As the war on drugs continues onward, several new fronts are being added where the battles commence. Our most severe operations now seem to come from the pharmaceutical companies where high-grade, legal opiates are used in the manufacture of prescribed medications and treatments. The problem is, and always has been, is that the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the health care industry in general, is that they are a for-profit business with only the bottom line and their shareholders to be concerned with.
It is with this vein of information under our belts that we can see the motivation behind developing such highly addictive and expensive drugs. The manufacturing, distribution and sales of these narcotics are a multi-billion dollar a year venture, with criminal cases now exposing how deep the deception and motivations run.
According to the Center for Disease Control, a federal office tasked with tracking, verifying and managing controlled substances on the US, the opioid distribution and consumption rate has kept pace with the skyrocketing increase of opioid abuse among the population. Developing a strategy that targets not only the addict but the source as well has adjusted how the public views addiction.
Though criminal in the very nature of being used, the laws are now shifting to not punish those afflicted, but rather those who supplied the drugs. In the case of opioid prescription, this most commonly is discovered to be pain-management physicians. Lately, the government has been taking legal action against the pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors as well, revealing through investigation a careful and deceitfully deep conspiracy of marketing strategy to create even more addicts and therefore more sales.
President Theodore Roosevelt once famously said, ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick,’ in response to how to accomplish your goals. His meaning was that when faced with a problem, don’t come at it with a solution that only solves the problem. Bring a solution large enough to over-power it. This is a perfect metaphor for opiate-based drugs. They are a nuclear option in most cases for the diagnosed issues at hand.
Pain can be managed in many holistic ways, but with an opioid-based medication, there was no need to worry. The issue that now arises is that the prescription invariably creates and addict of the patient, who then is prescribed further drugs to manage the addiction and wean them off. Unfortunately, this is all marketing hopefulness, and the dependence never leaves. Many can live without using opioids again, but some cannot and seek to gain it on their own when the prescriptions run out. If not in the form of pills, then in the form of other substation drugs such as heroin.
These drugs not only create a dependence in the patient, but also break down tissue and slowly degrade the heath of thee patient. This calls for more medications and sales of pharmaceuticals, with an entire industry growing exponentially at the expense of the patient.
In response to the opioid epidemic currently grasping our communities, a wealth of social and health services has re-doubled their effort in educating the public before addiction can take hold, as well as establishing new methods of treatment. Even low-rate insurance policies now have addiction treatment as a standard coverage, allowing anyone access to a wide array of treatment centers, addiction counseling agencies and recovery facilities.
If you or a loved one are afflicted with the opioid crisis, contact your primary care physician for more information on addiction counseling and support. You can also call your insurance company directly to allow them to provide you with assistance in discovering what benefits and resources are at your disposal. The tragedy of the opioid rampage is that it lives in the shadows until it is too late, and often, this is aided by the very industry that is providing the drugs for consumption. If you need it, get help.