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Why Do We Have an Opioid Crisis?

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I talk about my perspective on the opioid crisis and why we have. Also, there are no words to describe the magnitude of what we are currently facing in terms of needless pain and suffering.
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neva shiva (4 months ago)
4:33 that bs was later on, the original story of why Oxycontin is supposed to be a ok for pain, they originally claimed it's not as addictive as the other drugs. Imo this whole mess is because drug companies and every other benefactor don't want to apologies and say we actually promoted this bs, and now it is being sold as a 'if the pharmacist just warns ahead, the patient will be able to deal with this', the conversations is always steered away from the notion that logic has nothing to do with drug addiction and wanting to get high, and that the 'danger' of it IS part of the thrill. When you are communicating with the mentality that thinks it's ok to play with health in exchange of getting high the tone imo needs to be different and yes judgmental at least from my stand point as someone who works in the health industy, I am not here to make you high...I am here to do you no harm, or help your health, getting high is not quantified as something I should asses in risk vs benefit management. However some people are ok with it...drug companies and health professionals alike, I know colleagues who strategically wanted to open in areas where they know 'opioid sales' are high. I am so over pretending this is some sort of an innocent misunderstanding, and implying the issue is 'grey'. You never need to report the morality of your business just its monetary profit, and this is what this is about, period. No patient comes up with 101 ways to forge prescriptions for lipitor. There was obviously a problem way too long ago before it became a too many dead bodies 'crisis'. Opioids have always been reserved for Cancer patients because their addictive qualities were fully understood, it's the constant attempt to promote their use beyond that which eventually succeeded that got us here. But there is no retraction by those who did that, and no apparent criminal charges against the inhumane business scoundrels who only value sales numbers. But yeah the message keeps being around, 'don't be judgmental, and monitor the patients', whatever the hell that means. When I worked at pharmacies you could easily 'judge' who's a candy doctor, or who's abusing the system, but good luck reporting any of it, the system indirectly pressures you to not report, it ends up more of a hassle for you than the benefactors. You're just there as a nice scapegoat when it gets too ugly. Now, I finally see these prescriptions toning down, finally they're doing the obvious actually telling doctors stop prescribing them, instead of this retarded approach of expecting the pharmacist to be able to intervene between a doctor and a patient without being reprimanded by both ends. Tldr: the drug companies are pretending to be stupid, they knew what they were doing, and they turned out wrong, and now they are 'slowing it down' without any consequence, money paid, bellies fed, people dead, and quiet frankly...by their own uninformed 'choice'. Next.
Mah Ranch (6 months ago)
Your premise is incorrect. In 2010, just 3,100 people died from heroin ODs in the U.S (people who died ONLY from heroin, excluding drug combos). In 2016 over 21,000 people died from FENTANYL overdoses. We don't have an opiate epidemic, we have a fentanyl epidemic. If all this fentanyl wasn't being imported from China, our opiate problem would be at pre-2010 levels. Edit: I'm not a drug user but the only solution that is effective, is to legalize drugs. Opiates and heroin will ALWAYS exist. There will ALWAYS be heroin on the black market for people who want it. That will never change. Ignoring that fundamental fact is ignorant. So then, since we can't eliminate narcotics, the only solution is to MANAGE their usage. We do this by legalizing them. This also eliminates a significant chunk of crime as organizations who depend on the black market drug trade (gangs, cartels, etc) have their business vanish literally overnight.
Jeff the Pharmacist (6 months ago)
The CDC puts it at over 15,000 for Heroin and 20,000 for fentanyl. I don't see how you can blame it all on Chinese fentanyl. Obviously thats a huge part but more people are taking heroin, morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone. The prescribing practices are much more liberal than they used to be.

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