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  • Tanny Martin

    your link is to a report on chronic kidney disease.
    Would also be helpful to know overall rates for comparison
    Prescription related deaths have been decreasing since at least 2015.

  • Ratwrangler

    A few years ago I underwent hernia surgery. The doctor gave me hydrocodone for the pain. I did not feel it necessary to take any of them, as ibuprofen handled the pain well enough. I weighed about 200 pounds at the time. A few months later, a female friend of mine damaged a knee and required surgery. The doctor prescribed hydrocodone for her pain. He prescribed the same dosage as I had received, even though my friend is little more than half my mass. Fortunately, she only had to take them a couple of times, and wound up disposing of the rest. Several people have commented that the drug companies had misled the doctors as well as the people regarding the addictiveness of some of these drugs, but I managed to track down some Physician's Desk Reference books from the late 1970s and into the 1980s, and addiction is mentioned quite strongly in several drug descriptions even back then. Perhaps the pharmaceutical reps were misleading the doctors when they took them to fancy restaurants and stage plays, but the facts have always been there, and it is a doctor's job to examine them.

  • Arryandan

    It's time to treat this like a disease, not a criminal activity.

  • s DAN

    From drugs not coming thru our southern boarder...……….

  • thenitenurse

    Face it the drug companies who developed these drugs mislead not only the medical community but general public on how addictive these opioids are. You can't make money unless you have steady customers for your product. Like with cigarettes they had to steadily increase the amount of nicotine in them so they craved them more. I hope the lawyers who are bringing up class action lawsuits against these companies crush them like they did the cigarette companies.

  • WaismannMethod Rapid Detox

    We have a crisis of people suffering from untreated emotional issues. There are more reported cases of women suffering from depression than men so it's not a far leap that more women are affected by overdose. People are using opioids because they numb physical and emotional pain. They then develop an addiction on top of the original problem, further complicating their condition. We must ensure that we are treating the whole person and not just the symptoms.

  • America Joe

    Doctors passed out opiates like candy for a decade then cut everyone off. Now those dependent are finding deadly replacements on the street. It is great to remove the pill mills, but they scared doctors enough to stop prescribing even if the reason is legitimate. This will continue unfortunately.

  • Southern CT

    This is a problem that far too many face. sad.