Terrifying Facts About The Current Opioid Addiction Epidemic

Terrifying Facts About The Current Opioid Addiction Epidemic


Top 10 Terrifying Facts About The Current
Opioid Epidemic 10. Its Availability is Built on Faulty Science One question surrounding the opioid epidemic
is why would the FDA allow doctors to sell a drug that is so dangerous and addictive? Before the 1980s, opioids were used for short
term pain, like for surgery and end of life care, but then in the January 10, 1980, issue
of The New England Journal of Medicine a one paragraph letter to the editor was published
that would change America. It was submitted by Dr. Herscel Jick and his
graduate student, Jane Porter, who were from the Boston University Medical Center. The letter was entitled “Addiction Rare
in Patients Treated with Narcotics.” It reads: Recently, we examined our current files to
determine the incidence of narcotic addiction in 39,946 hospitalized medical patients’ who
were monitored consecutively. Although there were 11,882 patients who received
at least one narcotic preparation, there were only four cases of reasonably well documented
addiction in patients who had a history of addiction. The addiction was considered major in only
one instance. The drugs implicated were meperidine in two
patients, Percodan in one, and hydromorphone in one. We conclude that despite widespread use of
narcotic drugs in hospitals, the development of addiction is rare in medical patients with
no history of addiction. What some people drew from this letter to
the editor, which wasn’t peer-reviewed, was that less than one percent of people who use
narcotics become addicted. What wasn’t included with the letter were
the actual results of their study. When people went back later to examine the
results, they found out that his experiment was done over a short time and the subjects
were given a small dose of narcotics in a controlled environment when they had acute
pain. That is a whole lot different than giving
someone narcotics they can take home and do whenever they want over a long period of time. In other words, Jick absolutely did not show
that less than one percent of people get addicted to narcotics. However, by the time people examined the results
of his study, it was too late. In 1986, a paper citing it was published in
Pain, which is a journal published by the International Association for the Study of
Pain. In the paper, the authors, Dr. Russell Portnoy
and Kathy Foley, said that their study found that opioids “…can be safely and effectively
prescribed to selected patients with relatively little risk of producing the maladaptive behaviors
which define opioid abuse.” In their study, out of 38 cancer patients
with chronic pain who were given opioids over a short term, only two of them became addicted. The paper advises long term studies, which
never happened. Around the same time, several pharmaceutical
companies, like Johnson & Johnson and Purdue Pharma, were developing their own opioid drugs. They started to market them to doctors in
high end publications citing the Portnoy article and Jick’s letter to the editor. They even went as far to start non-profit
groups to push the use of opioids for long term chronic pain, like back and neck pain,
even though there were absolutely no studies that supported the idea that opioids should
be used long term. In 1996, the American Pain Society and the
American Academy of Pain Management published a consensus, partially written by Portnoy,
stating that opioids were addictive to less than 1% of users so doctors could prescribe
opioids for chronic pain. Also in the consensus, they said that there
was little risk that people will become addicted and/or overdose. Of course, that consensus was dead wrong because
it wasn’t based on facts and opioids are addictive and do lead to overdoses. In 2011, Portnoy spoke out against the idea
that opioids for chronic pain don’t lead to addiction. He said: “None of [the papers] represented
real evidence, and yet what I was trying to do was to create a narrative so that the primary
care audience would look at this information.” 9. Can be a Gateway Drug to Heroin According to several studies, about 80% of
people who try heroin say that the first opioid they tried were prescription painkillers. There are several reasons that people turn
from prescriptions to heroin. One reason is that they start to build up
a tolerance to the opioids so they start using more pills. However, doctors should only be doling out
a certain amount of pain pills. So the person looks for ways to supplement
their pills and sometimes they will turn to heroin because it has similar effects as prescription
painkillers, but it is much cheaper. Generally, for a 60 milligram pill, for an
uninsured person, it is $60. For the same amount of heroin, it’s about
one-tenth that price. Another reason that people turn to heroin
is because they get cut off from their painkillers for some reason and they no longer have access
to them. This becomes a problem when the government
cracks down on prescription drugs because people aren’t going to instantly stop doing
opioids if they can’t get them. Opioids are so addictive that abusers will
kill other people to get their next high and some abusers won’t even quit when they get
their children taken away. So simply limiting access to painkillers isn’t
the solution because users will simply switch to a cheaper alternative that is provided
by organized crime syndicates, usually the Mexican cartels and the Taliban in Afghanistan. Heroin is also much more dangerous because
users can never be sure what is in it, for example it could contain fentanyl. 8. What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was first
developed in the 1960s. It is incredibly strong and it can be anywhere
from 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine or heroin. Two milligrams, which is two grains, are enough
to cause an overdose. It was originally developed in the 1960s to
be given to patients for surgery and to people with severe pain from metastatic, colon, and
pancreatic cancer. It first started being abused by people working
at the hospital. It was then later made into take-home patches,
which people quickly began to abuse. They would soak the patches in water and drink
fentanyl like a tea. In the 1980s, fentanyl was sold under the
street name China White. Also around this time, heroin started to be
laced with fentanyl, which made the heroin much more potent. Today, fentanyl can be found in cocaine, heroin
and in counterfeit painkiller tablets. As for how it kills someone, the president
of the American Society of Anesthesiologists Dr. J.P. Abenstein says, “What happens is
that people stop breathing on it. The more narcotic you take, the less your
body has an urge to breathe. And it makes sense that a lot of people are
overdosing on it because they aren’t sure how much to take.” The most notable person who died from a Fentanyl
overdose was the musician Prince who passed away in April 2016. One reason that fentanyl is so dangerous is
because illegal labs are making it from scratch using dangerous toxins. This makes the drug a lot more unpredictable,
so it is much easier for people to overdose. It is also tasteless and odorless, so sometimes
people using counterfeit painkillers or doing heroin don’t even realize they are taking
fentanyl. One place that is particularly hard hit with
fentanyl overdoses is Canada. In British Columbia, half of all deaths in
the province are from fentanyl overdoses. It has gotten so bad that funeral directors
in British Columbia give naloxone nasal spray, which helps prevents opioid overdoses, to
the friends and families of overdose victims, just in case they turn to opioids to deal
with their grief. The funeral directors, who host about four
funerals a month for people who overdose on fentanyl, said that they are tired of seeing
so many families destroyed by the drug. 7. It Was Fueled In Part by the War on Drugs The War on Drugs was launched in 1971 by President
Richard Nixon and it’s been a losing battle ever since. Over a trillion dollars has been spent on
it trying to go after manufacturers, traffickers, and distributors of narcotics, but as of 2016,
over 20 million Americans have a substance abuse problem, there are a record number of
drug overdoses, and the drug cartels are as powerful and as deadly as they have ever been. There are some critics of the War on Drugs
who think that it helped fuel the opioid epidemic because of its misguided policies. Specifically, it shouldn’t have targeted marijuana,
which is relatively harmless compared to opioids. Notably, there are no confirmed records of
anyone overdosing on marijuana and some experts think that it is impossible to overdose on
marijuana. According to a DEA briefing, someone would
have to smoke 1,500 pounds of weed in 15 minutes to overdose. Another benefit that marijuana has over opioids
