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I came across this article in the Journal of Pain Research by Dr. Jeffrey Singer et al. The title is called "Today's Nonmedical opioid users are not yesterday's patients: implications of data indicating stable rates of Nonmedical use and pain
Reliever use disorder". If you Havnt read this i would highly recommend it. When we discuss the opioid crisis we like to assign more blame to certain entities. The entity i hear alot in this discussion is pharmaceutical companies like Purdue Pharma and overprescribing that
Took place during the 90s when they marketed the drug Oxycontin. Alot of times we hear they were the cause of this crisis along with doctor overprescribing. Now this was Definately a contributing factor in getting this drug in the wrong hands resulting in NON-MEDICAL use
(Emphasis mine).. But i feel that it doesn't paint the whole picture of this nuanced discussion. Here is a quote from the article

"In September 2018 analysis of CDC data going back to the 1970s, Jalal et al found that "death rates from drug overdoses in the US have been on an
Exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing suggesting that overdose deaths may continue along the same historical growth trajectory for years to come".
This is very eye opening because the data informs us that overdose deaths were happening and increasing over a decade before PP Oxycontin ever came into the discussion. Like i said before and in my review of Netflix The Pharmacist, Purdue Pharma did not start this "opioid crisis"
OD deaths were happening way before PP drug Oxycontin came in. To assign blame soley on them doesn't take into account other pressing factors that have taken place, and maybe this discussion of the opioid crisis is more complicated and nuanced than we realize?? #TwitteRx
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