There has been a lot of news articles about the opioid addiction crisis recently. The Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine published a research letter, Effect of US Drug Enforcement Administration’s Rescheduling of Hydrocodone Combination Analgesic Products on Opioid Analgesic Prescribing Talking Points Memo has provided important data and a historical context in The Silent Death. The National Review has written about how unintended consequences has contributed to the crisis, America’s Heroin Crisis Was Birthed by the Law of Unintended Consequences , and Vox has added to the discussion bringing in health disparities, Why are black Americans less affected by the opioid epidemic? Racism, probably.
Mark Twain once said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Unlike discussions about the weather, the discussions about the opioid addiction epidemic are the first steps in addressing the crisis.
In July, 2015, I shared some of my thoughts about what we need to be doing in a LinkedIn post, Addressing Opioid Addiction . I talked about our efforts at CHC to stop an opioid addiction before it can start with Project ECHO Pain Management and how Project ECHO Buprenorphine can help people who have already developed addictions.
I also wrote a letter to the editor in the Middletown Press in December 2015 about this. In January 2016, there was a great discussion in the community room of CHC’s Middletown site. Channel 61 covered this in Packed room for forum on opiate addiction in Middletown
I am glad to see more and more people take up the cause and work together to find ways to address the opioid addiction crisis. Let’s work together to address this crisis.