The thing about the war on drugs is that the battle is facing the wrong direction. People seem to think that there are dark strangers standing on corners passing out drugs to their kids and friends. This is possible I suppose. But that’s not the likely source of their opioids.
In 2012 alone, doctors handed out 259 million opioid prescriptions— one bottle for every adult in the United States.
Prescribed and legal drugs are killing more people then street drugs. Yet people seem oblivious and blind to this reality. The image of someone with substance use disorder is a person who is roaming the streets and hooking or worse. But they could be your mother or sister who was given a prescription to treat their pain. Then things got out of control. And how far down the rabbit hole does it go?
More than 40 Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses.
That number is terrifying. This is the reason that I advocate for drugs being used as the last treatment line rather then the first. American culture has come to believe that there is a magical pill that can cure any problem. Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. The commercials lie.
Let’s spend more money on figuring out what to do with the legal drugs and the prescription system. Let’s take a look at the pharm companies and the way that they push their products. Should they really be advertising their products? Really? Let’s get big pharma out of our medical education system. Let’s get back to treating people without chemicals before we reach for those pill bottles. Use the drugs as the last line.