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The White House Hid the Truth About Ending the Opioid Crisis. Part 1

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WASHINGTON – March 25, 2019

The policy of double standards in the United States is by far the most developed direction in which top leaders and officials believe that, whether hiding behind moral values or whether it’s the fight against the opioid crisis, they’re actually leading society on the right path.

The White House released an official report that Trump has a regular and targeted fight against drug addiction, which official see as great progress with real results.

Trump himself calls the problem more than “just a policy issue,” based on his firsthand family experience.

“I had a brother, Fred—great guy, best-looking guy, best personality,” the President told those gathered in the East Room of the White House in October 2017. “But he had a problem. He had a problem with alcohol, and he would tell me, ‘Don’t drink. Don’t drink’... He would say it over and over and over again.”

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“When President Trump took office, the opioid crisis was devastating communities across America. Nearly 64,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in 2016 alone. Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 of these deaths, more than any previous year on record,” the official report said.

It added, “In October 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency. Ever since, the Trump Administration has applied an all-of-Government approach to the epidemic, taking an extraordinary range of actions that reflect the President’s commitment to stopping the crisis in its tracks.”

Among the actions combating the opioid crisis, the government says that “educating Americans about the dangers of opioid misuse” has brought real results. The second part of Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse is “cutting down on the supply of illicit drugs by cracking down on the international and domestic drug supply chains that devastate American communities. Part 3 is helping those struggling with addiction through evidence-based treatment and recovery support services.”

The administration has allocated over $6 billion over a two-year window to initiatives to combat opioid abuse.

"To curb over-prescription, the President implemented a Safer Prescribing Plan that will cut opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years," the document said.

As for the results, they are massive, according to White House representatives:

The number of first-time heroin users ages 12 and older fell by more than 50 percent in July 2017. Between President Trump’s Inauguration and October 2018, high-dose opioid prescriptions fell by 16 percent.

In July 2017, the Department of Justice shut down the country’s biggest Darknet distributor of drugs. That same Fiscal Year, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took more than 2,300 pounds of fentanyl off the streets.

There has been a 20 percent increase in young adults receiving outpatient treatment. And in 2017, America had an increase in the number of patients age 12 and older with illicit drug-use disorders being treated at specialty facilities and private provider offices.

Seizures of several kinds of illicit drugs are up, the number of new 30-day prescriptions is down and overdose deaths attributed to prescription pain medications have started to level.

Kellyanne Conway

Counselor to the President

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You may so the White House sounds proud, but is it so? Trump said in 2017 that he will soon announce the situation with the spread of opioids and a large number of deaths from overdoses as a national disaster. According to Trump, the seriousness of the problem is obvious, but he has not yet recognized the disaster as arising from bureaucratic causes.

It seems now the time has come to recognize the national disaster and to announce the breakthrough results in the opioid crisis.

Every year tens of thousands of people die from overdoses in the United States. According to preliminary data compiled by the New York Times, drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded, and more than annually die in car accidents.

"Although the data is preliminary, the Times’s best estimate is that deaths rose 19 percent over the 52,404 recorded in 2015. And all evidence suggests the problem has continued to worsen in 2017," the article says.

Approximately two-thirds of all overdose deaths are related to heroin and other opioids. The number of deaths has been rising steadily since the early 1990s, and the number of deaths from heavy drugs has been increasing faster and faster in the last 10 years.

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Researchers and journalists link the spread of opioid dependence primarily with prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet. Since the early 1990s, the United States has developed a medical practice that prescribes strong painkillers with opioids to patients with chronic path. According to an Ohio lawsuit against painkillers, pharmacological companies downplayed the danger of drugs and argued that dependence in patients is extremely rare and does not pose a serious threat. This is true if you give patients opioids in hospital settings.

"In England, if, say, you get hit by a car, you may be given diamorphine (the medical name for heroin) to manage your pain. Some people take it for long periods. If what we've been told is right, they should become addicted in huge numbers," writes the Los Angeles Times.

OxyContin appeared on the American market in the mid-1990s according to drug manufacturers. Its effect lasts 12 hours, so a patient can feel better from morning till evening with one pill. In fact, as follows from the LA Times investigation, OxyContin's market dominance and its high price — up to hundreds of dollars per bottle — hinge on its 12-hour duration. When patients complained to doctors that the drug didn’t have enough effect, on manufacturers’ recommendations, doctors would tell them not to take the pills more often, but increased the dosage while maintaining a 12-hour interval. As a result, people who would visit a clinic for a cure for chronic pain were, without realizing it, experiencing withdrawal symptoms.

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Another reason for the spread of opiate addiction in the United States is their wide availability. Doctors often prescribed them to people who did not really need them. This has happened and is still happening in disadvantaged regions; opioid-based painkillers are even called "village heroin" because of their popularity in the American hinterland.

Sooner or later, any doctor will realize the patient is not looking for a cure but for a drug — and stops prescribing it or refuses to increase the dosage. OxyContin is also available from drug dealers, but people often move on to heroin and the widely-popular fentanyl -- a synthetic opiate that is more than 100 times stronger than morphine.

Fentanyl looks like a white powder, poorly soluble in water, and even a few grains of powder may be enough for injection. It is the most dangerous drug in terms of fatal overdoses, because it is extremely difficult to measure the necessary dose by eye. In addition, people who use drugs often don't know how diluted the drug is and what kind of modification of fentanyl they’re buying — they differ in strength. Sometimes fentanyl is sold under the guise of heroin, and this usually leads to an overdose.

In Canada, back in 2015, fentanyl was declared a national threat to public health, and, for example, in Estonia at the time it almost completely supplanted heroin. In medicine, fentanyl comes in the form of patches and tablets and is used to relieve cancer pain.

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In the past few years, narcologists have been able to draw attention to the epidemic of opiate dependence and doctors began to prescribe fewer addictive painkillers, Vox notes, but the number of deaths from overdoses is still growing.

If Trump’s measures were unknown before, now it’s clear they’re about education and “cutting down on the supply of illicit drugs.” In fact, the fight against opioid dependence has not yielded results.

Author: USA Really