What Has Been Done To Fix The Opioid Problem

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Even though the President is not doing what he promised with respect to the opioid problem, in my estimation he has done a couple of significant things.

Society changed the name of this phenomenon from a crime to a crisis, and the President embraces that reclassification. That is a very important distinction because it changes the attitude of the majority public from contempt to empathy.

This change in classification also opens the way for more funding than ever existed in the past, back when it was seen as strictly a crime problem. That really shines a light on the hypocrisy at work here. I’m old enough to have witnessed the harsh treatment doled out to those drug abusers who were obviously sick. Treatment was virtually unheard of, but incarceration was the preferred solution.

That however, doesn’t begin to explain how crack got into our neighborhoods in the first place. At least today we know the major players in this current crisis. Let’s not pretend that we don’t know that for many, it begins with prescribed drugs (I refuse to call them medications). I like to call them drugs, because it is poison by degree, and we have the statistics to back that up.

When will the brain dead American realize that anything synthetic (made in a laboratory) is a chemical (poison), I wrote about that in the pdf document I produced 25 years ago, named “Toxins The 800 Pound Gorilla In The Room”, I made the statement that “Synthetics are incompatible with human health“. It’s very evident today and yet we still fall for the deception. Many unfortunately fall dead.

We really have become victims of our own ignorance in a way that is mind blowing. I look at all these things going on and say to myself  “if you did not see and pay attention to any of these trends developing”? You should have asked some Black folk, as we tried to tell you, but you could not hear it.

You were too busy being distracted by all the propaganda suggesting that some how, we were your problem. I wonder what you think now. You failed to recognize that we were intentionally being divided against one another. They use one tactic for us and a different tactic for you. The end result is opposition, strife and a contempt for one another, known as divide and conquer. Get a clue!

In this entire opioid dilemma the one thing not talked about is the failure of allopathic (MD) medicine. A system that relies exclusively on chemicals rather consideration of other modalities of treatment. A system that for the most part puts a bandaid on the problem.

While I acknowledge that there are many people with legitimate conditions that require pain relief, but I question the chemical only approach to pain management. This chemically and financially oriented medical system seems to show no imagination or innovation when it comes to other ways of treating patients.

The dismal truth is in reality, doctors are locked into a chemically based paradigm that threatens doctors if they stray from the standard mode of treatment. The other problem is, Insurance companies refuse to cover anything but the chemical based system.

In many sufferers there are multiple underlying conditions that may even contribute to the chronic pain that many experience. Most of the compensation in the medical system is realized through the sale of chemicals and the diagnosis that lead to prescribing them.

There is a psychological aspect of this crisis, that has become very hard to deal with by those of us who are not drug users or drug abusers. Seeing all the deaths in the media every day is eerily similar to what you see in war zones (minus the blood), but the bodies are there to remind everyone, this is life and death.

I’ve always believed that instead of a war on drugs, there should have been established a war on ignorance. Rarely, if ever do people not on the ground fully understand what’s going on at ground level. They come up with policies, etch them in stone, and claim credit for the solution.

Once it’s realized that the so called solution failed to consider the nuances of the problem, making modifications to the problem is like turning the titanic, and therefore fails people on the ground directly affected by the problem.

So you’re forced to suffer within a system that can’t (by regulations) look into each individual’s history and doctor proclaimed condition to employ exceptions to these clumsily crafted policies, that makes no distinctions, just dictates.

In my opinion, the treatment approach is what unfairly targets those who really have a pain crisis that is real. Symptoms are routinely treated as if they are the problem, rather that something deeper.

We’ve understood for hundreds of years that the cookie cutter approach will only prove accurate in a percentage of the intended law or policy outcomes. Finding and fixing the cause of the pain is the only real solution to chronic pain.


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