is that it’s not nearly as addictive. Several medical marijuana studies have shown
that marijuana is effective for the very thing that opioids are now prescribed to treat – chronic
pain. In a study, 80 percent of people were able
to substitute marijuana for painkillers. It can also be seen in the real world and
not just in studies. In areas where medical marijuana is available,
deaths from opioids drop anywhere from 15 to 35 percent. However, because marijuana was vilified in
the War on Drugs, it is still illegal in 40 states, but legal opioids continue to ravage
the country. 6. Could Lead to Dozens or Even Hundreds of HIV
Outbreaks One of the biggest side-effects of the opioid
epidemic is that it could lead to increased levels of HIV because of users sharing needles. Since 1993, HIV infections from sharing needles
dropped by 90 percent. However, that number is expected to increase,
because while a lot of people take advantage of needle exchange programs, one study found
that one-third of people who injected drugs intravenously admitted to sharing needles. In 2016, 22 cities in America saw an increase
in HIV infection rates from needle sharing and the Center for Disease Control says that
there are 220 rural communities that are highly vulnerable to an outbreak of HIV and Hepatitis
C. One small town that has already experienced
an HIV outbreak because of needle sharing is Austin, Indiana. Out of the town’s 5,000 residents, there are
190 diagnosed cases of HIV and more people have yet to be tested. The source of the HIV is a drug den, which
is a single story brick house, and at any given time, half a dozen people live or squat
there, and many of them are addicted to an opioid called Opana. Needle exchanges were illegal in Indiana and
the addicts’ needles were shared hundreds of times. When asked why they shared the needles at
the risk of getting HIV, one user said they just didn’t think it would happen. 5. It’s Hard to Get Treatment When someone stops taking an opioid that they’re
addicted to, their body begins to go through withdrawal. They get tremors, a terrible fever, they vomit,
have diarrhea, and experience other terrible flu-like symptoms. They also get very depressed and there is
an intense feeling of hopelessness. Unfortunately, once someone is on the other
side of their withdrawal, they aren’t instantly cured of their addiction and relapses are
possible. So while some people can quit drugs on willpower
alone, it’s not as easy for a lot of people. The problem is that the brain structure and
function change in people who abuse opioids, so some people need professional help or they
will not be able to get off the drug. Unfortunately, many people can’t get the help
they desperately need. Drug addiction treatment is expensive, and
in some cases, drug users have sold everything they’ve own and live on the streets to support
their habits. How are they able to pay for treatment? Even for people who aren’t living on the streets,
it’s hard to get treatment for addiction because most health insurance plans don’t cover addiction
treatment. While there are public treatment facilities,
unfortunately, the beds are always full and there are waitlists to get help. This is one of the most heartbreaking aspects
of the epidemic. People, who may have hit rock bottom and are
anxious to get help, take a huge step by reaching out and asking for help and they get told
to “call back in two weeks.” Two weeks can be a long time to spend in a
pit of despair that is created by addiction. In 2013, 316,000 people with substance abuse
problems tried to get treatment, but they were turned away. 4. More People Die from Overdoses than Car Crashes
and Gunshots The death stats for opioids are as shocking
as they are depressing. Between 2001 and 2014, the number of deaths
from overdoses increased six fold. However, the deadliest year on record, so
far, was 2016. Deaths from heroin overdoses rose 23 percent
from 2015 to 2016, totaling 12,989. Deaths from synthetic opioids, like fentanyl,
spiked by 73 percent to 9,580. However, the most devastating drug of them
all was prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin. 17,536 people died from overdosing on them
in 2016. That is a total of 52,404 opioid overdose
deaths, which is an overall increase of 12 percent from 2015. Deaths from opioid overdoses dwarfed the fatalities
from car accidents, which was 37,757, and gun deaths, including homicides and suicides,
which was 36,252. It is also more deadly than the AIDS epidemic
was when it was at its peak. 3. Enough Prescriptions for Opioid Painkillers
Are Written Every American Adult to Have Their Own Bottle One question that inevitably arises is why
are there so many opioids available? Unfortunately, it’s because too many doctors
prescribed too many of them. In 2012, physicians wrote 259 million prescriptions
for opioid painkillers. That is enough for every adult in America
to have their own bottle of pills. Of course, not all of these pills were used
by the patients. Some of them made it to onto the black market,
patients have them stolen, and patients share them with friends and family. Amazingly, in Canada, which is another country
that is having an opioid epidemic, the rate of prescriptions for opioids increased from
2015 to 2016. In 2015, doctors gave out 19.9 million prescriptions,
but that number increased to 20 million in 2016. Meaning, despite knowing the dangers, physicians
are still liberally prescribing opioids. 2. The Opioid Orphans One major casualty of the opioid epidemic
is the children who are affected by it. Horror stories in the news about young children
finding their parents dead or dying from an overdose are becoming way too common. However, many children of addicts do not happen
upon their parents’ bodies or them dying because many times the children are taken
away because one, or both of their biological parents, are too addicted to opioids to take
care of them. That is how powerful the addiction to opioids
are; people will continue to do drugs at the expense of losing their children. The overall number of kids orphaned or put
into foster care because of their parents’ addictions is hard to figure out; but what
is known is utterly depressing. For example, Kentucky’s Appalachian ridge
area is one of the hardest hit areas of the country for opioid addiction. According to the 2010 census, 86,000 children
in Kentucky were being raised by someone who wasn’t their biological parents, usually their
grandparents. While not all of the children that are living
with someone that is a non-biological parent are the result of opioid addiction, it’s believed
to be one of the biggest reasons. In Vermont, one-third of the calls made to
family services hot lines involve opioid addictions and between 2013 and 2016, they saw a 40 percent
increase in foster care cases. Meanwhile, West Virginia, another state ravaged
by opioid addiction, saw an increase of 24 percent in foster care cases between 2012
and 2016. 1. Purdue Pharma You may recognize Purdue Pharma from entry
#10 as one of the companies that pushed for opioids to be used for long term pain by citing
misleading studies and creating fake non-profits that pushed for opioids to be prescribed. Well, Purdue is also considered responsible
for setting off the whole epidemic. Purdue Pharma was purchased in 1952 by three
brothers, who were all psychiatrists. One of the brothers, Arthur Sackler, was a
pioneer in medical marketing. He was famous for finding enough uses for
Valium that it became the first drug to make $100 million. Sackler was also one of the first medical
advertisers to develop relationships with doctors where they would give the doctors
free stuff and/or money in the hopes that the doctors would prescribe their products. In 1996, Purdue introduce their new drug OxyContin. It was a time released oxycodone, which is
a semi-synthetic opioid that is manufactured by modifying a chemical called thebaine, which
is an organic chemical that is found in opium. It is chemically similar to morphine and codeine. Purdue spent $200 million marketing OxyContin
and between 1996 and 2000, they more than doubled their sales force. The average yearly bonus for salespeople was
$70,000 and some were as high as $500,000. In the first year, OxyContin made Purdue $45
million. There is evidence that Purdue knew that hundreds
of doctors were recklessly prescribing OxyContin as early as 2002. In 2016, Purdue was aware that at least 1.1
million OxyContin pills ended up being sold by organized crime syndicates like the Armenian
mafia and the Crips. However, in all that time, Purdue has done
very little to stop reckless prescribing or to curb OxyContin trafficking. They didn’t even pass on their findings to
law enforcement or even cut off the supplies to offending parties. In 2016, the revenues from OxyContin were
at $31 billion.

