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    More than one out of three average Americans used a prescription opioid painkiller in 2015, despite growing concerns these medicines are promoting widespread addiction and overdose deaths, a new federal study shows.

    Nearly 92 million U.S. adults, or about 38 percent of the population, took a legitimately prescribed opioid like OxyContin or Percocet in 2015, according to results from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

    «The proportion of adults who receive these medications in any year seemed startling to me,» said study co-author Dr. Wilson Compton, deputy director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    Politsturm: America has a serious public health problem with the abuse of prescription medication. One area that is often left out of the discussion of this important problem is the production and distribution of opioids. OxyContin and Percocet are manufactured by Purdue Pharma LP and Endo Pharmaceuticals, respectfully. Purdue is a limited partnership that has made the founders billionaires. Endo Pharmaceuticals is a publicly traded stock whose executives earn millions of dollars primarily of the production and distribution of opioids.

    The irrational capitalist economic system rewards the individuals who are contributing to the opioid problem. Private individuals are profiting off the misery and grief of the larger population. Capitalism alienates and exploits the mass of working people by extracting a profit in production. It then adds insult to injury by selling ever increasing quantities of these drugs to the immiserated and most vulnerable people. The fact that these drugs can be detrimental and addictive, as is the case with opioids, is of no concern to the capitalist. The capitalist system has no way of escaping the ever increasing contradictions of its own design. At one end there is the worker who just would like relief from daily suffering. At the other end is the capitalist who is the beneficiary and enjoys the suffering of the worker, for it makes him rich. The “opioid crisis” is the as insane as the capitalist system under which it emerges.
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    I think we need to rethink drugs. Some people really need opioids for chronic pain. The current opioid crisis makes them the subject of suspicion by hospitals and many doctors have started refusing to prescribe them.

    I think it’s more the case that capitalist alienation, inequality and social isolation are the primary drivers of the harmful effects associated with addiction. Addiction is so consuming because drugs, shopping, gambling etc make you feel connected, or important, or make you not care about a meaningless life in an isolated society that treats you like a disposable cog.

    When I was younger all the just say no propaganda was largely based on a study that became a handy anecdote for police and teachers and politicians. The study was that lab-rats were given two levers: one with food and one with an opioid. Eventually the rats would starve themselves, preferring the drugs over food.

    The anecdote for liberals was interpreted as drug users become “sick people” instantly (depending on the type of drug... 1x for crack or smack, a few times for coke etc ) who needed treatment. For conservatives it was interpreted in much the same way except that users were lost causes who’d only respond to tough love.

    But the thing about the study was that when it was recreated but the rats were put in large cages with other rats to interact with, they sometimes took the drug but continued to eat and act more or less normally. It was the small isolated cages that led rats to seek other kinds of stimulation and neglect food.

    Drug epidemics in the US hit urban areas when industry left the cities, Pacific Northwest as logging jobs left and the Midwest now for the same reason. Rich people do as much drugs - or more - than anyone else - the epidemic is capitalism, not the drug.
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    The fact that the sale of drugs that cause addiction, capitalists earn a lot of money. Even though it painkillers, such horrifying statistics shows(every third) that the medicines often used for other purposes. In fact, pharmaceutical сorporation earn a lot of money to drug addicts. It is immoral, but for capital there is nothing more important than profit. News about it. Rats nothing to do with.
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    Drug companies are immoral for lots of reasons that have nothing to do with chemically addicting drugs. People are priced out of necessary drugs, copyrights help maintain high prices at the expense of poor sick people etc. Health insurance is “immoral”.

    And rats have everything to do with it. Most people who have any surgery will be on opioids of some kind-for days or weeks-but not become an “addict.”

    How we even define addiction is soaked in capitalist circumstances - you can hold a job and be chemically addicted to coffee or coke (if you can afford the habit) but you have a problem if it’s a drug that is a barrier to the levels of production required by most bosses.

    The difference between using an opioid after surgery and using it to feel momentarily less isolated is that isolation is a more or less permanent feature of capitalist society. You might find different coping techniques, but you’ll never “heal” that.

    I think we need to de-fetishize drugs. Weed is fun but not a cure-all (sorry hippies). Opioids are powerful but not a curse-all. It’s all about the context in which drugs exist, not the chemicals alone.
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    My opinion - any drug, be it weed, alcohol, opioid analgesics(used as a drug) is not normal. When people voluntarily poison himself with poison is a bad thing. But under capitalism the rich make money and they don't care on people's health. You can think otherwise, your right
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    What about shopping or gambling addictions? What about alcohol? Gambling doesn’t destroy working class lives?

    I used to work in a liquor store and the gamblers were sadder and more strung out than some of the alcoholics.

    I’m not making an argument about preference or opinion. Addiction is huge in our society because people are drawn to things that take the edge off alienation.

    Anyone who sufferers chronic pain and takes opioids can probably tell you stories about how they are stigmatized by others and treated like addicts by hospital officials. Liberals and conservatives want to treat these issues like it’s just a chemical reaction, but it’s much more complex and not directly related to the social phenomena of addiction in our society which is driven by capitalist alienation and social isolation.
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    It is logical that the human body is prone to various addictions. But the fact of the matter is that the weaknesses of the body, on the thirst for pleasure, earn a lot of money capitalists, and they absolutely do not care if people poison themselves.
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    No need for opioids. Marijuana.
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    Yes, some people actually need opioids. Weed is good for a many useful and non-useful but fun reasons... but it’s not a cure-all.

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