Share the News LikeBy R Carter In the United States, the opioid crisis has passed into the pages of our history and is now a mostly forgotten topic. It’s an issue I started talking about in 2019 as many in the chronic pain community had reached such levels of apathy or…
Share the News LikeA new publication from the Trust for America’s Health[i], TFAH.org, a non-partisan public health policy, research, and advocacy organization, shows that deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicides have leveled off for the first time since when records were first kept in 1999. In 2018, more than 150,000 Americans…
Genetics is about probability, the more genetic markers you have for a disease or condition, the higher the probability. With 19 new genetic variants found, all linked to problematic drinking, the easier it will be for doctors to say, yes you have the disease or no you don’t. More importantly, in families with a history of substance abuse, we can identify at-risk individuals sooner and educate them from an early age that if they start down this path, they may never make it back before losing everything, maybe even their lives.
Once again the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrated they are more politically driven than science-driven when they acknowledged on Friday they had mixed together results from viral and antibody tests on its website, elevating the number of tests performed to check for infected individuals.
China’s crackdown on makers of the drug, which has fueled the U.S. opioid crisis, may have simply created opportunities for crime syndicates elsewhere. …
I’m continuously amazed by the manner in which denial and irrational thought play out in individual behavior. Given the right circumstances, no one is immune from it and sometimes it can even have beneficial side-effects and outcomes, but in regards to COVID-19 and our government’s response to opioids when treating painful conditions, duplicity has been exposed.
CDC study raises questions on the need for continued efforts to reduce the supply side of prescribed opioids and the continued funding of PDMP programs.
Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths with Fentanyl or Fentanyl Analogs Detected in 28 States and the District of Columbia, July 2016–December 2018
Approximately two-thirds of the 70,237 U.S. drug overdose deaths reported in 2017 involved opioids. Since 2013, opioid-involved overdose deaths involving illicitly manufactured fentanyl has sharply increased. Fentanyl analogs are structurally similar to fentanyl but vary in potency, are primarily illicitly distributed, and require specific postmortem toxicology testing for detection. Deaths involving fentanyl analogs, particularly carfentanil, increased in 10 states during 2016–2017 and often co-occurred with fentanyl.
As of 2020, there are still publications from official sources such as the DEA, CDC, NIDA, NIH, and SAMHSA which continue to label the opioid overdose crisis as a prescription drug problem. While I agree that prescription drugs were a contributor at the beginning in 1999, efforts to limit the supply side, close loopholes in our healthcare system that encouraged abuse from within healthcare and from outside, all have had dramatic effects on reducing the availability of prescription opioids. As of 2013, according to the CDC, its now a fentanyl problem, none-the-less the message to the public remains one as a prescription drug problem. Here, in the governments own words, are all the reasons this is an unlikely scenerio.
Nationwide the addiction rate to alcohol runs at 6.6%, with Ohio’s 1.9 million population that’s 6,600 alcohol-dependent individuals per 100,000 population or 125,400 people. Whereas opioid addiction, from both illegal and prescription sources, runs at 0.78% for 780 opioid-dependent Ohioans. It’s estimated the contribution from prescribed opioids is 100 times less than that. This means alcohol addiction is 84o times more prevalent than addiction to prescribed opioids.