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posted by martyb on Monday June 18 2018, @03:39PM   Printer-friendly
from the addiction-sucks dept.

US needs to invest 'tens of billions or hundreds of billions' to fight opioid epidemic

The goal of an opioid is to reduce pain, but the addictive drugs are creating pain for millions of families suffering through the crisis. Deaths from opioid overdoses number at least 42,000 a year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control.

"This is an epidemic that's been getting worse over 10 to 20 years," Caleb Alexander, co-director of Johns Hopkins Center for Drug Safety, told CNBC's "On The Money" in a recent interview. "I think it's important that we have realistic expectations about the amount of work that it will take and the amount of coordination to turn this steamship around," Alexander added.

[...] Alexander added: "The statistics are stunning. More than 2.1 million Americans have an opioid use disorder or opioid addiction" and he says the country needs to "invest tens of billions or hundreds of billions of dollars" to shore up the treatment system. He said patients should be able to access medications that "we know work to help reduce the cravings for further opioids."

Don't mention the Portugal model!

Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Attorney General is suing members of the family that runs Purdue Pharma:

Their family name graces some of the nation's most prestigious bastions of culture and learning — the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum, the Sackler Lefcourt Center for Child Development in Manhattan and the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Columbia University, to name a few.

Now the Sackler name is front and center in a lawsuit accusing the family and the company they own and run, Purdue Pharma, of helping to fuel the deadly opioid crisis that has killed thousands of Americans. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey took the unusual step of naming eight members of the Sackler family this week in an 80-page complaint that accused Purdue Pharma of spinning a "web of illegal deceit" to boost profits.

While prosecutors in more than a dozen other states hit hard by the opioid epidemic have sued Purdue Pharma, Healey is the first to name individual Sackler family members, along with eight company executives.

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Thexalon on Monday June 18 2018, @07:11PM (2 children)

    by Thexalon (636) on Monday June 18 2018, @07:11PM (#694650)

    Part of the story is that your life is otherwise great. Numerous experiments have suggested that if your life is great, you're less likely to foul it up and more likely to be able to shake any addiction you develop.

    So part of the story for opioids is that there are a lot of people whose life totally sucks right now, and despite the dangers heroin offers them an out.

    The only thing that stops a bad guy with a compiler is a good guy with a compiler.
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  • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Monday June 18 2018, @07:27PM

    by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 18 2018, @07:27PM (#694668) Journal

    That might have something to do with it. I say I have a great life -- despite the chronic pain. But I overlook the pain. By every other measure I have a great life.

    Part of it is that my intellect knows that I could take pills for even lesser amounts of pain -- and it would work great! For a while. But only for a while.

    The people who rely on government handouts and refuse to work should be kicked out of congress.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @05:54AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 19 2018, @05:54AM (#694849)

    If one's life is bad, clearly the best thing to do is make it even worse by using drugs. How logical. Clearly, we're dealing with inferior beings here.