100 comments

  1. Thank you to the many of you who are sharing your stories of addiction and getting clean again. Please share your stories and be the motivation that others may need who will see this video.

  2. 88,000 Americans die every yr. Because of alcohol abuse!! But opiates are the problem right,lmao alcohol causes more death and destruction in the world than opiates ,but all the government's talk about is cocaine and heroin.

  3. Right, all the celebrities you listed were addicts not legitimate patients with diagnosed conditions. I suffer with RSD from botched surgeries. Nothing else works. Without the meds I have no life. I am not addicted and there is nothing getting a "high" . All of this crisis talk is making it difficult for legitimate patients. Sod off.

  4. – Opioid addiction was and still is a problem. Unfortunately alcoholism isn't a going-away also. People are in pain, physical pain, emotional pain, that's not going away. How can you cure all of the mental illness and physical illness that is out there? When people are in chronic pain, whether it be physical pain or emotional pain, they will do anything to make it stop or at least try to numb it or slow it down for a while. Then they become addicted to something which can make it worse. There is no easy answer to cure all the ills of the world. It is a sad State of Affairs.

  5. Let this be part of your study I have spinal stenosis without pain meds I can’t do what I want because of pain these meds give you quality of life 18 years on these meds I never went to heroin so your information is flawed get educated before you get on here and talk about something you have no clue I believe anyone that doesn’t have pain or takes meds because your just speculating you don’t have no experience with what your reporting, the same with the people that control medication and make laws they don’t have any experience to make the rules one thing I agree with is we need better treatment if they really care about heroin addicts but the truth is they don’t opium is a cash cow the government is not going too ever give up

  6. I feel like when this “epidemic” is talked about, we should all understand how many deaths and addictions occur when they take opioids for chronic pain in a medical way as prescribed by their doctor and if they take as prescribed even at home then it is very possible to not becoming mentally addicted because I will say that once you take any of these chemicals for a week or two then you’re pretty much physically dependent. I think the death toll count and the HIV stuff from needle sharing and the heroin and Fentanyl stuff mostly comes from the illegal drug market, but yet the people taking their medicine responsibly and aren’t addicted to but do need the meds to function on a daily basis are now having major issues getting their medication and that’s a huge problem for the legitimately sick and hurting people. And in most states you still can’t get medical marijuana and that’s if that option helps you personally.
    And I would personally like to know in total how many deaths in the world are predicted from the use of legal prescription use of opioids vs illegal use of them vs all alcohol deaths vs all cannabis deaths.
    Now it may be possible that taking into account all the little gang wars for the illegal drugs n stuff that that could have a very high count, but I’ll bet that alcohol has a higher rate of deaths caused in any manner. And I’ll also bet that legal prescription deaths would be third place and cannabis deaths would last in fourth.
    Too many people are lumping all opioid deaths together and aren’t taking into account most deaths come from the unknown fentanyl cut into heroin because it’s now cheaper to do that for the dealers and keeps their customers coming back to a very dangerous product as well as the amount of prescription drugs that have ended up on the street, which if I’m not mistaken is also part of that illegal group.

    I understand that lots of people lied to get all these opioids in use and Purdue making OxyContin for so damn long was pretty bad, but I also believe that now the opposite it happening and people fighting for the opposite are being negligent in what they’re saying and how they use statistics.

