Saturday, July 8, 2017

Stigma Over Solutions How corporate media are enabling the opiate epidemic

Four Democratic senators held a press conference on June 15 to highlight what the passage of the American Health Care Act (aka Trumpcare) would do for the opiate crisis. The conference came just days after a report showed overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50 (New York Times, 6/5/17), and days before GOP senators released their secretly crafted version of health reform (Washington Post, 6/22/17) that will make it worse in countless ways. Under these dire circumstances, one would hope the room would have been filled with reporters. Vox’s Jeff Stein posted a photo on Twitter, however, which showed, sadly, just a handful of journalists in attendance: “Does it look commensurate with massive looming crisis for ~20 million people? Or like business as usual?”

   Robert directs your attention to this comment at the linked source;

Carol on July 7, 2017 at 11:32 pm Having known family members on methadone and suboxone, I feel both should only be used short term as they don’t allow the person to live a full life. I’ve never seen anyone functioning optimally while under the influence of either of these drugs (perhaps better than if they were strung out on heroin but not optimally).They are also very expensive, Methadone is about $70/week. That is a lot of money for someone trying to start a new life. Most of the methadone clinics are private so there is no incentive to get their clients off their dependence on methadone. There is also an monetary reward for the doctors that write the prescriptions for suboxone so again, they have no incentive to slowly wean their patients off their dependency. So while it may be one of the treatments utilized for patients that have extreme difficulty staying sober, it should administered in government run clinics, and only used very short term.
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