September 17th 2017 – By: William Larsen – Civilians News – “News For All Views”
– Trump Declares A National State of Emergency On Pharmaceutical Drugs –
“America’s worst public health crisis in decades,” declared President Trump, in August.
But what is an “opioid?” Specifically?
Opioid(s) – “Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs, including; codeine….. Tylenol (1, 2, 3 and 4), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), morphine and others. Prescription drugs, often prescribed as pain treatment.”
Furthermore, 50,000 American deaths were caused last year alone by, “opioid drug overdoses.” Worse yet, these statistics were caused by an industry, which according to “PharmeceuticalCommerce.com” will be worth 1.12 TRILLION DOLLARS, in 2022. Even worse yet, this is an industry which currently sits at the pinnacle of vast government spending…….. Nevertheless, this is troubling for a variety of reasons.
Again however, these are re-stated facts but I have some very strong opinions, regarding these issues.
First of all, how do these numbers effect other issues? Have drug overdoses surpassed automobile deaths, as the number 1 cause of death in America? And how does prescription drug suicide, impact; universal health care, obesity, social security and government spending?
I’ve written prior articles on suicide statistics, in conjunction with food stamp and housing reform, but in my opinion… this dilemma pin points the need for food and housing reform today.
There were 50,000 fatalities, solely due to opioid overdoses, just last year. That means out of 350 million Americans, 1/70000 people, died last year from suicidal opioid overdoses. Whereby, this statistic indicates to me… the immediate need for our entire country to re-examine our society, as a whole. Also, I believe that these statistics are gravely indicative of massive depression within the US, as well as the need for our government to spend more cautiously, on prescription health-care costs.
Regardless, what are the solutions? Surely some people have benefited from these types of medications? Is this rash of suicides…. caused by the drugs themselves? Or, is this an offshoot of social stress and anxiety, created by corporate America, in terms of honest Americans running themselves into the ground? Or do people just suck? Isn’t that what the news should be reporting on?
But I ask….. what are the solutions? And personally, I believe that the foremost solution is to simply rename these drugs.
I believe that the title(s) of the drugs themselves, “namely pain killers,” could be a big part of the problem. In particular, the term, “pain killer,” to me, seems more like a nefarious marketing ploy than a medicinal title.
How about, “nerve agents?”
Just a thought.
-William Larsen, Civilians News