  7. I am an RN and have seen many drugs abused over the years. I first started working with my father at the age of 9 as a carpenter, then continued this trade till my late 30's, I was also a FireFighter with the Houston Fire Dept. When they did the first MRI on my back 30+ years ago the comment was "we have rarely seen someone with disc's compressed through their entire spine". Now don't get me wrong, many have it worse than me, I have been injected many times and it helps a lot. But when I stretched a 30 day prescription of narcotics over a 4 month period, I was told I did not complain enough and now I could only have a 7 day prescription. Mind you my insurance also denied having my upper back injected because I had not complained enough. So I am sorry to say as a nurse and former FireFighter I have to faulsley complain about pain to get any kind of treatment, because if not I am denied any treatment at all. I am almost 60 years old and come from a generation that believes you should suck it up. I rarely have ever missed a day of work, even though it is difficult just to stand erect some days. So those that have abused the system have made it almost impossible to get treatment for those of use that are ashamed they even go to a "Pain Management Provider". I am sorry, but this topic has multiple sides and the frustration is incredible for those us that need treatment and can now NOT get it. PS: thanks Simon, this really was a great video, and I appreciate it regardless of my personal difficulties. It does help me understand why the system is driven on its current course.

  8. That's why I take Kratom. It's a shame that they have banned it in some states. It is literally a life-saving plant. I have spinal stenosis and I take it daily instead of opioids

  9. And then there is that very large and very quiet group of patients who legitimately need these medications and use them responsibly. This isn't to diminish from the fact that there is a crisis, but the rhetoric around it has become so sensationalist and unbalanced as to completely disregard the reason why these drugs exist in the first place as well as stigmatize the people who are already suffering, and who are now made to suffer more due to the bad choices of others and the snap judgments of people with superficial knowledge but a great deal of judgment.

  10. The scariest time of my life was trying to quit taking OxyContin, after just 4 months of use, as my brain seemed to do everything in it's power to not allow me to stop taking the opioid…first , by my brain, knowing I was no longer taking as much, decided to punish me by increasing the level of pain I was feeling, when I started to decrease my dosage of my daily intake of the drug… and then, by trying to make me feel like I would no longer be able to even function, without returning to my original level ( 80mg per day ) of my prescribed OxyContin. What saved me in the end, was the realization that it was just my mind playing cruel tricks on me , in an attempt to keep the same levels of the drug coursing thru my veins, non-stop, day, after day. I took control of my situation , by cutting my dosage down by 5 mg per day, each week , until I was down to just 10mg per day…then , dropped that in half again, by chopping the pills in half, then in quarter, until I no longer took any. All the while , my brain told my body to revolt against my strategy of reduction of intake of the drug ( creating the feeling of more pain, delirium, and heightened depression ) …but I knew what was happening within my body, and decided to refuse to lose the battle against a drug trying to control me. I knew what the stakes were…a healthy life, free of drug addiction…or crippling dependency to a potent drug, leading to a scenario that eventually would see the drug as the clear winner, and my crumpled , destroyed body and mind as the defeated opponent, until an overdose mercifully took me out of the fight. I made the choice not to die from being a slave to a chemical, that cares about my well being, just as much as a bullet traveling towards me at high velocity does. They're both inanimate objects , but you don't want your life to be decided by either of them.

  11. Because of these people with a drug addiction to narcotic pain pills and other forms of Narcotics prevent people like me who need the narcotics to live pain free I'm so sick of it I'm denied pain medication because of this addiction problem I have not abused my pain medications into 20 plus years I've been taking them. So I left the center of the country move back to the east coast I'm denied! Thank you addicts I greatly appreciate it! Y'all make me sick!

  12. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol not opioids. The opiod crisis is just another "drug crisis" to scare people. There was the "crack epidemic", "meth epidemic", "ecstacy problem and how it ate holes in your brain" <- not true.

    Some people with chronic pain disorders really do need opiates. Then when the government cracked down because some people abuse it, people who legit need it suddenly are fucked over.
    The war on drugs is a joke. It caused every "epidemic" of drugs and it put good people with addiction (a disease) in jail. It also funded the goverment and private prison system. Not to mention lined the pockets of the Mexican cartels.

    They should just legalize all drugs and it would cut down crime, have people who need help not be scared to seek it, and if people overdose than so be it. People who are adults, should be able to do what they want.

    When they decriminalized all drugs in Portugal OD rates and crimes rates DRAMATICALLY decreased.

    Obviously the US is doing something wrong.

  13. That phony War on Drugs pushed by the government imprisoned a whole generation of Black People for marijuana possession and also deliberately flooded Black communities with crack cocaine. IMHO, this current opioid epidemic is nothing more than Amerikkka's chickens coming home to roost.

  14. Americans abuse and more than anybody else more than Scotland with its giant heroin problem which is all owing opiate Leeds England Amsterdam but no America's way worse right So does anybody live forever you know we all seem to fucken die whether it's of natural causes a car wreck this that another so what so fucken terrifying when he has come up with a bullship we a bunch of chicken ship women yes you're right the rest of the world a bunch of p**** except for America

  15. Sir Simon, I Absolutely Love, Watch, and Support pretty much Everything Thing that you’ve done on YouTube- However, this Video was a little upsetting bc you’re now another person pushing the “Opioid Epidemic Agenda”- I am a Severe and Chronic Pain Suffering and have been for years- As such, I’m gonna share some personal things to show you and everyone out there a different perspective- I have 6 Blown discs, 2 of which are herniated, degenerate disc disease, 2 torn hernias, I’ve also been diagnosed with 3 different autoimmune diseases, have had about 13 surgeries, and over 80% of my joints are damaged, which arthritis attack’s them all- Especially when it’s cold- Without pain medication, I can barely walk, and the pain is Beyond unbearable- And Yes, Many people out there do Abuse opioids, Which they have REALLY and Detrimentally affected those of us that need to take this medication to have Any Quality of life- So now that you all know The Other side of having to take pain medication, hopefully it has helped you to see things from a different perspective with regards to “The Opioid Epidemic”

  16. The Taliban stopped the Opium trade. So we invaded and our troops, current guard the crops. The Taliban never was involved in the black market sale of opium.

  17. More people on drugs means less people and more stuff for everyone since they die it bad if they are using the legal stuff but heroine and drug user should die they where stupid enough to start or be convicted to and they choose it over everything

  18. You forgot one: How many of us chronic pain sufferers lay awake at night in pain because we go thru the doctor and take the pee tests when required and wait patiently only to find we can't get help because our doctor is more worried about the DEA taking his license than about the patient. The only people who have benefited from the hysteria is the street users. I hope they all rot in hell.

