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http://www.npr.org/2017/10/26/560083795/president-trump-may-declare-opioid-epidemic-national-emergency?sc=tw

Posting this here because this hits close to home. I've lost a loved one due to opioids and wish I could have done more to help them.

I don't know what else to say other than if you have someone that is struggling with addictions such as these to attempt to help them. They may not be around forever and I doubt you'd want to be left with regrets.

If you need someone to speak to about addiction please refer to SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357),(also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
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on a related news: a billionarie was just arrested for distributing fentanyl spray illegally.



John Kapoor, 74, founder and majority owner of Chandler, Ariz.-based Insys Therapeutics Inc., was arrested and charged with the illegal distribution of a fentanyl spray intended for cancer patients and for violating anti-kickback laws, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston.

The company's medication, Subsys, contains a narcotic that's 80 times more powerful than morphine.

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this is a positive news towards the Trump administration, which means this thread will die soon. probably right after i post this.
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Awesome!
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I'm worried this freak out over Opioids is going to leave Chronic Pain patients with few options. I've already read stories from some whose doctors have taken them off their regular Opioid prescription over the hysteria; and now all they're left with is OTC Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, which is simply not enough for many people.

Doctors simply don't want to prescribe the proper painkillers anymore over fears of being charged. =|

Ugh, it's frustrating. There are far more alcohol related deaths than there are Opioid related deaths yet we're not seeing the same hysteria over alcohol.


"We can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic," he said.


And then what? Opioids are still the best at treating chronic and even acute pain for a lot of people. Unless we've found a replacement.... There will continue to be a need for opioids. So addiction will continue to be an issue, and thus we need a plan to treat the addiction as well.
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I'm worried this freak out over Opioids is going to leave Chronic Pain patients with few options. I've already read stories from some whose doctors have taken them off their regular Opioid prescription over the hysteria; and now all they're left with is OTC Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, which is simply not enough for many people.

unless i'm severely mistaken, they're trying to stop illegal distribution of powerful opioids, as the one i've shown in my previous post.
fentanyl is not just a regular pain killer. it can literally kill you.
http://www.wcpo.com/news/national/dog-saved-from-nearly-dying-from-fentanyl-overdose
http://malaysiandigest.com/world/675115-police-officer-overdoses-after-accidental-contact-with-fentanyl-on-traffic-stop.html

and there's even worse opiods, such as carfentanil
http://nbc4i.com/2017/10/26/one-year-old-girl-dies-from-accidental-exposure-to-elephant-tranquilizer-carfentanyl/
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About time this administration does something sensible.
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Hopefully this will include expanded outreach and treatment for addicts and not just hamfisted jail-time like previous "War on drugs" efforts.
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Hopefully this will include expanded outreach and treatment for addicts and not just hamfisted jail-time like previous "War on drugs" efforts.


No worries, Jeff Sessions seems like a reasonable guy.
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amejia0 wrote:

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/26/560083795/president-trump-may-declare-opioid-epidemic-national-emergency?sc=tw

Posting this here because this hits close to home. I've lost a loved one due to opioids and wish I could have done more to help them.


Trump, unfortunately, seems to be behind it because his advisors taught him a new headline word for the day.

(As what he may have done in the 80's doesn't technically come under the heading of "opioid".)
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AndiGreyScale wrote:

I'm worried this freak out over Opioids is going to leave Chronic Pain patients with few options. I've already read stories from some whose doctors have taken them off their regular Opioid prescription over the hysteria; and now all they're left with is OTC Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen, which is simply not enough for many people.

unless i'm severely mistaken, they're trying to stop illegal distribution of powerful opioids, as the one i've shown in my previous post.
fentanyl is not just a regular pain killer. it can literally kill you.
http://www.wcpo.com/news/national/dog-saved-from-nearly-dying-from-fentanyl-overdose
http://malaysiandigest.com/world/675115-police-officer-overdoses-after-accidental-contact-with-fentanyl-on-traffic-stop.html

and there's even worse opiods, such as carfentanil
http://nbc4i.com/2017/10/26/one-year-old-girl-dies-from-accidental-exposure-to-elephant-tranquilizer-carfentanyl/


Unfortunately, doctors across the country are not prescribing Opioids when they should be due to the hysteria. =|
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Posted 10/26/17 , edited 10/26/17

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Hopefully this will include expanded outreach and treatment for addicts and not just hamfisted jail-time like previous "War on drugs" efforts.


I'm not holding my breath. Trump is putting on a show as usual but underneath it there were no new resources committed to the effort and his administration is out to cut money from what resources are available. Plus he still has no DEA director and no Secretary of Health and Human Services.

I doubt he's going to step back from cutting Medicaid and destroying ACA ( two primary sources of opiod treatment ) and it falls on Congress to direct more money towards the problem. How much do you trust Congress to really commit money to social issues like drug addiction? -.-

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Unfortunately, this sounds like it is a feel-good measure which will likely have little effect unless further action is taken. The two professionals quoted in the OP's link called these actions "very disappointing" and "pathetic" because of how little impact they actually have. Additionally, this comes just after the new budget cuts funding for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services by $400million.
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runec wrote:

I'm not holding my breath. Trump is putting on a show as usual but underneath it there were no new resources committed to the effort and his administration is out to cut money from what resources are available. Plus he still has no DEA director and no Secretary of Health and Human Services.

I doubt he's going to step back from cutting Medicaid and destroying ACA ( two primary sources of opiod treatment ) and it falls on Congress to direct more money towards the problem. How much do you trust Congress to really commit money to social issues like drug addiction? -.-



Considering Congress has yet to hold Trump accountable for implementing the Russia sanctions bill he signed...
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qwueri wrote:
Considering Congress has yet to hold Trump accountable for implementing the Russia sanctions bill he signed... :(


In fairness that does seem to be pissing Congress off.

Though that really poses the larger question of: Seriously? You're being investigated for colluding with Russia and you're refusing to implement Russian sanctions you yourself signed into law?

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