Your donations allow us to protect the doctor-patient relationship.
I’m continuously amazed by the manner in which denial and irrational thought play out in individual behavior. Given the right circumstances, no one is immune from it and sometimes it can even have beneficial side-effects and outcomes, but in regards to COVID-19 and our government’s response to opioids when treating painful conditions, duplicity has been exposed.
By R Carter
A new publication from the Trust for America’s Health[i], TFAH.org, a non-partisan public health policy, research, and advocacy organization, shows that deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicides have leveled off for the first time since when records were first kept in 1999.
In 2018, more than 150,000 Americans died from alcohol, drugs, and suicide combined.[ii] The 2018 death rate of 46.4 deaths per 100,000 is level with the 2017 rate of 46.6 per 100,000. This is the first time since 1999 when there hasn’t been an annual increase in the combined figure and the first time in years that there hasn’t been a sizable increase.
However, the stabilization of alcohol, drug, and suicide deaths was not uniform. Some causes, places, and populations had positive or stable trends, many had a decline in the magnitude of the increases, and others are continuing to rise too quickly.
I tell myself I have a pretty good handle on what it’s like to be an addict, to recover from addiction and what ultimately kills the addict in the long run. My perceptions and informed sense of objectivity come from living with an addict for more than fifteen years, one who ultimately died from an overdose and watching her cross addict from one substance to the next. All the while, ignoring the underlying cause because that cause was the true source of her pain and discomfort, the thing she’s running away from and can’t face. Whether its because they’re arrogant and hard-headed, closed-minded and fearful, untrusting due to some previous betrayal, or all of the above, every addict has a core issue they’re unwilling to face that keeps them addicted and a significant other, who knowingly or unknowingly, enabled them to stay addicted.