I found your article about opiate abuse in teens. It is outrageous that doctors will give a 30 day prescription of an opiate for wisdom teeth removal to a teenager. In my day we got Tylenol for 3 days for wisdom teeth and that was more than enough. Here's something I think should be mandatory - random drug testing for all doctors and nurses, regardless of whether they are in private practice or hospitals. How many of them are addicted? I'm guessing more than a few. No wonder they are pushing pills on our population.
Must-read article in today's Wall Street Journal about Opiate Abuse.
Here's another article published a year ago on the same subject.
Re teen opiate abuse. I think the problem lies in an ever growing number of the US population. What we are going through is the same thing the Chinese went through when their population was addicted to opium in the 1800s,
I have had multiple broken bones and surgeries in my lifetime. Yet all I take for pain in magnesium and turmeric supplement and an occasional advil when I need it. I don't need a prescription for opiates. What is wrong with doctors prescribing these horrific drugs to all of their patients?
I thought I was in the Twilight Zone when I saw an tv ad on CBS from a pharmaceutical plugging a prescribed drug for constipation from opiates. The ad showed a good looking construction contractor and made it all seem very normal that you take opiates for pain. Now I see this ad during the same show every week now. What the heck? How horrific that they freely show ads like this on a major TV network? Is no one questioning this? I would guess 25% of the US population is addicted to opiates.This is a huge problem.