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b_b  ·  463 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years

Opioid addiction rates have something to do with over prescribing, but not as much as you think they do, because you're blinded by your hate for all things profitable.

Ever notice how opioids are mostly a problem in places with SHITTY healthcare coverage and tons of POOR people? If your hypothesis were correct, one would expect to see the opposite. That is, if over prescribing were the main driver of this crisis, then access to care would correlate to higher addiction rates. Turns out one of the best correlates is economic opportunity. Go figure.

I would recommend listening to the recent On The Media episode about it. Very illuminating, but only if you're receptive to facts that don't fit your narrative. http://www.wnyc.org/story/on-the-media-2017-08-25




OftenBen  ·  463 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    because you're blinded by your hate for all things profitable.

My hate is for the commercialization of the destruction of human beings in all forms. I have special vitriol for people who are in positions where they can do good, and instead choose to make money at the expense of the lives and wellbeing of others. You can make money without making junkies out of the whole country. Business transactions can be win-win for both sides.