By Richard "Red" Lawhern — May 14, 2018
US news media
headlines appear daily on the so-called “opioid crisis”. A major thread
in public policy discussions is an asserted need to “solve” the crisis by
limiting production of opioid analgesics and reducing medical exposure to
potentially addicting drugs. But are such steps actually a
remedy? Will US addiction and overdose problems respond favorably
to such a one-size-fits-all policy? Almost certainly not.
analysis has been performed on data downloaded from the US Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the US Agency for Healthcare Research Quality
(1). The data characterize medical opioid prescribing, opioid
overdose-related deaths from legal and illegal drugs and hospital emergency
room admissions from 1999 to 2016 for 50 US States and District of
Columbia. Figure 1 is constructed from the most recent CDC data..........To Read More.....