opiates blowing up so big was partly due to how well drug enforcement agencies and the media managed to stigmatize and suppress harder drugs like meth and crack. the suburban kids i grew up with who did pain meds wouldn't dare try crack or meth because those things are for poor rednecks and black people. they didn't have the connections to get either of those either. which is pretty sad since both of those addictions are less deadly. my friends james cook and brian gannon would still be alive if they had gotten into meth instead of opiates.
uziq wrote:and now you have fentanyl too to step up the opiates game.
america's approach to pill popping looks very weird to us in europe, i think. even a few years ago, when you had a big underground drug culture around recreational painkiller abuse. who the fuck abuses painkillers? that is no one's idea of a good high. these things are massively over-prescribed and people are getting hooked. same shit with the casual use of benzos.
it's not as much of a public health issue but obviously the carousel of anti-depressants/anti-psychotics are a big background noise, too. 20 years ago you guys were a prozac nation. things like ritalin/adderal are massively over-prescribed to young children.
private healthcare is a nightmare in this respect.
there are a lot of doctors out there who don't care what they proscribe either. i walked into a doctors office at the age of 21 and complained about having trouble sleeping and got myself a 30 day supply of ambien no questions asked or even a follow up date by an immigrant doctor.