This destroys the myth of “heroin pills” that “cause” addiction after “just a few pills”. And this tiny fraction of patients could very well be the ones that suffered long term damage from the injuries that sent them to the ER in the first place.
People who are prescribed pain medication after they visit the emergency room for car crashes, falls and other types of acute injuries largely do not become addicted to opioids, a new study showed.
The results go against the widely held understanding…
It’s more like malicious ignorance due to a complete lack of understanding and, in some cases, a blatant refusal to understand.
Despite the reams of data from the last years showing that opioid prescriptions aren’t driving overdoses, the anti-opioid zealots reject any information that doesn’t fit the myth they refuse to give up and continue propagating.
…among policymakers and some physicians that opioid prescriptions lead to misuse, addiction and overdoses.
A growing body of research removes medical-grade pills from the spotlight of the crisis and attributes most overdoses to the misuse of heroin and illicitly made fentanyl.
The study, published Nov. 1 in the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine, followed nearly 500 patients with acute injuries at two emergency departments in the Bronx, New York for six months after their ER visit.
- Only 1 percent of people became reliant on the drugs six months after their discharge, and
- 80 percent did not fill a second prescription in the same window.
Those who did develop persistent use, defined as filling at least six prescriptions, reported moderate or severe pain from their injuries.
The authors said their data shows that the vast majority of pain patients surveyed did not seek more prescriptions after their first round of medication.
“Although it is becoming increasingly clear that problematic opioid use is associated with the duration and quantity of initial opioid prescriptions, the long-term risks of an opioid prescription for an individual patient with acute pain are poorly understood and inadequately quantified,” the authors wrote.
The CDC reports “deaths involving” opioid prescriptions, methadone, heroin and others without accounting for overlap between the categories.
Even a magazine like Newsweek can see that the numbers reported by the CDC are hiding the real source of overdoses.
Why can’t “experts” understand what the data shows? Oh yeah, “experts” are the ones who came up with this irrelevant and obfuscating categorization of opioids into “synthetic” and “natural”, which makes no distinction between prescribed opioids and street drugs.
A recent Massachusetts study looked at the overlap, reporting that only 1.3 percent of overdose decedents had an active prescription for every opioid detected in their system.
I’ve been posting about this a lot lately:
- Only 1.3% of Overdose Victims Had Opioid Rx
- Drug Cocktails Fuel Massachusetts’ Overdose Crisis
- Contribution of Rx Versus Illicit Opioids to Overdoses
- Overdoses usually involve multiple drugs
Instead, most used heroin and fentanyl, while nearly a quarter of overdoses studied resulted from a mix of heroin, fentanyl and prescription pills in some combination.
Public health experts largely agree that federal efforts to suppress prescription opioid availability have led to more demand for deadlier drugs, in part creating a market for mass quantities of phony pills created by Mexican drug cartels and a methamphetamine resurgence in New England.
Yet these “public health experts” aren’t trying very hard to make the public understand this.
Before any real change can take place, the public needs to understand the reasons for “opioid overdoses” needs. They need to understand that all the anti-opioid myths PROPagated by the media aren’t true and they need better information that shows what’s really going on in this growing crisis of overdoses.
The fact that opioid prescriptions have declined dramatically while overdoses continue their surge should be evidence enough to convince them. Yet rationality doesn’t seem to have any effect on the anti-opioid crusaders who are trying to stamp out almost any use of opioids.
But I’m convinced this will last only until they themselves suffer some kind of long-term pain. The chances for that increase dramatically as we all age, so I expect the crusaders to start dropping out as they need to tend to their own pain.