DEA on adjusting quotas for opioids

DEA on adjusting quotas for opioids

In our series, Issues that Matter, we are focusing on the opioid crisis. According to the CDC, almost 400,000 Americans died from prescription and illicit opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2017. In 2017, more than 2.1 million Americans were addicted to opioids. This Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration is hosting National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, where you can turn in your unused and unwanted medications, no questions asked. Acting DEA Administrator Uttam Dhillon joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the initiative.

These people are so CLUELESS and what is bad is that apparently they don’t have a clue that they are CLUELESS… they are stating that it is “harmful for the environment” to flush unused meds down the toilet…

When a person takes a dose of a medication… it doesn’t magically “disappears” … it is metabolized in the body and some metabolites from the medication is excreted in the pt’s urine or feces… and guess where those go… 

People dumping excessive medication that is not taken … will not begin to move the needle on the parts per million or billion that is able to be measured in the water table or ground.

I wonder how the DEA determines the “correct amount” of opiates for all the 100 million chronic pain pts ?

 

5 Responses

  1. When I was able to work my business kept me to busy to follow politics
    The worse thing to happen to me besides getting injured,is I have to follow politics now,because it is directly affecting me.Besides being frustrated by whats going on,what really gets my goat is how inept these fools are in health. They have 50 agencies I guess to check each other and none of them have a clue on what they are doing. And I mean they have no clue! To read something like you just posted,really validates my point. Until we get someone who knows what the hell they are doing,this ship is gonna sink. We dont have a chance.

  2. And the few hospitals still willing to give real pain meds (as opposed to otc tylenol & advil) after surgery or serious injury are already experiencing shortages. If acute, short-term use causes instant addiction, wouldn’t everyone who has had surgery or been injured be addicts? That would mean damn near everyone in the country is an addict. Which is not the case at all. oh wait –I forgot they don’t give a damn about facts.

    There are some medicines that go down the commode that affect the environment –female hormones, for instance. There are quite a few fish populations downstream of cities that are disappearing because something like 90% are female. But nearly half the country takes hormones…I’m not seeing them screaming that half the country are addicts, & you know they’d scream that loud & long if it were even within shouting distance of being true.

  3. Argh! It would take a proctologist and a Mac truck, to get the heads of the clowns out into the light. And the DEA keeps claiming they are not involved in making medical decisions. So how does such a program avoid taking medication away from someone who’s a cheeseburger short of a Happy Meal? Are they going to provide medical guidance on whether such actions are medically advisable? Can they counsel someone on every type of risk involved? Will they simply say, hey, hang onto those meds if you not sure what you should do?

  4. I keep hearing in these “Drug Take-back Day” news releases, the phrase,”

    “No questions asked”.

    What questions would be asked?

    Who is doing the asking?

    Would HIPPIA laws apply at any rate?

    This is a health event. Will armed law enforcement teams be present?

    How many opioids are turned in?

    If opioids are diverted to the extent claimed, why are so many pills still in America’s medicine cabinet?

    Are most personnel involved in the event on overtime pay.

    How much is the nationwide event costing us?

    Are other countries doing this event also?

    Why is news media not asking pertinent questions?

    “No questions asked” … we must thank the block captain for this special courtesy. Perhaps the others will find a need for our unwanted medicine.

    No, I wasn’t born like this…

  5. Addiction means the drug was causing the person life to be worse , bad , unwanted bad effects. 2.1 million people have this??? How did they calculate that, impossible, they are lying. Most people who take the opioids do so to improve their lives. I would have lost my job a long time ago if I didn’t find a solution to my pain.

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