Getting the Opioid Epidemic Right

Posted: July 13, 2017 by gamegetterII in Uncategorized

This article gets it partly right.

The so called opioid epidemic no longer has much to do with prescription drugs, and abuse of prescription drugs was always part of the problem.

The thing is almost every opioid death from prescription drugs involves abuse of the opioid , combined with alcohol and other drugs.

Deaths from taking opioid pain meds- as prescribed- are extremely rare.

Politicians have passed a plethora of laws that make it harder for doctors to prescribe opioids- while neglecting the fact that these opioid overdose deaths from prescription pain meds involve abuse of the drug- not taking as prescribed.

These laws have little to no effect on those who abuse the drugs. What these laws do is make people with legitimate chronic pain suffer because of the absurd amount of extra training and extra paperwork Dr’s now have to go through.

Take a prescription to a pharmacy, and you are treated like a criminal and/or a junkie.

This is doing nothing to stop the flow of heroin and fentayl which cause most of the deaths in the opioid epdemic.

The common factor in all the overdoses is people abusing drugs- whether prescription or illegal.

Focus needs to be on preventing large quantities of heroin and fentanyl from entering the U.S.

It’s either that or just make them legally available to anyone. At least the purity/ dosage would be calculated correctly, rather than some dope dealer who never graduated high school trying to calulate the dosage of fentanyl in micrograms when they don’t even comprehend what the difference between milligram and microgram is.

Option 3 is just let the junkies kill themselves off and remove the addicts from the gene pool.

I don’t see option 3 actually happening, and many people successfully stop abusing drugs.

Then there’s the fact that Afghanistan now supplies close to 90% of the worlds heroin, with most of the rest coming from Mexico and the old ” golden triangle” in SE Asia.

I don’t have the answer, but nothing currently being done seems to be helping.

One thing I do know is this bullshit of making people who are truly suffering with chronic pain suffer to make some politician fell good and act like he/she accomplished something needs to stop.

I figure the current “opioid epidemic” will start slowing down real soon. Just like back in the ’70’s when heroin was plentiful, then kids grew up watching older brothers, sisters and parents either die or ruin their lives- and the kids never did the shit.

Same with crack cocaine- after seeing brothers, sisters and parents fuck up their lives- the kids growing up when crackheads were everywhere never did the shit.

The “War on Drugs” is not winnable- prohibtion should have taught that lesson.


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