@Gabbyhobbs The government has in my option done little, at least federally, to combat the situation. While there has been some talk of funding the current healthcare climate is not geared towards treatment. While the DEA has done things like shut down pill mills, and while new regulations are being put into place to curb how much and how little a doctor can prescribe opioids treatment has not necessarily been a focus. The pharmaceutical companies that have produced and pushed the pills are not being held accountable.
Right now those companies spend more money that the NRA lobbying. The fact that the majors in cities in States like West Virginia have had to sue those pharmaceutical companies says a lot about the current situation.
The goods news is that there are States like Vermont and New Hampshire that are putting measures in place to fight this. Still the fact that families are going bankrupt to try to save loved ones is horrible.
And what is the govt doing to address it?
I know it does. I have been trying to look into both regions. I know that Alabama has a huge percentage of doctors prescribing opioids, but that lack of data is troubling.
I'm trying to wrap my brain around the CDC data they presented on that link. Why has the entire West Coast not had a statistically significant increase in opioid overdoses, along with the small swath in the South. This definitely merits further investigation!
Seriously disturbing these facts...