I’ll keep this short. Heading home from Atlanta and an incredibly disturbing Rx Drug Abuse Summit. A few key takeaways.
- The increase in the prescription opioid death toll is terrifying. These are drugs ONLY AVAILABLE WITH A DOCTOR’S PRESCRIPTION.
- Heroin is getting even worse – driven largely by the rampant over-prescribing of opioids. 75% of heroin users started with prescription opioids.
- We are making progress. Lots of different approaches, very passionate people, truly impressive effort by the Feds.
- There’s disagreement around the margins, but not with the central issue – opioid abuse is an unmitigated disaster.
The net is this. There are far, far too many docs writing way more opioid scripts than they should. Tens of thousands of people are dying, families are destroyed, kids left without parents.
You want to talk about treating pain?
How about the pain of kids without parents, moms without daughters, sisters without brothers, communities without hope.
Who is treating their pain?
and who is causing it?