Thinking About Addiction
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We should remember that Ohio’s Republican governor had to go against the wishes of many in his own party in order to achieve this.
Not Latin American cartels or Afghan warlords, but advocates for opioid treatment of chronic pain, and pharmaceutical firms with a substantial financial interest in selling opioids.
Still, if the epidemic is already 28 years old, then how much more effective would these steps have been if they had been initiated way back when?
It’s these outdated attitudes towards addictions that enable the healthcare professional to ignore important information provided by the patient.
Traditional middle class jobs with career prospects replaced by a lower-paid, less stable workforce– perhaps more vulnerable to outside influence?
Think physician practices and pharmacies and specialty clinics who began with a lucrative sideline that may now be their main source of revenue.
The public , including those in elected office, seem to assume that the expected prohibition on sales and use by underage persons will somehow be enough to limit the damage.
I don’t think there are any health benefits associated with the practice; it’s purely about getting high.