Reunited Canadian hardcore unit Chokehold have premiered a new song titled “Profit Over People”. Vocalist Chris Logan said of the track:
“It seems like every other month we are hearing about another friend, family member or acquaintance gone from substance addiction. The alarming thing that a lot of these people had in common is being prescribed opioids to deal with what may have been a simple pain relief issue at the time. Without the much-needed education and resources, it can feel like a helpless battle for those addicted and those around them.
The pharmaceutical companies responsible for the opioid crisis know precisely what they are doing, running their business like a criminal empire with prizes going to the pushers. No one should expect to transition to drug addiction after seeking pain relief from someone they are supposed to trust. Sounds unbelievable but over 80% of Heroin users reported that their first opioid was a prescription drug. Our addictions are their profits and what is even more sickening is that some of these same people are trying to profit again with medications to treat the same addictions they caused.
Our governments are being bought and controlled by these companies, and this keeps recovery programs and education severely underfunded and alternatives to pain relief illegal. Addiction is not a weakness or lack of willpower; this is about the vulnerable being taken advantage of at their most desperate time.
How many more close to us are we going to let be victims of this vicious cycle?
What can we do to change the outcome?”
“Profit Over People” is the second track to debut off the band’s upcoming studio record, With This Thread I Hold On, which is set to hit stores on April 19th through Good Fight Music. Following their reunion, the group announced the release of the album and premiered first single “2.0”, which you can take in below. Pre-orders of the effort can be secured via this link.
With This Thread I Hold On track listing:
- “Profit Over People”
- “No Shelter”