In 2019, 90 Americans people die every day from an opioid overdose. It impacts every kind of person from every society layers. Even celebrities have gone in the infernal circle of Opioids… The opioid crisis is the biggest sanitary threat in the USA since the country existed.
Why people started taking opioids
Opioid has been introduced at the end of the ’90s and since, has been offered by doctors to patients as an efficient solution to treat temporary or permanent stress or depression. The process is always the same: Regular people and families get a prescription for opioid pills to help with sleep, stress or depression troubles.
The solution is efficient and when I see that these substances act in a similar way as fentanyl, heroin, opium, I can be sure that such strong drugs can be efficient on people!
But nobody thought further …
But the real problem is not how efficient these drugs are but the addiction that generates such a molecule and it’s a close resemblance to heroin. Taking an opioid today is the first step to heroin addiction. In a few weeks or months, a new opioids users with normal lives start acting like junkies, destroying their lives and their families, stealing goods and money to fund there addiction and finally going to heroin or opium in a final morbid fall…
These parents, these families, these rich and poor people from all over the U.S are all the victims.
Why did such addictive drugs are so openly prescribed?
For the last 20 years, opioids drugs have been vastly prescribed. There are various causes for this spread :
- Misunderstanding about the side-effect and the close resemblance to heroin.
- There are no other efficient other drugs available on the market.
- Big marketing campaigns by pharmaceutical companies.
We cannot talk only about the past because in 2019 the crisis is here, since October 16, 2017, the US is still officially under public health emergency. Some errors have been made in the past and the U.S Government is active to fight the epidemic but is it enough? Opioid already killed more than 64000 peoples in the U.S in 2018 and it’s time to look for a real alternative to these horrible chemicals.
But there is a solution
What is certain is that too many people are treated with too strong drugs, opioids should stop being the first solution we think about when we have a temporary problem or illness. Cannabidiol has been proven very efficient in some cases (sleeping, relaxing, recovering, etc …) and some new studies are demonstrating new medicinal properties of CBD. When you know that opioids are used mostly as painkiller you understand that CBD could be super useful because it is a proven painkiller too. But instead, CBD has no side effect and absolutely 0% risk of developing an addicting behavior or going for higher doses or stronger drugs.
CBD could be very well a solution to treat patients with light or medium pain, and for people with a higher level of pain, it could be interesting to think about medical cannabis (if legal in the State) with a mix of CBD and THC like some existing authorized medication (cf: Sativex). In most of the case, light CBD treatment should be envisaged first before thinking about medical marijuana and finally opioid or even stronger painkiller like Morphine.
Well, I’m not a doctor or a scientist and as a small company owner is don’t have my word to say about big pharmaceutical companies or Secretary of Health policy but I think the process that leads to opioids should change.
Logic says to start slowly to determine the best drug the patient needs. If a patient feels tired, you don’t give him cocaïne because it’s more efficient than a pill of vitamins …