December 15, 2016
Fentanyl is not a problem. Drug laws are the problem.
Robert Charles, a political appointee of George W. Bush, sounds the alarm that "we are nearing the falls." Supposedly all we need to do is "care." Apparently this will miraculously cure "the problem." Others have declared that "Fentanyl is the reason why deadly overdoses from painkillers continue to climb in the US." Like Charles, they commit the logical error of declaring that the last step in a multi-step process is the source of a problem. Such an assessment is simply wrong. Pundits use factual but context-free language to paint certain drugs as somehow evil. Fentanyl is "illegally made" and "synthetic." It is "50 times as powerful as heroin." As Herman Cain notes in his new book, we have to tackle The Right Problems. In my thirty-six years in anesthesiology, I administered literally gallons of Fentanyl. It is a very safe drug, primarily because it's a pure narcotic with limited and very...(Read Full Article)