Skip to comments.Estimating the Actual Death Rate Caused by Prescription Opioid Medication and Illicit Fentanyl
Posted on 04/16/2018 1:23:33 PM PDT by grumpygresh
The U.S. is said to be suffering from a crisis in deaths from opioid overdoses, prompting legislative and other efforts to clamp down on physician prescribing of these drugs. This article is an effort to identify the causes of these deaths, using data from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)through 2015, and the Wonder database compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
(Excerpt) Read more at jpands.org ...
“Targeting legal prescriptions is thus unlikely to reduce overdose deaths, but it may increase them by driving more users to illegal sources.”
Yep. (Over)Regulation is not the answer.
Ha! Great post. Confirms exactly as I had long suspected.
Well, you see, us swamp creatures get better bribes from the illegals.
May be of interest:
Oxycontin tweak helped turned addicts to heroin.
My wife is a pharmacist and says the legal supply of fentanyl is so tight that she can’t get any for the hospital she works in.
That’s liberal thinking for you. They believe that cracking down of the legitimate and legal supply of fentanyl will suddenly make the illegal supply disappear. It’s worked so well for drugs that they want to apply it to guns.
The conflation of these fatality statistics is intentional to increase the scope of government.
This is well-known, but the Great War on Drugs is as unstoppable as a military entanglement in the Middle East. Taking pain medicine away from those who are suffering is not tantamount to torture; it is torture. If you did this to a prisoner of war, youd be in violation of the Geneva Conventions. I pray everyone involved in this scurrilous deception is stricken with a chronic illness that leaves them writhing in pain for the rest of their miserable lives.
My next door neighbor is a Pharmacist. He says you see it very rarely in clinical context. At nearly 100x more powerful than morphine, he equates it to trying to carefully crack an egg with a sledgehammer. The few times he does see it is usually end of life pain management.
(Context - I’m a medical underwriter, we talk about these things.)
If an oncologist prescribes pain killers and the Feds don't like it, they can break that doctor, take aways his livelihood, and even imprison him.
It's not the job of the Federal government to decide who gets pain pills, and how many they are allowed. That is a private decision between doctor and patient.
And yet we always hear how abortion (i.e. infanticide) is "a private decision" between a woman and her doctor. Evidently just like with humans, to the Federal government, some "private decisions" are more equal than others.
A good friend of mine died last year. I helped his wife go through all his stuff after he died. He had many medical ills and had been prescribed opioids which he hardly took. While cleaning out his medical supplies we found probably over 1,000 pills. I said, “We have to destroy these.” She agreed. So, we put them all in a bucket, crushed them as best we could, and then poured motor oil over them and put them in a sealed container and put them in the trash. I told her that we could not trust handing them over to any entity for fear that they would be sold on the street. We did not flush them down the toilet.
The Chicoms are the major illicit fentanyl producers from what I’ve heard.
>>The real victim of opioid abuse are those who must endure unbearable physical pain...And yet we always hear how abortion (i.e. infanticide) is “a private decision” between a woman and her doctor.
Very good points. We can’t “torture” a terrorist, but it is a “good” thing to withhold strong pain meds for a person dealing with very real pain.
I had a feeling that the actual data (as opposed to the statistics) would show that the “opioid crisis” is just another numbers game for the government to exert more control.
Cities with the most draconian gun laws like Chicongo, DC, Balt'more, LA, San Fran are...
Those morons are hurting people with legitimate pain, who are looking for relief.
If people want to off themselves with illicit drugs, let em...
I think this “opioid crisis” is just pretense to legalize weed.
Nor will I ask for anything more than what I'm given for my upcoming procedure which the surgeon has warned me will be quite difficult.
As I said...China...Mexico...and weak,stupid people.
I've seen excruciating pain reduce great, strong men (dad and FnL) into whimpering weaklings.
Have they not learned that when you over regulate medications, people will just seek them through the black market. How many times do we have to repeat this nonsense?
$hit. I've been on Fentanyl for a year now. Oh well, been nice knowing everyone.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.