Trump declares opioids a public health emergency

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  • airnaut Everett, WA
    Oct. 27, 2017 9:48 a.m.

    SIMPLICITY - Denver, CO
    Oct. 26, 2017 6:05 p.m.

    When are the masses going to wake up?? Illegal and legal drugs are primarily manufactured and imported into the USA by the CIA/FBI. This is so obvious you simply need to open your eyes and read a little. Afgahnistan had nothing to do with "terrorists." It is simply the #1 source of poppy seed and heroin in the world and the Elites wanted control, as they had lost control of it 10 years prior to 2001.

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    Thank you for your nutty conspiracy theory.

    Obama is a secret muslim, born in Kenyan.
    Hillary Clinton ran a child sex ring out of a D.C. pizza parlor,
    Reptilians are breeding with humans,
    Sandy Hook was staged False Flag Government operation to seize your guns,
    RFID chips, Chem Trails, Fluoride and Vaccines used by Government for mind control,
    the moon landings were faked,
    JFK was ordered killed by LBJ and Oswald [maybe even Ted Cruz's father] were CIA,
    and
    you are a firm believer in the 'Deep State'.

  • SIMPLICITY Denver, CO
    Oct. 26, 2017 6:05 p.m.

    When are the masses going to wake up?? Illegal and legal drugs are primarily manufactured and imported into the USA by the CIA/FBI. This is so obvious you simply need to open your eyes and read a little. Afgahnistan had nothing to do with "terrorists." It is simply the #1 source of poppy seed and heroin in the world and the Elites wanted control, as they had lost control of it 10 years prior to 2001.

    We do have rampant problem with Opioids and nearly every other substance. I'm a doctor and i see it on the front lines. Whether it be cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, fatty foods, meth, heroin, norco, percocet, and oxycontin. But lets be real, our own handlers/Elites make it and supply it and profit from it and then blame the whole thing on societal ills.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2017 4:33 p.m.

    @ IAlaw - Council Bluffs

    We suffer from “profoundly greedy corporate interests such as Big Pharma.”
    - On this we agree 100%.

    But the rampant over-prescription of drugs of all kinds is not a result of over-regulation. Quite the opposite.

    I’m with Hutterite: If I never again see an “ask your doctor” ad, I’ll be thrilled.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 3:25 p.m.

    @Rifleman
    Why is it that in states with legal medical marijuana that opiod deaths are significantly lower than demographically similar states where weed is prohibited? It has nothing to do with marijuana. It's a straw man argument your bringing up here.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 2:48 p.m.

    @ Rifleman

    "...and then we wonder why our youth make the jump from Marijuana to whatever else they can get their hands on."

    People get hooked on opioids because their dentist prescribes Vicodin after a root canal or their doctor prescribes a hydrocodone derivative to lessen back pain. You don't understand how vicious these addictions are. If you did, you wouldn't be talking about "morality".

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 2:12 p.m.

    Utah Girl Chronicles - Eagle Mountain, UT

    You can ignore the truth if you chose to but Marijuana is known as a gateway drug. We want to legalize it in our state, it is already legal in other states, and then we wonder why our youth make the jump from Marijuana to whatever else they can get their hands on.

    Our growing drug epidemic and our moral decline go hand in hand.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 12:02 p.m.

    @ Rileman

    "There is a direct correlation between our decline in morality and young people who get addicted to drugs. If dad is in prison and mommy's new boyfriend is on drugs it is hard to understand how the children who grow up in that environment can turn out any better."

    Perhaps but we are talking about the opioid problem, not morality. You can hoist yourself up on your morality pedestal but that doesn't lessen the fact there are clergy people, police officers, lawyers, nurses, doctors and teachers who have an opioid problem.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 10:30 a.m.

    Noodlekaboodle - Poplar Grove, UT

    Yes, many people get addicted to drugs doctors but the vast majority of drug addicts got their start as kids running around the streets without guidance from parents.

