Link included to show the CDC is not differentiating prescription versus illicit opioids
I am sorry for the recent surge in posts that I have been posting here, but I honestly believe that this is an issue that most people are aware of, yet have no clue about the facts. When the average person hears "opioid epidemic", most of them assume that prescription pain killers are to blame. This simply is not the case. What is worse, the CDC and DEA, as I've mentioned before, seem to be creating a smoke screen when mentioning this "epidemic" by being far less than transparent with their reporting.
Yes, an opiate is an opiate, but there are different classifications. Just as "a car is a car" is technically a true statement, it leaves out the fact that within that statement, "a car is a car", there exists thousands of different models and makes of cars. So, take a look at this link to the cdc, paying close attention to the first paragraph. Our government literally lumps H in alongside prescription painkillers. Ridiculous.
* a less recent publication from the CDC states the following: "
Over 47,000 deaths last year, mostly due to opioid pain relievers and [filtered word]
That is a direct quote. I have a severe problem with the fact that they throw opioid pain relievers in with [filtered word]. While both are opiates, only one of them is manufactured in a controlled laboratory environment, where the ingredients are known and must be followed. I understand people wil still overdose on pain medication, but I doubt those OD'ing on pain medicine have the same mortality rate as those who stick a needle in their arm, unsure of what their street product may actually contain.
To the CDC & DEA, in the event you are reading this: Be more transparent, and seperate prescription opioid deaths from H overdose deaths. There seems to be more of a scare tactic going on within your organization, and quite frankly, it feels like the government is misinforming us when they fail to state whether a legitimate prescription was the cause of death, or H caused the death. Scare tactics only work for so long before they backfire, and people begin to trust absolutely nothing you say.