Chet Ruminski Wrote: Wide support for battling opioid epidemic. But why is there an opioid epidemic?
As with many things in this country - it's complicated.
Many people are addicted to heroin and other opiates because they were prescribed pain medication after an accident at their work place, a nasty car wreck, or falling off a ladder.
Doctors legally prescribed rather powerful opiates and didn't monitor their patients well enough. That one, two, or three month supply of legal opiates then suddenly vanishes after the prescription is up and people didn't receive enough help weening off their prescription. The patient, now pretty much hooked on opiates and without a legal way to get them, resorts to the black market to feed their addiction.
There are millions of people like this in the United States. Big Pharma had a decades long full court press pushing opiates for all ailments and they spent billions of dollars lobbying doctors to prescribe drugs like OxyContin, Demerol, and Fentanyl. Doctors then began prescribing these drugs to kids as young as ten, turning unsuspecting people into drug addicts overnight.
It's almost like physicians never bothered to take a history class during their studies because if they had they would have realized that history is repeating itself and they are now partially responsible for it.
Other people are addicted to opiates for various other reasons, but there is plenty of empirical evidence drawing a direct line from the push for legal opiates in the late 1980's and 90's to the explosion in opiate related deaths in the aughts.
The same goes with the direct line from Ritalin to Meth addiction. Millions of unsuspecting kids dutifully took their Ritalin prescription for decades only to become chemically addicted to the compounds that make up the drug, making them fall more susceptible to becoming addicted to Crystal Meth.
If anyone is to blame for this current epidemic it's Big Pharma and the physicians who threw away their oaths as doctors and fell prey to their propaganda machine.
Does it have to do with income. Seems like most of the laborers I have hired over the years were taking some kind of pain killer and most of it was opioids. Are poor people treated with opioids because it is an easier way to treat them and more affluent people are treated with medicine that requires a stronger patient participation. Another way to say it, are lower income people less likely to work with their pain or are lower income jobs more painful. It just seems the problem is more prevalent with lower incomes. Just a personal opinion never researched it.