September 17th 2017 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”
– Trump Declares, “National State Of Emergency,” On Pharmaceutical Drugs. –
“America’s worst public health crisis in decades,” declared President Trump, in August of 2017.
…. “America’s worst public health crisis in decades.”
President Trump came to the White House, debriefed all of America’s most important issues and decided to announce that “opioid overdoses,” are reaching cataclysmic levels.
But what is an “opioid,” specifically? The President said specifically, “opioid addiction/overdose.”
Opioid – Some of the most commonly abused opioids are prescription drugs, such as codeine-containing Tylenol (1, 2, 3 and 4), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), morphine and others. Because of the risk of abuse, opioids are prescribed cautiously for chronic pain.
So specifically, the President is referring to drugs such as; heroine, pain killers, methamphetamine, morphine, codeine, Oxycontin, Vicodin and other pharmaceutical pain medications.
The Chicago Tribune reports; “according to government data released Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, drug overdose deaths in the U.S. surpassed 50,000 in 2015, the highest mark in at least 15 years. … More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.”
50,000 American deaths, in one year, caused by “opioid drug overdoses.”…. Worse yet, these statistics are caused by an industry, which according to “PharmeceuticalCommerce.com” will be worth 1.12 TRILLION DOLLARS, by 2022.
On top of that, this is an industry, which currently sits at the pinnacle of vast government spending……..
This is troubling for a variety of reasons. These are restated facts, but I have a number of opinions, concerning these statistics.
It makes me wonder…. How do these numbers impact other issues? How does, “this circumstance,” reflect upon other issues? Are more people dying from drugs, or car accidents? How do these numbers, reflect upon issues such as; universal health care, obesity, social security disability and government spending?
I’ve written prior articles on suicide statistics, in conjunction with food stamps and housing reforms, but this pharmaceutical dilemma, is pin pointing the need for food and housing reforms to take place. 50,000 suicidal overdoses a year, all from opioids/drugs. For me this indicates the need to loosen up the US economy, in terms of bare necessity, due to this level of suicide alone. These statistics, I believe indicate massive depression within the US economy, as well as, the need for our government, to spend more cautiously on health care.
Regardless, what are the solutions? Surely some people, in fact benefit from these types of medications. Is this rash of suicides caused by the drugs themselves, or is this an offshoot of the stress created by corporate America, in terms of honest Americans running the hamster wheel, for rent and food?
What are the solutions? Well, I believe the foremost solution, is to rename the drugs themselves.
I believe that the title of the drugs themselves, namely “pain killers,” is a big part of the problem itself. The term, “pain killer,” to me seems more like a nefarious marketing ploy, then a medicinal title.
The title itself is what bothers me the most. Who doesn’t want to stop pain? Surely, most of us do. In fact, I would go so far as to say, I think almost anyone, could falsely believe, they could benefit from such a medication. The term itself, “pain killer,” to me, is too inviting. So the foremost solution, that I have personally, would be to start by renaming the drugs themselves. I’d like to see the drugs re-titled, something more akin to the nature of the drugs. For example, what if Oxycontin was called, “death pills?” What if Vicodin was called, “severe nerve agents,” as opposed to being titled, “pain killers?”
Just a thought.
-William Larsen, Civilians News