Take No More

I’m writing this with a heavy heart. Is it to soon? Probably, so I will stay general in my thoughts. We, my circle of friends, have had to deal with the loss, and near loss, of loved ones WAY too many times in the past several years….due to drugs, alcohol and/or depression. I believe they are intertwined more often than not….and frankly, I’m tired of just talking about how bad it is. I’m ready to do something about it. #NotJustTalk #Action

We live in a society where it has become to entirety to easy to walk into a pain management office, complain of a “horrible back ache’, and get a Rx of 30 hydrocodone’s. Or, has this happened to you…? Get discharged for a minor surgery and get the standard 15-30 day supply of some sort of Opioid?  Now that I think about it, it seems almost EVERYONE I know is on SOME sort of brain altering medication. Adderall, Prozac…even meds to kids. It is estimated that 6.1 million children have ADHD, from a 2017 study, up from 4.4 in 2003. And these numbers keep climbing. Why? Maybe because we just keep pumping them with meds, year after year,  instead of treating the root cause? Is this leading to more issues as adults? I’m no Doctor…FAR from it. But, damn. 1-drug abuse is UP. 2-Addiction in general is UP 3-Mental Health issues are UP 4-Nearly 2 of 3 children with current ADHD has at least one other mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder.  Why can’t we, as a society, and medical community, connect the dots and do something other than just pump more meds? Could we be turning our children into chemically dependent adults? I don’t have all the answers. I wish I could wave a wand and make pain, depression and addiction go away.

Now, before the comments start; I KNOW there are medical professionals in the world that do NOT over prescribe, that stay true to their oath. I am dear friends with several. But, on the other end…there are some that only see green—dollar bills. Those are the providers that are featured on Dateline NBC documentaries that when called, ‘decline to comment’. The ones that have their parking lots packed to the max daily, cars with out of state plates….the ones that make you say….hmmmmm.

I am not without reality, in my blonde little head. There will always be issues with street drugs. But, with over prescribing, comes the ability to make meds available to dealers much easier. (on the web, selling Rx’s, selling pills, etc.) #Ifyoudontbelieveme #googleIt

Louisiana has the sixth-highest opioid pain-reliever prescribing rate in the country, according to IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics’ analysis of a yearlong period through June 30, 2016. It found that there were 102.3 opioid prescriptions for every 100 people, when counting new prescriptions and prescribed refills.” https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_ce89ac92-bf4b-11e8-bc2f-1f28ee7ca5ca.html

I mean really…. 102.3 per 100 people????? All I can say is WTF.

I don’t recall our parents or grandparents being on handfuls and handfuls of meds that we take these days! I am guilty too. Some days, give me ALL the Champagne and a Xanax. Well, shame on me! #NotHappeningAnyMore

The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Overdoses, fueled by opioids, are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old — killing roughly 64,000 people last year.

Opioids kill around 142 Americans on a daily basis. This means that, every three weeks, more Americans die by opioids abuse than died during the horrific September 11 attacks.

You want to make a difference?

Look in your medicine cabinet and self reflect.

Call your Senator and/or Representative and let them know you are TIRED of it.

Reach out to a friend that you think is STRONG and tell them you LOVE them.

Much Love & Prayers for my sweet friend and her family,

KP

 

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