The epidemic nobody saw: The opioid crisis in America | Addiction Blog

After my recent experience with having these things prescribed

  1. against my wishes 2)  in massive quantities 3) with no warning at all of consequences – I am not one bit surprised. Thank God, My encounter was mercifully brief.


By Dr. Louise Stanger, Ed.D, LCSW CIPA Tidal Wave Of LossLike a tidal wave that comes crushing to shore over the past year, the President, States, national news media, and families who have lost loved ones have cried out in crushing alarm about the tragedies of opioid addiction and overdose. With Prince’s untimely death, the tide has turned and there is not a news media outlet that does not feature this over sweeping dilemma.We invite you to continue reading to learn more. Then, join us for some Q&A in the designated section at the bottom of the page. We welcome your questions and try to provide personal and prompt response.The History Of Opioids In The WorldOpioids have played a unique role in society. They are widely feared compounds, which are associated with abuse, addiction and the dire consequences of diversion; they are also essential medications, the most effective drugs for the relief of pain and suffering (Portenoy et al, 2004). Historically, concerns about addiction have apparently contributed to the under treatment of disorders widely considered to be appropriate for opioid therapy, including cancer pain, pain at the end-of-life, and acute pain (Field and Cassel, 1997; Schnoll & Weaver, 2003; Portenoy & Lesage, 1999; Breitbart et al. 1998; Smith et al., 2008)The Sumerians in Mesopotamia were among the first people identified to have cultivated the poppy plant around 3400 BC. They named it Hul Gil, the “joy plant” (Booth, 1986). It eventually spread throughout the ancient world to every major civilization in Europe and Asia and was used to treat pain and many other ailments (Schiff, 2002; Askitopoulou, Ramoutsaki, & Konsolaki, 2002; Booth, 1986; Dikotter, Laaman, & Xun, 2004)Developments in the 19th century transformed the practice of medicine and initiated the tension between the desire to make available the medicinal benefits of these drugs and recognition that the development of abuse and addiction can lead to devastating consequences for individuals and for society at large (Booth, 1986; Musto, 1999):

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