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Do you want to stop fentanyl addiction in America? Focus on the demand, not the supply.
By Curt_Anderson
February 23, 2023 5:33 pm
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(NPR)House Speaker Kevin McCarthy traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border last week and called for more aggressive measures to stop [fentanyl] traffickers.

"You cannot tell us this border is secure when now there's enough fentanyl in this country to kill every single American more than 20 times over," the California Republican said. "This has all got to change. That's our commitment and that's what we'll make happen."

Republicans first politicized the fentanyl crisis during the midterms last November, falsely linking drug smuggling with undocumented migrants (the vast majority of fentanyl is smuggled by cartels through official ports of entry, hidden in cars and tractor-trailers).

Now Democrats, too, are calling on the Biden administration to do more to pressure Mexican officials to crack down on the cartels.

But drug policy experts interviewed by NPR say these ideas pressuring Mexico, further securing the border and defeating the cartels are unlikely to succeed.

One flaw in the U.S. strategy, experts say, is that the Mexican government is simply too weak to take on the cartels no matter how much diplomatic pressure Washington applies.

So we have to go on the demand side, work on all the things with education, work on treatment, work on prevention."

Most drug policy experts agree the public health model is a more promising way to save lives.




I would add that pressure needs to put on doctors and surgeons insisting that they dispense fentanyl very sparingly and judiciously. I was given a prescription for fentanyl after a recent surgery. I never had the prescription filled. The first day or so was uncomfortable, but I toughed it out with a couple of Tylenol. --CA

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  1. by oldedude on February 23, 2023 6:53 pm
    Fentenyl is a Schedule II drug. It does have medical reasons. It takes a doctor with a specific license to prescribe the drug. Each pill is accounted for. From leaving the factory or arriving in the states (it could be in China by the way) to the user. ALL those receiving prescriptions are in a national database that pharmacies have access to. So if I get an Rx filled in Nashville, then go to my local pharmacy at home, they shouldn't give it to me without another doctor's orders.

    Given that. How would you do it?

    This is coming in as heroin, oxy, and a dozen other pills. It's lacing Mexican weed. It's just got a bunch of punch to it, ergo the deaths.

    But you didn't even care about the cop who was wearing all the appropriate PPE and still was hit with it. So honestly, your view on the drug crisis is a moot point to me.


  2. by oldedude on February 23, 2023 6:56 pm
    Sorry, Schedule I controlled substance.

    "In 2018, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) temporarily classified fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I under the Controlled Substances Act, based on their chemical structure, designating them illicit drugs with high abuse potential and no medical use."


  3. by Curt_Anderson on February 23, 2023 7:34 pm
    OD,
    It's a known fact that those addicted to fentanyl and other opioids often become addicted as a result of a doctor's prescription. Too many people today have too little tolerance for pain. I consider some pain a good thing as it reminds a person to favor and accommodate an injury until it heals.

    All schedule II drugs have some legitimate medical uses, but they also have a high potential for both abuse and addiction...which is why doctors are key to solving the problem. It's half an excuse if a person becomes addicted as result of a prescription. I cannot imagine what a person is thinking if their first experience with fentanyl is an illicit one. So maybe a public health information program would help. Maybe people seeing their friends drop dead in alleys will cause some people to think twice before becoming addicted.
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  4. by oldedude on February 24, 2023 7:51 am
    It's a known fact that those addicted to fentanyl and other opioids often become addicted as a result of a doctor's prescription. Too many people today have too little tolerance for pain. I consider some pain a good thing as it reminds a person to favor and accommodate an injury until it heals.

    That is ONE of the avenues. The issue in that case is the doctor shopping.

    MOST of the larger issue is that opioids are started via illegal sources. Portland, for example it's okay to shoot up. WTF do you think the drug dealers go? You're just too naive for the conversation.

    You still haven't entertained the child sex trafficking, which to me is even more appalling- but okay with you.


  5. by oldedude on February 24, 2023 3:57 pm
    Curt- through all of this, it would be wonderful if we could focus on demand and kill this. I have never heard anyone or any idea that can do that.

    You had one idea, AND many people (the prior two Presidents at least) changed many laws regarding dispensing opioids. Right now, the people that need them have a hard time getting them. I have "some" problem with that. AND there are crooked doctors. So there's that. So I understand your cites. I've seen them for years and actually helped bust dirty doctors.

    But that actually has little to do with fentanyl per se.

    There are two groups that have really been hit and aren't addressed here. They're hard to address because we're maybe too politically correct to address it. Mexico did a video of Philly and the

    1. The junkie on the street. Junkies are junkies because they (literally) love the drug. Because of the way opioids work, it releases the same drugs your brain produces if you're loved. They'll never get over that before they die.

    2. A casual user that "thinks" they bought something else. Every once in awhile, the raves hit on some "pills" "assumed" to be MDMA that are not fentanyl is too cheap for it not to replace many other drugs. The participants buy the "X" and take them like they would at any other rave. They die from overdoses. One of the bad things about this is that it's hard to tell if someone is rolling or fading if you're rolling yourself.
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