  19. I am proud to say i have never been addicted to any pain killers or any other drug. I take no drugs and never will. everyone knows someone who died from opioid addiction. i know young people in their 20's that have died because of careless big pharma. how do they sleep at night with all these unnecessary deaths ? the blood on their hands is overwhelming. the on thing i am seeing in the comments is people with real pain cannot get the meds they need. this is true. doctors anymore wont treat pain, sleep , anxiety anymore. they treat you like you are a raging addict. i recently went to my doctor because i couldnt sleep. i got told we do not prescribe any narcotics anymore. all this that is going on has doctors running scared. big pharma started this mess and now everything is a disaster. people going without treatment. dead addicts everywhere, and doctors that just are not treating people.

  20. You make no distinction between chronic pain patients who are under the care of qualified doctors Anna following every single law and requirement- random drug testing, using only one pharmacy, etc- and plain street addicts. The best quote I ever heard was "opioids destroy the lives of addicts, but give back the lives of patients." I have incurable neuralgia and neuropathy, meaning I have a nerve that is damaged and thickening, and may at some point die, though that question is still up in the air. If it wasn't for pain medication, I wouldn't be alive. I take my exact dose and nothing else. I've been seeing my doctor for almost a decade, and both underwent testing for a diagnosis asks treatment plan and get nerve blocks from him 2-4 times a year. My treatment is a balancing act- too many pills and my ability to function degrades, but too strong of a nerve block and I lose bowel control. I've made every lifestyle change i possibly could, and if the solution was to just take tylenol or advil, don't you think I, and patients like me, would be doing that?! If all I cared about was getting drugs it's much easier to buy them on the street than to go through the hoops to get them legally. Do not throw me and others like me into the column with addicts. We are not the problem, and our treatment needs to be left alone, a contract with our doctors and not up to the whims of the public or politicians.

  21. On the other hand, I suffer from anxiety. I was on a drug regiment that worked and I could function. Now one of those drugs has made "the list." Now my dosage is greatly reduced and it is becoming hard to function. On top of that I've developed a sleep disorder and it takes me about 6 hours to fall asleep. Thank you, FDA. You have multiplied my problems. I WAS functioning just fine.

  22. Actually, marijuana is still federally illegal in the United States. Just because some jurisdictions have legalized it, doesn't make it legal. Technically, it's still illegal. On another note, I was proscribed precocet after having foot surgery in 2011. I learned pretty quickly that I didn't like it (it made me either feel pukey or puke). I had it refilled once (as was written on the script, and didn't even finish the bottle (my surgeon allowed 1 or 2 refills). Fast forward to November 2018 and April 2019. I had 2 arm surgeries (collectively) for cubital tunnel and carpal tunnel syndromes (one on each arm). The difference was that in 2011, my surgeon prescribed the drug to chase the pain (every 4 hours I think). And for my other surgeries, it was prescribed (not percocet, but some other opioid) on an as needed basis (as a last resort). OTCs (Tylenol arthritis and Aleve) were to be used first. Let's just say that even though I had the script filled for the April surgery (I wouldn't have, but the discharging nurse wanted to push it), I didn't touch the stuff. The OTCs and ice packs worked to relieve the pain. I don't wish to EVER be a part of the statistic. Besides, I also have bipolar. And addictive crap doesn't mix well with bipolar. Thank you for making this video, and bringing attention to the epidemic.

  23. 13:13 a perfect example of how statistics are manipulated. GUN DEATHS are GUN HOMICIDE. Add those two together and it is damn near high as opioids but then… They wouldn't look so horribly bad then, would they? HEAVY SIGHS

  24. Purdue is worse than El Chapo because they market their drugs as a safe form of treatment. If you buy from your local pusher you know what you're getting yourself into.

  25. Its getting hard to be treated in nusing homes for pain. These people are in heavens waiting room. They wont get better or younger. They cant get peace in their last years. Its sick the way some are treated.

  26. ABSOLUTELY!! Couldn't Agree More!! I Work in the Addiction field and see this Every Day!! Thank You because many don't see this!! I call it the next Holocaust for the sake of Population Control!!

  27. As a survivor of opiate addiction I can say that opioids are insanley addictive. You start out taking something like a prescription pain killer for dental pain, and then 2 weeks later you're so hooked you're willing to sell your freaking car to get your next fix.

  28. I am one of those people that everybody is demonizing. Do to surgury that went wrong I am in constant agony and with out oxycodone i could not have any kind of reasonable life. The doctors have all said my pain will only get worse but you
    people that demonize it are making it harder to get at the same time my doctors are recommending more.

  29. The amount of misinformation in the way it was presented in this video is unbelievable.people who require opioids to endure the day face plenty of discrimination and mistreatment without you piling on with the deceptive spin you have put on this piece. The whole thing reads like a photocopy of the status quo tyrannical government propaganda.

    Your explanation of "opiates mean heroin too", means nothing when your video is full of nothing but pill bottles in the background.

    All the stats around opioids and opioid deaths are trash, due to the spread of misinformation apathyand just the fact that some half-assed government workers are the ones collecting a lot of the information. so many people refuse to even acknowledge the distinction between an actual opioid overdose, which are much more rare than people would like you to believe, and someone who died from mixing opioids and benzos and alcohol etc. Those two things are not the sameyet they're both piled into the same statistic which is used to beat pain sufferers over the head on The daily. Opioid overdose death statistics are slam full of older people who are guilty of nothing more then dying of a stroke or heart attack while prescribed opiods. found dead with a bottle of painkillers somewhere in the house and now they're doomed to over-inflate the statistics for overdose deaths.

    Nothing could have proved my point on over-inflated stats, then when you listed all the celebrities who have died of opiate overdoses.
    Philip Seymour Hoffman: died from combined drug intoxication
    Amy winehouse: died from an alcohol overdose
    Michael Jackson: died from an overdose of propofol, which isn't even a painkiller it's an anesthetic, and can only be administered by an doctor
    Heath ledger: died with a list of different heavy-duty medications in his system as long as my arm. Oxycodone, hydrocodone, Valium, Xanax, restoril, and some antihistamine I can't remember the name of.
    Here we are at your crowning achievement you actually got one correct.
    Prince: died of a fentanyl overdose.

