Daniel Morgan Graduate School of National Security and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) have partnered to convene key stakeholders for a discussion seeking solutions to combat and defeat the national opioid crisis, which presents far-reaching challenges to law enforcement, first responders, and healthcare providers and poses broader, significant national security implications. This follows similar events NSA has hosted in the deeply affected states of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
How did the Opioid crisis get to this point?
Many Opioid Addictions Begin With Doctors and Dentists. This begs the question of who can you trust if not your medical professionals. When we say, “no one plans on becoming an addict”, this proves it. Sadly for most, it begins with a trip to the dentist for a toothache or the doctor for minor surgery or an injury and they are quick to prescribe Oxycontin or Loratab when a simple Ibuprofen would do.
So what is the answer to this crisis that is now nationwide? There can be many answers. Lawmakers are working on possible opioid tax bills throughout the country of which the pharmaceutical industry argues that this will only be passed on to the consumer. Well, hello, isn’t everything passed on to the consumer. On the other hand, big pharma is giving billions to states for drugs funded by Medicaid, not to mention the millions, make those billions that are given to doctors, hospitals and anyone who will prescribe their ‘wonder drug’. The question should be raised as to ‘wonder what the long-term effect or miss use of it will do to the patient?’
There seems to be an effort to cross-reference patient information to prevent drug shopping, however, that doesn’t solve the problem. Today most doctors and dentists etc. will require a patient visit before writing a prescription, however the patient may or may not have it filled, but leaves it available to a family member or friend who might desire it. There are ways around the best system for the addict.
Whether it’s putting vodka in a water bottle or filling a deceased grandmother’s prescription the addicted brain will find a way. Opioid addiction can be beaten with education, counseling, getting and maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle… these are all things that we do at Bayshore Retreat.