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There is not an Opioid epidemic, there is a stupidity epidemic in this country. This applies to many aspects of life.
originally posted by: TrueBrit
a reply to: DAVID64
Could be a little of both, although dead nerves have a tendency to send a constant pain signal in some cases. Not all cases, but some. That can be an absolute mind breaker.
originally posted by: lakenheath24
a reply to: face23785
Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not find the bill, does it name the sponsors? All 23 need to be named and shamed. Hmmm, 60 minutes mentioned 23 co-sponsors. I really winds me up that it was passed by unanimous decision, so nobody looked at it.
Marco Rubio of Florida was on it as well and Florida has declared a state of emergency!!!!
The government call a state of emergency over Zikka, but wont do crap when 200k of its own citizens die. Shameful
Trump wont say it....
States that have declared emergencies...
originally posted by: kurthall
a reply to: lakenheath24
Its not just Pharma, people buy opioids on the street. I take Oxys for extreme pain, I get 120 pills per month which I have to jump through hoops now to get, legally. My 10/325 pills have a street value of $10 per pill. Most of the deaths are not caused by prescribed medication, but from people getting the drugs on the street. The Opioid "epidemic" is not just because of prescribed medication, Heroin and synthetic fentanyl make up a huge portion of that. That is where the problem really is, yet whenever its talked about somehow legally prescribed medication gets thrown into that.
Every time I get my meds filled, I have to see my dr, get a physical prescription which will not be filled if its too soon. If I go to another Dr. for a narcotic prescription and try to fill it, its all in a national data base, and I can be banned from purchasing the meds. I also get random drug tests at my pain management dr, to make sure I am legitimate.
I need my medication, I think its ridiculous that soon it will be easier to get my meds on the freaking street.
The chief advocate of the law that hobbled the DEA was Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican who is now President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar. Marino spent years trying to move the law through Congress.
….The new law makes it virtually impossible for the DEA to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments from the companies, according to internal agency and Justice Department documents and an independent assessment by the DEA’s chief administrative law judge in a soon-to-be-published law review article. That powerful tool had allowed the agency to immediately prevent drugs from reaching the street.
….Besides the sponsors and co-sponsors of the bill, few lawmakers knew the true impact the law would have. It sailed through Congress and was passed by unanimous consent, a parliamentary procedure reserved for bills considered to be noncontroversial. The White House was equally unaware of the bill’s import when President Barack Obama signed it into law, according to interviews with former senior administration officials. Apparently the law was essentially written by a former DEA attorney who went to work for the drug industry in 2011. Read the whole thing for more, including the 18 months of stonewalling from DEA and the Justice Department when the Post requested records related to the law.
originally posted by: DAVID64
a reply to: TheOnlyBilko
I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic.....But Oxy is just that. I am disabled and have been on just about every narcotic pain med you can name. Morphine, Fentanyl, Demerol, etc, etc, etc and Oxy was the most useless, ineffective and addictive one I've ever had.
I tapered off/stopped all meds a while back, with Oxy being the last I was on and I'm still not quite back to 100%. It is taking what seems like forever for my body to ....recalibrate? from all that crap. The thing that makes me the maddest? I'm actually in less pain than I was on all that and any I do have is fairly easily managed with Advil or a hot shower.
Big Pharma is no better than the Cartels who traffic in Cocaine and meth. It just so happens they can get you hooked legally.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: lakenheath24
Just because the comparison isn't a 1:1 metaphor doesn't mean it doesn't apply here. Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking cigarettes can attest to this. It may have started as a choice, but by the time you want to quit it isn't much of a choice anymore.
Also, what we NEED to do is start treating addiction as a disease and offer treatment for it. Then we need to decriminalize all drugs just like Portugal. We also need our politicians to catch up with the rest of the country and start more readily supporting legalization of cannabis. Over 60% of the country wants that plant legalized and likely less than a third of Congress wants to actually make any movement on the issue. And this includes both sides of the partisan aisle here. Not trying to single one over the other. Also we should probably get rid of the DEA.