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?
Opioid – Some of the most commonly abused opioids are prescription drugs, such as codeine….. Tylenol (1, 2, 3 and 4), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan), morphine and others. Also, because of the risk of abuse, opioids are prescribed cautiously for chronic pain.
Now with that being said;
The Chicago Tribune reports; “according to government data, released on 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, in 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 re-stated facts, but I have a number of strong opinions, concerning these statistics.
It makes me wonder…. How do these numbers impact other issues? Are more people dying from drugs, or car accidents? And how does this travesty impact; 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. sooner than later. 50,000 suicidal drug overdoses a year, all from opioids/ prescription drugs, indicates to me, the need to re-examine the US economy. These statistics, I believe indicate massive depression within the US economy, as well as, the need for our government to spend more cautiously on healthcare.
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 the stress, created by corporate America, in terms of honest Americans, running themselves into the ground?
I ask….. What are the solutions? And personally, I believe the foremost solution, is to rename the drugs themselves.
I believe the title(s), of the drugs themselves, “namely pain killers,” could be a big part of the problem. 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 as 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 rename the drugs themselves. Furthermore, I’d like to see the drugs re-titled, something more akin to their nature. For example, what if Oxycontin was called, “death pills?” What if Vicodin was called, “severe nerve agents?” I believe these titles would be more appropriate and greatly benefit society, as opposed to those medications simply being labeled, “pain killers.”
Just a thought.
-William Larsen, Civilians News