A new Opioid Abuse training program is mandated by the FDA to be funded by opioid drug manufacturers. A program now is long overdue. However, it does show a ripple in the FDA’s view on opioid abuse and opioid deaths. Fox news recently posted an article outlining the program which sadly is voluntary.
Prescribing doctors are the gateway to opioid prescription addiction. Prescription drug abuse starts and ends with doctors. Ironically, the new program only mandates funding by drug companies but does not mandate participation by doctors who are responsible for the massive genocide occurring.
Addiction and the paper trail
Our brightest and young people in the United States have easy access to opioid drugs which destroy their lives. Opioid abuse is the leading cause of death for young people. I have said this many times, there is NO therapeutic use for opioids. Therapeutic use studies are performed by drug companies and the results are skewed for them. Drug companies self fund studies and establish a hypothesis for the drug use. Consequently they seek results which support it rather than allowing the scientific method to substantiate or invalidate it.
FDA and opioid prescribing doctors are the source of the crisis our country is going through. Therefore, without the distribution of the drugs, more than 90% of the addicted users would never have considered heroin. Heroin usage is at a all time high. Increased heroin addiction is correlated to the rise of potent opioid drugs such as Fentanyl, Oxycontin, etc. When patient no longer can get a legal prescriptions they turn to the streets and engage in illegal activity. eferred to as “cross over” addicts are your normal mom and pop people. Almost all new illegal drug users are turning to heroin to alleviate their withdrawal symptoms. It is a vicious cycle which the drug companies are aware of. Drug companies knowingly create drugs which will skirt the FDA rules. As a result, they create the opioid dependence they want to increase their profits.
Every single day there are hundreds of deaths due to opioid overdose. They come in the form of heroin and prescription pain killers. Naloxone Rescue Kits will save the lives of these opioid overdose victims. Like the other article in this blog, a plane crash a day happens and nobody speaks out. Remove the socio-political debate of drug users and their addiction from the equation. Ultimately, we are left with a human being who is sick and suffering. These active addicts needlessly die each day due to opioid drug abuse. In most cases, naloxone rescue kits will save the life of person who consumed lethal dose of opioids.
Nearly, half of the deaths are due to mixture of drugs e.g. alcohol and opioids. Often the deaths are recreational users who have no tolerance built up and die from first use. Opioid overdoses is the number one preventable death in the USA. Naloxone is a simple and readily available overdose prevention drug. Why is this drug not available in Costa Rica and other countries?
Opioid Overdose Prevention
You would think that a drug which when used correctly, will save the lives of opioid overdose victims. It is not a debatable scenario, not only chemically is it proven to prevent deaths from heroin overdose but in practice it has remarkable success in abating drug use for active addicts.
Naloxone is a potent opioid antagonist which locks tightly to the opioid receptors. Treatment success is so profound that now in the USA, first responders are encouraged to carry with them a nasal spray version of this life saving drug.
Here is WebMD article on how Naloxone is used in treatment of opioid overdose.
Many drug addicts have no idea that the heroin they are buying has been stepped on. Stepped on means that between the source and the street seller, the original drug has had some other chemical added to it. Mainly this is done to increase profits. Turning a kilo of heroin into 3 kilos triples their profit. Most often, drugs such as Fentanyl are mixed in during the stepping process. Fentanyl is so potent and powerful that just touching it can lead to death. First responders learned the hard way when treating overdose victims. Field training of first responders include wearing breathing masks and covering up any exposed skin. Fentanyl powder is readily absorbed by the skin, even the most casual contact can cause intoxication. Naloxone rescue kits help the overdose victims but also help first responders from accidental exposure.