Our country is struggling with a serious opioid dependence problem, a problem that has been contributed to exorbitantly by excessive and ongoing over prescribing of opioid pain relievers.
For the last twenty-plus years, the United States has been on the receiving end of what might be the worst drug addiction epidemic that this country has ever seen. Everywhere we turn, there is an addiction. Every year that passes, the problem gets worse.
We are approaching a point in our society where drug and alcohol addiction are our primary concerns in the overall health and vitality of the American people.
We live in a very peculiar, very unique time in society right now. Let’s look at this. In the United States, our medicine and our approaches to health are more incredibly advanced than they have ever been in our history. Yet in that same token, the problems that we face and the threats to our health are also possibly more severe than they have been in many decades. And at the end of the day, the American people do not have nearly as high of a health ranking as they should, given our technology and medical prowess. Why is this?
The primary reason we are in the drug and alcohol addiction epidemic that we are currently in is that of pharmaceutical drugs. There is no sense sugarcoating this, not when this is very much so the truth of the situation.
Did you know that the pharmaceutical industry plans to submit more than nine-hundred new pharmaceutical drugs to the Food and Drug Administration for approval between now and 2022? This is the gravity of the world we live in, a world where we use pharmaceutical drugs as a solution to just about everything.
January 19, 2018: The Los Angeles County Coroner released the results of the toxicology analysis for Tom Petty. His death has now been ruled an accidental drug overdose, with opioids and benzodiazepines causing him to stop breathing.
How did America get to the point of losing 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses in one year? We’ve traveled a long road to get to this point and in truth, most people haven’t even noticed the journey.
Solving the Opioid Crisis: What Has to Happen to Return Prescription Control to the Right Hands? Part III
Let’s take a look at an ideal world—a world where drugs are only given when they are truly needed to improve health, where there is no undue or skewed influence causing patients to ask for specific types of medication, where doctors use nothing but an honest education to make their choices. What might have to happen to take us in the direction of this ideal world?
When doctors prescribe any drug, it should only be done to improve a patient’s health, right? Over the last few decades, prescribing practices have begun to be influenced too heavily by the wrong parties. Millions of Americans have suffered as a result.