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It's a Deadly Combination: Drugs/Addiction/Mental Health/Hepatitis C
Seats On The Scary-go-round....
Getting off drugs is like getting off a moving merry-go-round.
120 Americans dying a day from overdoeses, 43,800 a year.
Enough pain killers prescribed to give every American 70 of them a year.(multiply that one!)*
"Do no harm." Really?
Now a drug is being pushed to save overdosed lives.
Who has stock in that manufacturer, and all the other problematics?
Are we a society whose values and morality, even common sense, are adrift?
Sharing needles? Is that a lack of education, or a case of mental disorders?
1st Seat: is it low education, low standards, mental illness, or the drugs themselves?
2nd Seat: are the rest of us just writing them off?
3rd Seat: are funerals cheaper (they are dollar wise) than treatment and education?
4th Seat: social ills from gangs, low employment, stagnant wages, the disintegration of the family,wide availability, and greed?
5th Seat: this one on the scary-go-round is only temporarily empty. It will fill soon.
* Both are government statistics announced on a WAMU/NPR program June 11, 2015.
Why is all this out of control?
Recently a woman living nearby checked herself into a hospital for severe depression. Her condition was apparently treated too casually. Within less than 24 hours she had died of a successful suicide in the hospital to which she had gone for help. Her close family was shocked, not so much that depression could lead to suicide, but that it happened where their family member had gone to save herself.
"Coming clean" from such a prevalence of drugs in our society is so remarkable that those who are attempting to slow the epidemic are thrilled when recounting the signal cases in which an addict actually survives to go on and have a productive life!
If the 70 times 380,000,000 pills per year figure was mind boggling, try to comprehend how all those pani killers got into circulation in America, Doing so you only have to look at who was seated on the scary-go-round mentioned above. Surely they didn't all come as the result of prescriptions filled by pharmacies, though many did.
For the many that did, where was FDA, DEA, FBI,and local law enforcement, while this flood of disasters was taking place across the country? Were the insurance companies complicit, too?
Take that number of that one type of medications and multiply that by how much each pill costs at retail, and you can see that a large part of the problem is profit driven, so much so that a percentage of home invasions, burglaries, and thefts by visitors are to steal the medications actuallyt sick patients legitimately need.
In the mix are the mental health issues, the illegal drugs issues, and all the rest.
The federal statistics came from an interview with a man whose emphasis seemed to be on helping first responders, such as police, emergency medical technicians, and hospital staffs have access to and training in how to administer a counter-acting drug that could reduce fatalities from drug overdoses.
While that effort is important, it is like a doctor treating the symptoms rather than the cause.
Things get done in our system of government only when there is enough public concern and pressure to get the responsible parties' undivided attention.
Perhaps an annual rate of deaths from overdoses that annually equals all our military fatalities from the Vietnam War is not enough to bring on that public pressure even as another election cycle rolls around.
Perhaps the empty seats on the scary-go-round will just continue to fill....and empty.
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