...OF OPIOID CRISIS
I'm not a surfer. But, I have ridden some pretty big waves. And some of those waves have risen pretty high, at least up to my neck. Yes indeedy...surfer or not, (which, remember I am not) a 65 inch /1.65 meter wave is likely to minimally require a surfboard leash and the unimpaired ability to yell out (and be heard by someone/thing that can help) across the body of water that facilitated the wave's creation in the first place.
.A noticeable amount of people seemed to have been trumped (gullible) into thinking that America was going to be great again when electoral college shenanigans placed DJT (Donald J. Trump) at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Never mind the fact that the past
eight years of POTUS 44 were definitely
worthy of celebration and served (at Nobel Peace Prize, 2009 level) to demonstrate diplomacy and cooperation among people.
But some people just don't recognize balance, nor do they know what to do with it, especially when it's facilitated at the helm of one whose skin contains a nice helping of eumelanin.
And similarly, the opioid crisis has trumped, perhaps even blind-sided those prescribing opioids, and those who utilize them via prescription and use them through means not described in the package insert, namely abuse.
(Moving forward, it's probably going to be necessary for health care facilitators, especially those who work with the most vulnerable (e.g. seniors, youth, and traditionally marginalized-poor, LGBTQ, minorities) to do more than just diagnose and dispense. We will need those foresighted enough to understand how to actually measure health and determine where the breaches occur/have occurred-social, emotional, financial wellness determinants, for example)
Somewhere in the early 1990s, Big Pharma green-lighted increased use, assuring that there was little risk of opioid pan killer addiction, and so it was off to the races with prescribing and utilization. I recall at least two Purdue Pharma reps detailing me ( I was a retail and hospital pharmacist during this time) about there really being no maximum dose for Oxycontin and that I should feel comfortable and safe in dispensing large doses.
Uhhh yeah, Mr. Purdue Pharma Drugrep. I accepted my marketing evidence/data supporting this reassurance (I wish I would have saved it-probably worth a few pennies today, 20 years later) and waited patiently for my Oxycontin swag-pens, notepads, or perhaps a key chain- I can't remember.
(NOTE: But now, Oxycontin Manufacturer Says It Will Stop Promoting Opioid Painkiller To Doctors)
What I do remember, however, is that it seemed real crazy, especially since there had already been numerous opioid epidemics (Civil War/1860s, Hipsters/1930s,1940s, Beatniks/1950s). Let us not forget to remember (pun intended) the forgotten and ongoing crisis in the black community that provides jail and imprisonment as "treatment."
And now that the crisis has grown, spread and developed new tentacles that are known as speedballing-pharmaceutical opioids, benzodiazepines or barbiturates along with stimulants, the crisis has caught the eye of the nation. we cannot go any further, though, without looking back to the road that got us here.
Truthfully, even speedballing has become a bit passe, as now we face the new wave, fentanyl-laced cocaine.
"It's a dangerous combination in any form -- more so with fentanyl."
"Some researchers say fentanyl showing up in cocaine looks to be accidental, a product of messy packaging rather than malicious intent." But no matter, geesh! The intent is of little consequence or help in now determining what to do.
We cannot keep missing the boat on opioid abuse, though.
This new wave is much too high.
And perhaps Tennessee Bureau of Inspection Assistant Director T,J, Jordan says it best:
""Here’s why we’re so concerned. To be blunt, what you might buy and use, thinking it’s a good time, could cost you your life."
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