Who doesn’t know that drugs are not good for your health? Telling the addicted ones that the drugs are bad for them is not going to help them in any way. This is exactly what the president Donald Trump said and the advice is not very useful.
Lately, we’ve been facing with addiction to treatments that use opioids. It is not the patient’s fault that they become addicted to the treatment. Trump says that in order to prevent addiction or overdose, it’s better to stop them from using such drugs.
The whole issue comes as a chain reaction, from drug manufacturers who instruct doctors on the usage of their treatments, and then doctors who instruct their patients and prescribe the drugs. After finishing their treatments which include opioids, some patients search for drugs on the black market or try different drugs.
Opioids have killed over 33,000 people in America in 2015, studies show that half of the deaths were after they used prescription painkillers. The others start from the prescribed and legal pills and turn to heroin or fentanyl.
Why is this Happening in America?
The problem occurs mostly in America, people consuming 80% of the global production or opioid pills. Taking into consideration that the US citizens are 5% of the world population, the number of consumers is immense.
The health system in the US is considered more of an industry and not a service; it gives too much power to drug manufacturers or health insurance companies. It mostly focuses on making a profit and not having healthy citizens.
After states realized that this is a social crisis, targeting families and leaving children orphans, they started to lower mass prescription.
In 2016 the director of CDC urged doctors to not prescribe opioids for routine or chronic pain but the Congress pushed back because the pharmaceutical industry is a business which has the power of lobby.
Trump has stated that this is a national emergency which became an epidemic after he blames the victims for using the treatment.