    Marijuana has been proven to be a gateway drug, it is now legal in many states, and now the mentally challenged blame Trump for not fixing the problem.

    Our decline in morality has consequences.

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, WA
    Oct. 26, 2017 10:19 a.m.

    @Rifleman - Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    There is a direct correlation between our decline in morality and young people who get addicted to drugs. If dad is in prison and mommy's new boyfriend is on drugs it is hard to understand how the children who grow up in that environment can turn out any better.

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    You really have know idea what we are talking about, do you?
    Opioids addicts are not street beggars, homeless people, Saturday nights parties, or crackheads.

    Opioids kills over 50,000 people a year.

    They are in fact --
    Grandmas and Grandpas,
    Mommies and Daddies,
    Bishops, Priests, and Rabbis,
    Teachers, Police, Restaurant waiter,
    Construction worker and Clerk,
    Republicans, Democrats,
    Mormons, Methodists, Catholics, and Atheists,

    There is not a single group of Americans not touched or effected by this epidemic.

    Sad thing is --
    The Pharmaceutical Industry pushing sales helped perpetuated this,
    the Pharmaceutical Industry won't pay to help fix it,
    but they sure will be more than happy to sell you the treatment for it...$

    It's silly to think Diet Coke, green teas, or coffee are the sin or problem,
    when you have this going on.

  • Noodlekaboodle Poplar Grove, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 9:54 a.m.

    @Rifleman
    While there is no doubt that some of the people getting addicted to opiates are kids, many of them are adults, many of them start getting their drugs from a doctor. This is not just high school kids scoring drugs on a street corner.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 9:15 a.m.

    In my experience as something of an outsider, American health care is kind of a wild west affair.
    It's pushed on us like new cars, worse even. It's all about the dollar, not ones' health at all.
    I noticed in Florida, for example, that strip malls are filled with so called 'pain' clinics. Is pain such an epidemic there, or is it about pushing pills? If I never see an ad ending in 'ask your doctor if X is right for you!' again, that would be fantastic. My doctor should know what I need, not the other way round. Then, once you do take meds, some law outfit is out there trying to make a buck off a class action suit from it.
    The opioid and fentanyl crises are, as someone pointed out, moral crises. Top down, corrupt, greedy leadership morality crises.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    Utah Girl Chronicles - Eagle Mountain, UT

    There is a direct correlation between our decline in morality and young people who get addicted to drugs. If dad is in prison and mommy's new boyfriend is on drugs it is hard to understand how the children who grow up in that environment can turn out any better.

  • Anti-Trump Everett, WA
    Oct. 26, 2017 8:34 a.m.

    I declare the hurricanes an emergency [50 dead] = $250 billion
    I declare the California fires an emergency [50 dead] = $200 billion
    I declare opioids an emergency [50,000 dead] = $ ZERO

    The only thing I can see is that businesses stand to gain with hurricanes and fires,
    peoples lives? Trump doesn't give a rip.

    It's like Trump see "America" as nothing more than a business,
    not people, citizens.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Oct. 26, 2017 8:17 a.m.

    Opioids kills the same amount of Americans each year that were killed in the entire Vietnam War.

    Of course Trump isn't going to understand the gravity of this situation. He doesn't have an opioid problem.

  • IAlaw Council Bluffs, IA
    Oct. 26, 2017 7:55 a.m.

    @ EDM :

    Respectfully, our healthcare system is not "a modern-day Wild West." It is actually massively regulated and burdened in no small degree by government intervention. Unfortunately, we're witnessing what happens when an enormous and byzantine regulatory system is captured by powerful and profoundly greedy corporate interests such as Big Pharma.

  • EDM Castle Valley, Utah
    Oct. 26, 2017 7:35 a.m.

    I agree 100%. States need money to deal with this epidemic.

    But where is the “war on drugs” on this one? Why is our healthcare system a modern-day Wild West?

    Will we make Big Pharma pay?