Series 22 | Part 1: Opioid Epidemic

Nearly 100 people die each day from an opioid overdose. Whether via prescription drugs or synthetic, black market opioids, families are being torn apart roughly every 15 minutes, and Trump is doing nothing about it.

This is a serious subject, and I’m sorry if it scares you, but if you don’t already know, well, it’s not just about drug addicts OD’ing because they wanted to get high. It’s barely about that. Nearly 100 people die PER DAY in America from opioid overdoses, and until recently, more than half were from doctor-prescribed painkillers that had addictive properties and from doctors who kept prescribing higher and higher doses. In short, the patient presents with pain, they get the medication, over time pain sensitivity grows because that’s a side effect of most opioids, and then the pain returns and the doctor prescribes more. Additionally, the government financially supports some healthcare professionals who turn in surveys showing highly satisfied patients, meaning that the patient says they like the effect of the opioids and love the doctor for prescribing so much and the doctor gets more money than when the patients check “dissatisfied” on the survey because the doctor acts responsibly by cutting them off because they seem to be getting hooked.

We’ll get to that, but first, take a look at this chart that shows the number of deaths from opioids per year in the United States.

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