What can we do to prevent new addictions? A lot more than we are doing.
According to the CDC, “Opioid prescribing continues to fuel the epidemic. Today, at least half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. In 2014, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.”
Those numbers do not even include benzodiazepines and other drugs.
So who is responsible? Pharmaceutical companies, parents, patients, doctors, nurses, oral surgeons, drug dealers, judicial system, politicians and even dentists. And more.
We had a good discussion last night. Xfinity was out in our neighborhood and lack of wifi had me scrambling. Some weren’t quite sure how to activate the sound. But we worked through that and lots of good info on the thread. Apparently you have to double click the video for sound and sometimes there is a delay.
I’ll schedule one in another two weeks. Will choose a subject and give everyone time to prepare comments or questions for the group. And I’ll archive them on a page on this site for reference.