    If deaths do to a lack of knowledge about what they are actually taking is the overwhelming majority of deaths associated with opiates, then why do you think the answer would be cutting people off from the very thing that allows them to knowledgeably take their medications?
    How dare someone get injured in a way that requires them to be on pain meds for the rest of their life. They obviously don't require any actual quality of life. I've seen this firsthand. My father got the shingles about 10 years ago and developed multiple nerve pain disorders, one of them the doctors refer to as the suicide disease. I guarantee you sir he is far from the only one. But they're just junkies so who cares right.

  30. I had two massive open-abdominal surgeries that took a long time to heal and caused me great pain. For both surgeries while I was spending a week in the hospital I was given Dilaudid (an opioid) because my pain didn’t respond to morphine. It was amazing how quickly you could go from screaming pain to a soft, warm, quiet, painless sleepy feeling once the drug was administered. After 4 or 5 days they weaned me off Dilaudid and put me onto extra-strength Tylenol (nothing strong-feeling about it!!!) The harsh drop in pain management it provided really shocked my system and felt as if I was fresh out of surgery all over again. I longed for that soft sleepy feeling Dilaudid gave, but my doctor rolled his eyes at me and said “of course you want it—it’s basically medical-grade heroin.” That freaked me out a little because I realized that even though I hadn’t become addicted to the drug, it could have been so easy to if I had been given extended access to it. Hopefully from here on out I’ll manage to stay away from any more big surgeries that would get me even close to needing drugs like that again!

  31. It would be better if opioids were legally available so that they were in a pure, measured dose. It would be better to spend more money on treatment than prison. Opiates and other hard drugs should be made available to indigent addicts in a controlled environment as is sometimes done with alcoholics. You could have naloxone and medical support on hand and treatment for anyone who wanted it. It wouldn't prevent all tragedies, but it would minimize the damage, including collateral damage from addicts committing crimes to support their habits. People in intractable pain shouldn't be denied opiates just because others are abusing them. Prohibition is contributing to the supply of impure and adulterated products. Prince got his fentanyl in counterfeit Percocets.

  32. I was on Darvocet and Oxy for about 3 years. My ankle was in such bad shape it had to be replaced. I was laid off my job and had no insurance and no more pain meds. For 5 days I was in bed and so sick. No resources for me as I should have been under the care of a doctor. It was so terrifying and I thought I was going to die. I became an addict while being closely monitored by a doctor and taking them correctly. My heart goes out to anyone suffering.

  33. I really think this video is highly inaccurate and doesn't actually address the situation at all. It's been well established by the medical and science community that opioids were never the source of the ODing problem (it's polydrug toxicity from mixing drugs). That the majority of opioid users don't get their opioids from doctors. They get them from stealing leftovers of family and friends. That most patients less than 5% actually become addicted. You could have actually helped to dispel some of the biggest myths out there for those of us who are disabled and in need of treatment, but you chose to go with fear mongering more.

  34. The mind struggles to picture 1500 lbs of weed it's not dense… It have to be 10×10×8 cube or something.. Then smoke it in 15… 100 lbs a min… It's ludicrous after a few grams you'd be giggling after that chips and a movie your out son.

  35. I have a friend from Egypt . And he tells me it’s almost impossible to get any type of pain killers there. Day and night he said you can here people yelling and asking to die . Because of the pain of cancer that’s killing them slowly. Is this what we want ? My mother asking to help her die because the pain is to much to handle without pain meds.?

  36. This is a very heavy topic and I was beginning to believe toward the end that there would be no mention of the Sackler family but you went ahead anyway. Hats off!

  37. Purdue's presented Oxy to the FDA as a 100% non-addictive, time release drug that prevented tampering and misuse. They intentionally misled the FDA to get it approved and have never answered for this. How is any of the opioid crisis different from the tobacco stuff? These companies knew from the beginning that what they were doing and lied about it anyway…

  38. Addicted people WILL KILL another person to get high. What a load of BS. Where do you get this from???
    Kids taken away from people who is addicted happens, and that's the right thing to do. But taking a life to get high is ludacris. And u say it like all addicted people has killed to get high.
    Drugs are bad, but don't make such stupid claims.

  39. Ultimately in the U.S. the horrid business practices of drug companies like Perdue who place profits as their 1st goal. They recognized that addiction would ensure that their drugs would be used more often. Secondly, our technically trained (rather than care trained) physicians helped spread the addiction plague but prescribing more and more of these drugs. This ensures they don't have to see people for a very long time but can still make their required allocation of hourly money. We have many physicians who do care but unfortunately more than we would like of those who prefer to prescribe and rid themselves of complaining patients.

  40. I'm so happy to see so many chronic pain stories here. It's been a horrible journey through the medical system which has been brought to its knees out of fear.

  41. I'm in constant pain daily from back surgery & nerve pain, neck pain w/nerve pain, fibromyalgia & more. I am 61 yrs old & do not abuse pain meds I'm given. I have a dear friend with CRPS type 2 nerve pain, there is NO cure 4 her pain. She's allergic 2 all but one pain meds & has 2 fight 2 get it. I've seen both sides, most people who did from overdose on pain meds r abusing them with other drugs or alcohol. I've watched my husband due from his abuse & my oldest daughter allowing an abusive man keep her abusing. All have/had addictive personalities. Doctors need 2 be able to c the difference between those who use these drugs correctly & those with addiction problems. Don't even get me started on antidepressants!! Horrible meds, 4 myself, but 4 many who have taken them. I can detox from pain meds in 3-4 months, it took me a year & a month 2 get off if an antidepressant! 3 yrs later I still feel after effects from it. Sorry, ur information is wrong & biased by the do called "drug war" bring waged right now. My youngest daughter has been fighting thyroid cancer for 3 yrs & after 2 surgeries (her whole neck), refuses 2 use pain meds because she has seen 2 many friends due because of mixing prescription meds with other drugs or using them with needles. Pain meds r made 2 be taken in pill form because many r time released. If u shoot up a time released pain med ur heart can't take it & u die! These musicians & actors who've died didn't all die from pain meds either. I pray u go back and read some of these comments from the last 2 yrs! U need 2 see BOTH sides of this issue and so does the government!!!

