Opioid abuse has been an epidemic, with daily deaths from overdoses. Those deaths are the usual, along with weather, on the evening news.
The OH Attorney General filed the second public nuisance lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies such as Purdue. The complaint is about failure to adequately warn how use of opioids can become addictive. Here is a copy of that lawsuit.
Therefore, it was predictable that medical doctors in the state would back off from writing prescriptions for pain killers and other medications which could become addictive.
Way back in fall of 2016, I requested a prescription for sleeping pills. Since age 11, I have had bouts of severe insomnia. I have successfully used sleeping pills now and then to return to a normal sleep cycle.
Instead of a prescription, the medical doctor provided a lecture on lifestyle changes which would prevent insomnia. On my own, I found over-the-counter sleep aid ZZZQuil, produced by Nyquil.
Neighbors in this 400-unit residential complex also had, as Bloomberg reports, been among the millions cut off from refills on painkiller prescriptions.
One shifted to meditation, which has been somewhat effective.
Others have gone into rehabs and joined 12-step programs to shake off the dependency.
And there are those who simply are chronically irritable.
OH is a microcosm of what is happening throughout America as the medical community fears getting on the radar of law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
The positive development from this is that the healthcare mindset might no longer think: pill. It might invest more in research about alternative ways to manage pain and other conditions such as clinical depression and anxiety.
Those medications which aren't addictive frequently have nasty side effects. Twice I had prescribed for me Zoloft for a situation-caused clinical depression. Both times I gained 50 pounds.
Five years ago, when I was slipping into the dark hole, I dragged myself to a mindfulness center to learn meditation. That did the trick.
Recently, a situation - the client tried (unsuccessfully) to stiff me - kicked off the beginnings of a clinical depression. I upped the intensity and time meditating. Although I'm not out of the woods yet, I can function.
Could this crack-down on opioids be the start of the Unpilling of America?
Meanwhile, there is growing demand for communications about addiction. During the past 10 days, I responded to two help-wanted ads to provide content on that healthcare problem.
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