Combating the opioid epidemic


Fox Business News
December 20, 2017

Opiant Pharmaceuticals CEO Dr. Roger Crystal on efforts to end the opioid epidemic.


Pharmaceuticals and doctors have for many years pushed the sale of these painkillers and psych drugs.  They are as much to blame as any street sellers for enabling addictions of opioids.

For so long, when people have gone to doctors the first thing they have said is “give me a pill” to fix …  Unfortunately, instead of saying let’s address this through homeopathic or some other intervention, the doctors have been just as quick to bring out their prescription pad. And drug companies have often lined the doctors’ pockets for doing so.

There are many who desperately need these simply to get through the day. But rather than explaining the problems and suggesting ways to ease up to the point where the more powerful intervention drugs are absolutely necessary, doctors simply have dumped the heavy drugs on the patients at the start.

I have been told and found out myself that at some point the current level of painkiller can no longer meet the need. Our bodies adjust or in some cases reverse the benefits of them. At that point it is far too easy to find a dependency has arisen and eventually consumes the person.

I have watched a friend wage war on her severe back pain, seeking many ways from exercise to burning nerve endings to simply alleviate its hold on her life. Unfortunately, it also has reached the point that despite all her efforts, stronger and stronger doses of pain medications are necessary.  She literally worries that the prescription will not last from monthly visit to monthly visit before agony and screaming pain takes over. In her case, the dilemma is real as is the pain.

Her insurance has also made the purchase and kind of available pain medications far more difficult to acquire even if the physician recommends a particular drug.  By the same token, it has become nearly impossible to get treatment and prescriptions because the opioid laws have shut down and limited the amount and the doctor allowed to write the scripts.

In addition people are often preyed upon and have their pills stolen because the street or blackmarket pays so well. This is a global level problem that everyone should be worried about. It is robbing us of future generations at an alarming rate from birth to death while costing a staggering amount in treatment and insurance.

There are now as we see in the video ways to treat those who become addicted or end up overdosing. However, even those will eventually find their way to street or blackmarketeers who find illegal uses for them just as has happened already.






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4 Responses to Combating the opioid epidemic

  1. Felinity says:

    SafeSpace and I knew one gem of a guy while in E. TN: When I heard that he bragged to others about sucking his Fentanyl patches, I swiftly, anonymously sent an advisory to his primary caretaker/Rx generator. Clearly they questioned him thoroughly, because he then told folks that he’d kill the tip-off party if he knew who it was. BTW, this beauty attended the same church we did…and he was known to have said that he only went to church to get pity and money.

    Hades awaits such duplicitous, craven hypocrites!

  2. Wise Owl says:

    I need hydrocodone for a back issue, but I am keenly aware of tolerance build-up and addiction, so I have managed successfully for years, at far less than the safe dosage. The mistake many make is to expect the pain to go entirely away– that approach leads to addiction, since tolerance builds up as more nerve endings are created to compensate. If, you tough out the pain and just use the opiate to take the edge off, and keep the dosage at the safe level no matter what, you can sustain its use without problems. OTOH, this is anecdotal and may not apply to everyone.

    • Uriel says:

      Exactly WiseOwl and is what I am about as well. Unfortunately there are those that are seduced by the drugs on the very first try-not all but a few are running away from some problems in real life rather than facing. Some are simply coping with physical problems and tumble down that rabbit hole. Others there appears to be a chemical “need”. I consider myself very lucky that I have been able to make it this far though others in my life succumbed.