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It’s these outdated attitudes towards addictions that enable the healthcare professional to ignore important information provided by the patient.
Think physician practices and pharmacies and specialty clinics who began with a lucrative sideline that may now be their main source of revenue.
I don’t think there are any health benefits associated with the practice; it’s purely about getting high.
That’s not a large percent of the user population, but it’s among the sickest. That along might be enough to justify the investment; I’m sure a number of lives have been saved along the way.
Not everybody wants to remain dependent on pain medication. But at present, we offer few if any alternatives to doing it on your own.
Once a problem such as opoid overprescribing is widespread, entrenched in practice, good luck eradicating it with new laws.