Cloning Nancy Reagan’s ‘just say no’ campaign, Donald Trump is placing the blame for opioid and heroine addiction on the victims, not on those who are actually responsible. Trump said young people should be told drugs are “no good, really bad for you in every way.” “The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place,” he said.
As with everything else in his six months and 24 days in office, he just doesn’t get it. He doesn’t know what he is talking about.
The culprit which created this epidemic and subsequent heroin use is likely a group of pretty young women with beautiful smiles, and a well-rehearsed ‘pitch’ to a physician; sales representatives for pharmaceutical companies.
Doctors know very little about the drugs they prescribe. The majority of their information comes from the sales representatives and feedback from their patients. The fact that opioids are effective in the relief of chronic pain convinced thousands of doctors to prescribe them all too frequently. When the drugs became sparse, and the price rose, thousands of Americans turned to heroin to relieve their pain.
The pharmaceutical companies don’t want doctors to be aware of all of the side effects of the drugs they prescribe. This is a multi-billion dollar a year industry, whose only goal is bloated profits at the expense of consumers.
Trump does not choose to read. Therefore he is usually uninformed when he speaks to the American people. In this situation he is totally unaware of the facts. Blaming those who suffer from opioid or heroine addiction did not plan their condition, it is the result of drugs being prescribed far too frequently by physicians.
Finally, if Trumpcare had replaced Obamacare, tens of thousands of Americans would not be able receive assistance to end their addiction. This would be considered a preexisting condition for most. In addition, Trumpcare would not have paid for mental healthcare which is the only way to permanently end an addiction.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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