  42. Strapping down infant boys, spreading their legs open and forcefully removing apart of their genitals to prevent them experiencing pleasure during sex, then propagating the lie that circumcision is for cleanliness purposes, that's okay. And legal and if you got a problem with that you're a psycho deranged lunatic. But giving medicines to people to alleviate pain, that's illegal. I recently went to the doctor with a double ear infection and a mouth full of cavities, he WOULD NOT give me a prescription for narcotics. So instead, I ended up buying vodka and almost overdosed, sick as a dog.

  43. I backpacked across America, until I became too depressed to go on and quit. Anywho, I was in New York, I swear, I was walking down the sidewalk and I kicked/found a bag of pills. Unopened, I picked them up, checked the numbers on Google and sure enough they were painkillers. Cool. I had a kidney stone and an earache so I kept them, and took them. That night upon entering the shelter they make you take everything out of your pockets, so not even thinking I threw the pills in the bin. They immediately jumped on me. I could tell that since they were all black and I was White that they were looking for a reason. I was arrested, transported to jail, booked then released. I left New York, never to return because now I got a felony failure to appear charge for the crime of being White and wanting to find some relief. There should be a place that people can go to end their lives and donate their organs to folks who want to live. They detained me and forced me to see a doctor in Bellevue, I was held for weeks. Lovely view of New York and my roommate smashing his chair on the window because I asked him if I could read the magazine he was reading. Lamonte, was his name, a pure schizophrenic psychopath built like a running back and looking for a fight. I curse this world. May it forever be cursed.

  44. There is one severe not mentioned problem here, while every last thing said is ~generally~ true, there are noteworthy exceptions not mentioned as well rarely taken into account even by experienced medical practitioners. That is simply put there ARE conditions although very few where these medications are literally the ONLY option for treatment, which is added hardship on top of the condition being treated for the patient to have to live with. Sure all saw this coming, yes i DO suffer one of these very insanely rare conditions where for YEARS everything under the sun that is non-narcotic was tried given my aversion to any and all things narcotic. Type 2 C.R.P.S. is however brutally and i do mean ~brutally~ unforgiving. Let it also be stated with the utmost gravity here EVERY test known to medical science was done on me to be beyond certain of my diagnosis. Over 30 (that number is not a typo) surgical nerve blocks have been performed on me to help not kill but help with the pain as there is simply is no getting rid of this type of pain, all that can be done is to combine daily physical therapy with borderline dangerous daily levels of these medications mentioned. Nobody in such sever pain wants to have to deal with treatment options being limited to things that very literally make you feel worse via side-effects and the like, though the psyche NEEDS some pain reduction or you will lose your sanity fully. For 14 years i have been living with CRPS which for those who do not know (very very few do as the tests to confirm CRPS are rarely given as well NOBODY can fake results and get opioids, sorry party people wrong tree, it will not work) t is such sever pain that over 80% of confirmed cases commit suicide t et away from the pain as it truly is THAT intense. As of my writing this commentary i have been sick most of this calendar year graduating off of High-Dosage Fentanyl and being forced to rely on ONLY on Opana 10mg IR as all other forms of Opana including ER and 20mg IR are now illegal, so i now have to plan my activities and dosages to alig and spend all my downtime holding dead still with tears streaming down my face, as well my suffering is destroying my marriage of 20 years as Caretaker-Burnout is a very real thing and loved ones especially have a very hard time seeing and hearing the suffering, Now cause people think this kind of drug is a party thing and corporate greed flooding the market so party people ended up with access to this stuff we are getting slammed in the nerves with new strict laws saying even patients with treatment history showing ALL ALTERNATIVES have been explored are STILL being taken off the medications that were giving people like me semi-normal lives. This sledge-hammer legislation combined with lack of public awareness is going to lead to ALOT more suicides that will likely never be known about as the vast majority get their "news" from corporate sponsored "talking heads" that can legally and DO lie on camera knowingly and otherwise every time they get up to film a "show" as the last real journalist faded to obscurity ages ago. What we NEED is actual doctors not on a political payroll nor a big pharma payroll working towards legislation that leads to responsible management of these dangerous though albeit in some cases useful medications instead of an outright ban on them which we are currently doing which will serve ONLY to make the cartels even more powerful and screw over the minority that actually does need this kinda thing just to do normal human stuff. Gotta wrap this up and take MY MORNING OPANA DOSE so i can in 20min get dressed without involuntary screaming and get my wife and i our morning coffee and a healthy lunch before she goes to the office and i have to start class. All well thought out responses are not only welcomed but encouraged, if you want to disparage me or tell me i should be taking hits from the bong like its a miracle cure which it is not as yes we tried that too and guess what it killed the side effects from the Opana but did nothing to the pain i am in at all times, even in my sleep i feel this pain as it really is that intense and that pervasive, CRPS is the most pain the human body is even capable of feeling, its said a non-medical amputation is worse but at least with that you go into shock fairly quickly and bye bye pain which is sadly not the case with CRPS….

  45. Its gotten really bad for legitimate patients here in oklahoma. Ive had to watch my poor mother go from having real quality of life to sitting at home and weeping. She was in a horrible car accident and 5 of her vertebrae were compression fractured. I can still hear her screams in the er begging the doctors to let her die. She sees a pain specialists and he has had to cut her medsby 50 percent because the state was threatening to take his licence. He showed us the letter. So each month he holds my moms hand while she weeps and he cant help her. She has never abused her medications. People like her are being cast aside . oh he can give her what she needs but she has to be dying. The state is now dictating people's health care. Ive gotta go draw her a warm bath. It sometimes helps a little…

  46. This isn't fair to the people who take their medicine correctly. I was on oxycodone for a year took my medicine on time and never abuses it. I was taken off and had no problem with withdraw at all. I suffer from chronic pain due to a stroke, neurological disorder, fibromyalgia, and migraines. There as always people that abuse the drugs that we need but because of the abusers it ruins it for the people that really need the medications. I can't live a normal life because I'm always in pain.

