America’s Addiction Crisis: Painkillers


Jordan Marinos, Contributor

States have concerned themselves with the fear that over prescribing and overdosing have become a problem with opioids. The drug maker has agreed to implement “guidelines” within hospitals in order to handle overdose and addiction in the United States.

Washington state was the first state to implement the opioid drug guidelines in hospitals and pharmacies. Already pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and drug makers have seen the overdose death rate from these painkillers start to decrease.

These guidelines require a pain specialist to actually approve the drug (if in high doses) before even thinking about administering it to the patient. This worried many in the medicine industry in fear that the guidelines would be so strict other states would deter from implementing them.

The POLITICS OF PAIN author of the opioid article John R. Roby said,”A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public…composed of drug makers and allied advocacy groups, spent more than $880 million on campaign contributions and lobbying over the past decade.”

John R Roby also said, “Proposed state policies intended to control the opioid abuse epidemic over the past decade have faced a $3.7 million…spent by drug companies and related advocacy groups to influence New York lawmakers.”

Money is being thrown into these guidelines, in order to be passed to regulate large quantities of opioids. This regulation would change the distribution of opioids making it so that patients would be referred to a pain specialist before receiving the drug.

It is not said when or if the states will adopt the guidelines and try to reduce and diminish the American addiction crisis. So far 42 states have adopted the ODG guidelines.

In my own opinion I think that the guidelines will create a better and less addicted world. Other countries should also inherit the guidelines.