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Old 29 August 2017, 08:02 PM
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Certainly lots of people are abusing these drugs, and that abuse is detrimental. What I'm wondering is, comparing apples to apples, and looking at meaningful measures, how much is the current state of things different from the past?

Which ties in with the comment about changing an entrenched system--it can't be that entrenched. It seems very cyclical to me. People get up in arms about high prescription rates and abuse of narcotic medicines. There are new restrictions put in place and pressure on doctors not to prescribe them. It becomes extremely difficult to get effective pain medication for people with severe pain. There is a push to make obtaining effective pain medication easier for those who need it. Rinse and repeat.

I am not suggesting that the very real issues connected with opioid abuse be ignored. I just want a better understanding of whether there is really anything that different happening on this particular pendulum swing.
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