  47. Everyone is always looking for people to blame just give us the drugs and WE will decide what we put in our own bodies. The British empire used opium to control China and it was openly used in the American frontier if people want to take opiates they WILL find a way.

  48. Alcohol kills over 80,000 Americans every year. Millions abuse it and destroy there lifes. Yet it's ok!
    Tobacco kills over 2500 people a day. .in a long painful way. Yet that's ok!

  49. After 2 spine surgeries I was on fentanyl for a while plus percocet. I may need another surgery because I have a compression fracture in between my shoulder blades. Thanks to the junkies chasing a high, it makes it harder for people who actually pain medication.

  50. Trying to control Opioids prescribed and including street drugs into the statistics is what is causing the entire problem. This works just like prohibition, when Alcohol was banned, a black market was born only this black market is now creating some horrifying drug mixtures combining street drugs with pharmaceutical medications that kill at an exponential rate.
    The other misleading fact of this Opioid topic is how they categorize pharmaceutical grade medications together with street drugs. I don't consider ANY drug to be pharmaceutical once it has been mixed with an illegal street drug, instead, it should now be classified exclusively as a street drug.
    I completely get why the people who have never suffered from a severe and debilitating chronic pain issue don't understand why it is that those who do rely on these pain medications to help them have a quality of life.
    I used to say the same thing before I herniated multiple discs in my neck while the Doctors tell me that my injury is beyond our current medical capabilities to treat. And worst of all isn't the horrible nonstop pain that is 24/7 and 365, but, the other symptoms such as severe dizziness.
    I tried many medications to control the dizziness but non of them worked until I discovered a couple of years later that Opioid pain medication did (I didn't start my treatment with Opioids). The reason pain medications worked was do to the way it controlled pain, Opioids make your brain ignore symptoms, thus ignoring the signal to my brain that told me I was feeling dizzy. I don't like taking any kind of medications and I did stop taking them after my 2nd surgery, until 3 months down the road when my nerves were all healed and the symptoms returned, because unfortunately, they hadn't successfully corrected my injuries.

  51. Michael Jackson did not die of opioid addiction. He overdosed on propofol and benzodiazepines and suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

    Amy Winehouse died of acute alcohol poisoning. Whitney Houston died of a combination of drowning, cocaine abuse, and coronary artery disease. Philip Seymour Hoffman died of mixed drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines, and amphetamine.

  52. To everyone complaing that he dose not talk about the people who actually need the medication it is because the video is about addicts who abuse them and how it got started so the people who need and don't abuse them are not addicts are not talked about that much

  53. I've suffered severe migraines all my life. Often as many as 4/5 a month some lasting a week or more. I also have severe fibromyalgia. I have tried many types of meds for them and some worked…to cut the pain but not to prevent it. Now, I take one 10mg capsule of Cannabidiol, or CBD, a chemical compound in marijuana – (no THC), every night. I have not had a migraine in over a year and the fibro pain is almost non-existent. No more narcotics or side effects.

  54. The problem now is the people who really need the pain killers and are not addicted. Have tremendous hurdles to jump over they are treated like addicts. I for one hate being treated this way
    I have spinal fusion from T 10 to S 2 basically my entire lumbar spine. I still have pain but I struggle to get medication legally. I still work full time but the pain in my back my hips and legs gets so bad I want to cry sometimes even give up. But I have my family to think about so I keep putting one foot in front of other my last MRI show a large protruding disc at L4 L5.

  55. Legal weed costs twice as much as free market weed. Most is grown in ontario, because most of the growing licences were issued to the pm's buddies. So folks in bc are expected to pay more for shite, because the best growers are too small to afford a liscence. Medical marijuana is completey illegal now. Does this sound like big pharma to you too?

  56. Thank you. You said a few things that needed saying but perhaps left out a couple. The brain develops a tolerance faster then the respiratory system. Hence the person doesn't feel his or her usual buzz and does more till their heart and lungs shut down. Most long time junkies are aware of this fact. The goal is not to get high but to stay normal meaning not dope sick.
    Personally I think most of the death by OD is the younger crowd, which is sad. Again long time users have a better grip on it as well as their friends. When a 17 year old ODs in his friends basement or wherever, their friends are just as inclined to run away rather then help as they really don't know what to do.
    You were 100% correct when you said doctors were forced to cut back or cut off peoples prescriptions making the problem far worse. People who were used to pharmaceuticals grade drugs ended up buying off the street.
    Almost every doctor I spoke to agreed they were making it worse but none stood up to the collage and said anything. I recall one doc in Ontario spoke up and lost his licence.
    At this point in time I think the best thing to do is let us that became addicted have our drugs. Focus on the next generation and merp them off the stuff. Again, folks have killed themselves because of the withdrawals. It is nasty and pure hell for anyone to go through.
    I could say much more but will leave it here. Thanks for calling it like it is.

  57. From Anti Nazi Anti Racist Anti COMMUNIST ! Poppy flowers are beautiful & very common here! The POPPY roots are not addictive & relieve pain ! The POPPY seeds used in baking must be used carefully! Banana cake covered with POPPY SEEDS is so yummy just one slice is safe! Heroin is very dangerous DONT USE IT! ITS AVAILABLE HERE in SE ASIA 🌏 OPIUM IS available here DONT USE IT! PATTAYA BEACH THAILAND 🇹🇭

  58. Hey Simon these are the same companies that tell you that all vaccines are safe and are pushing for more and more restrictions on parents to choose what's right for their children. Did you know that Congress passed a law that protects pharma companies from being held liable from injuries caused to families by the very own "medicine" they created? May be you should do more investigation on the "studies" that have been done in that topic as well. Also look at the alternative studies. The ones that are harder to find. There out there…. Just very well hidden

  59. Not a single mention of how those who are suffering from from chronic pain rarely abuse their medication! The crackdown on doctors and prescribing has meant that there is an increase in those chronic pain patients who have been cut off from their medication, which has lead to an increase in the number of chronic pain patients committing suicide.

  60. 70,000+ deaths in US in 2019.
    Relapse and death is more likely than sobriety. Needle exchanges and clinics are closing.

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