Opioids and the Failure of Compassion

Move over meth, cocaine, and crack. The latest addiction du jour is now opioids.  According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, in 2015 there were 20,100 deaths from prescription opioids and another 13,000 from heroin in the U.S. alone.  This is essentially the same number of people that are killed annually on our highways. Ditto for firearm-related deaths. And although the statistics for 2016 are not yet available, the overdose death rate is expected to have risen since 2015.  To address this addiction epidemic, money from the federal and state governments is being poured into prevention and treatment programs. In addition to this, a big point of contention on the ObamaCare repeal effort is make sure that the replacement health care law will have in it what many consider to be adequate treatment care for addicts.   And it's not all about money. Doctors are also being given...(Read Full Article)