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.