Thu Mar 21, 2019, 11:30 AM

War on Opioid Abuse Is Striking the Wrong Target

Prescription drugs help people in pain. They aren’t to blame for the rise in opioid deaths.

By Ramesh Ponnuru
March 21, 2019, 10:00 AM EDT

Patients in pain have become collateral damage in the war on opioids.

That’s the message of a letter from more than 300 medical professionals, including three former White House drug czars, to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2016, the CDC issued guidelines to discourage doctors from overprescribing opioids. The signatories believe that those guidelines are being misapplied in a way that keeps many patients in agony.

Among policymakers, however, the focus is still on cracking down on prescriptions. Thirty-three states had imposed some type of limit on opioid prescriptions by last October. Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado are pushing for a federal limit. Under their legislation, initial prescriptions for acute pain could cover no more than seven days and include no refills.

In the senators’ press release, Gardner says: “As I’ve met with Coloradans impacted by the opioid epidemic, the recurring story is clear. Oftentimes, the first over prescription spurs the devastating path of addiction.”

Gillibrand concurs: “One of the root causes of opioid abuse is the over-prescription of these powerful and addictive drugs.”

The bipartisan pair of senators have the same mindset that led then Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recommend last year that people in pain “tough it out” with aspirin rather than opioids. President Donald Trump, too, has called for reducing opioid prescriptions. “It’s so highly addictive,” he has said. “People go into a hospital with a broken arm; they come out, they’re a drug addict.”


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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 12:39 PM

1. The majority that are dying are not dying from prescription drugs. They are dying from

Fentanyl form China and Heroin from Mexico. Rather than protect our border from these drugs, our idiot politicians make it almost impossible for Americans suffering from chronic pain to get legal prescriptions.

These folks are then forced to the streets to buy the illegal street heroin or fentanyl that's killing people. Go figure.

"Most U.S. heroin comes from Mexico and Colombia, and lately also perhaps Guatemala. However, heroin itself is not the primary culprit of high rates of overdose. It is fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid mixed into heroin and cocaine, as well as used on its own. Fentanyl causes deadly overdoses, particularly if dealers do not disclose the presence of fentanyl in the hits they sell to users (so as to get them addicted to a more profitable drug). Though some fentanyl production appears to be developing in Mexico, most of U.S. fentanyl comes from China."

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Response to Sundogs_Place (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 21, 2019, 01:28 PM

3. this is spot-on, indeed.

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Thu Mar 21, 2019, 12:52 PM

2. ''no more than seven days and include no refills'' Gillibrand & Gardner are clueless morons too

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