Can We Finally Have an Honest Discussion about the Opioid Crisis? by Charles Hugh Smith

Much is being ignored in current “discussions” of the opioid crisis. From Charles Hugh Smith at oftwominds.com:

The economy no longer generates secure, purposeful jobs for the working class, and so millions of people live in a state of insecure despair.
The opioid epidemic is generating a lot of media coverage and hand-wringing, but few if any solutions, and this is predictable: if you don’t face up to the causes, then you can’t solve the problem. America is steadfastly avoiding looking at the causes of the opioid crisis, which is soberly reflected in these charts of soaring opioid-caused deaths:
If we are going to have an honest conversation about the opioid epidemic, then we need to recognize the real causes of the epidemic:
1. The Pharmaceutical industry falsely claimed synthetic opioids were non-addictive, and a complicit, toothless regulatory system did nothing, egged on by politicians who were bought off by mega-bucks campaign contributions from Big Pharma.
2. Our sickcare system is very good at over-prescribing painkillers as a substitute for treating the source of the pain, which is often complex. Our “healthcare” system, much of which consists of endless TV adverts promoting one costly medication after another, is basically a conduit from Big Pharma to poorly informed “consumers” (quaintly referred to as “patients” to mask the actual dynamic).
This system has trained “consumers” to expect a magic pill for every ailment or pain, and any doctor who refuses to over-prescribe is risking blowback from the “patients” and the rest of the system. Americans have been trained to avoid treatments that require effort and changing their lifestyle; they demand a magic pill that works right away, with no effort required.
3. The economy no longer generates secure, purposeful jobs for the working class, and so millions of people live in a state of insecure despair, a state devoid of purpose, meaning, and ways to contribute to their families and communities. People stripped of meaningful livelihoods are prone to finding escape in destructive addictive drugs and habits.
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2 responses to “Can We Finally Have an Honest Discussion about the Opioid Crisis? by Charles Hugh Smith

  1. “….because cannabis doesn’t kill people and you can’t overdose on it.
    Go ahead and do your own research: I couldn’t find a single verified instance of a cannabis-caused death in the U.S. when I sought verifiable statistics on cannabis-caused deaths a few years ago.”
    The below article might not qualify for CHSmith’s marijuana overdose–>death criteria, but it may not be far off:

    http://denver.cbslocal.com/2015/05/18/marijuana-intoxication-blamed-in-more-deaths-injuries/

    The above article link came from a more far reaching article. I have not checked out the links yet.

    https://newswithviews.com/rocky-mountain-high-has-brought-devastation-to-colorado/

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  2. Lack of moral fiber is the reason. If what you say were true the Depression would have seen the greatest abuse of drugs the world has ever seen. People who indulge in drugs are not in despair, they are weak and without purpose.

    Think about the druggies you know and what characterizes them. Is it a strong moral character, or the sleazy beliefs one finds on those channels that justify situational ethnics and “it depends.”

    Are these the people you would trust or the kind of people that tell you Obamacare will improve medical care and cost you less while letting you keep a great medical system

    I have known brillant people who folded and embraced the momentary pleasures of drugs, because they were different. They are all on skid row and losers who will end in a paupers grave. None of them despaired. The only exception I can think of was a friend who was badly injured in an industrial accident and depended on pain killers to survive the day.

    But the drug “crisis” resulted in the doctors cutting him off. Suicide was the result. Such is the mindlessness that tell us about recreational drug losers and those who cannot get the care they need.

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