The scientific solution to the opioid crisis (is not what you think)



Here at ScIQ, we love drugs. Just check out our dozens of pro-drug videos, my favorites are linked in the description (wink). But one group of drugs we’re worried …

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  1. How about looking to science for the answer instead of political figures? When we do that, we find that prescriptions are not actually the issue. Illegally manufactured opioids like fentanyl and heroin are responsible for more deaths than prescribed opioids. In fact, the DECLINE in prescriptions has sent opioid deaths skyrocketing. We are causing more deaths by prescribing opioids less. Cutting back on opioids for pain control makes people resort to street drugs—and street drugs are more likely to cause overdose—and more patients with chronic pain are choosing suicide every day.

    Shouldn't we, as a society, decide that saving their lives is more important than punishing them for having chronic pain?

    Sources:
    https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1801417
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/amp-stories/fentanyl-the-deadly-drug-haunting-america/
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/04/10/study-despite-decline-in-prescriptions-opioid-deaths-skyrocketing-due-to-heroin-and-synthetic-drugs/?utm_term=.cb7d29b992f1
    https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2679931

  2. Perhaps ironically, as much as it may suck to be the case, (especially continuous) news coverage and even anti-drug ad viewing puts and keeps drugs such as opioids on peoples' minds, and as the effect of the scientifically-demonstrated "curiosity-arousing function of anti-drug ads," such ads can cause people to become curious about using the drugs in question — which would theoretically be more likely as a function of (negative) coverage — due to the dissonance created by simply bringing up the subject.

    That is, consuming drug-related media has been scientifically demonstrated to highlight the idea of drugs (e.g., opioids) in the minds of people who attend to them (especially inexperienced people, such as youth), which can, in turn highlight a "knowledge gap" ("The psychology of curiosity: A review and reinterpretation"; Lowenstein, 1994) between what exists but about which nothing/not much is known, and that, in turn, can cause people to become curious to experience (specific) drug use, in order to learn that experiential information and bridge that cleavage between what is not known and what can be known. Psychological experiments have shown that, as compared to those in control groups who don't see anti-drug ads, those in experimental groups who do see those ads become statistically significantly more likely to be curious about using drugs — which is not simply ineffective, but counterproductive, in terms of the reason the ads are produced and distributed.

    Ironic, eh?

  3. I have severe Chronic Migraines 3 to 4 days a week. Percocet is the only thing that has ever worked. I haven't been able to get them for years, so I have a rather low Quality of Life. We need to ban the strongest opioids from non-terminal patients and people won't go into shock, rely on much less dangerous Percocet and Vicodin in their stead, and actually treat the cause of the pain rather than mask the symptoms. I'd much rather have what's wrong with me fixed than face a daily choice of pain meds or the pain. I can't even get an angiogram without first trying every drug they want to use me as a guinea pig for. And Sleep Studies are not covered any affordable health plan. Out-of-Pocket: $480 per night for 2 nights. Minimum.

  4. I got off opioids. They were making my nerve pain worse. I have to give a shout out to Johns Hopkins for helping me. I feel like myself again. Sadly chronic pain is different or each patient.

  5. You made me giggle despite the macabre subject matter. My favourite line was "why not get to the root of the problem and make it so that less people get less opiods." If less people get less, then we might have an issue with more people getting more. And you can't say I'm being pedantic because I didn't point out that it should have been "fewer".

  6. It's not always a he. Clinton's Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders was great. She advocated legalizing drugs to reduce crime and teaching masturbation in sex ed to reduce STDs and unwanted pregnancy. She was fired after just over a year.

  7. Harm reduction, harm reduction, harm reduction, harm reduction, harm reduction, harm reduction. Harm reduction!

    People are always going to use drugs. That appears to be a fact. Less law enforcement, more harm reduction.

    Here's a link to a TED Talk that I literally just watchee today which is absolutely fantastic and should be spread around as much as possible. Our views on drugs need to change if we want to save lives and keep our communities safe.

    https://youtu.be/cfzkBGgxXGE

  8. To all you people in pain just suck it up because addicts are misusing your meds and we're giving you NONE! The real problem is as we've learned in the war on drugs is that if an adult wants something and wants to misuse it, nothing can keep it out of their hands even if it comes from poppy fields the other side of the planet. Applies to guns too.

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