Heroin an urgent 'public health crisis' in U.S.

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    edbardoe

    The Obama administration is effectively doubling the number of lower income Americans eligible for Medicaid coverage. The prescription drug overdose level will likely double right along with that increase.

  • 2

    JeffLee

    "The prescription drug overdose level will likely double right along with that increase."

    "Likely"? So you don't actually know, do you.

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    boweevil

    "Critics say that making the antidote too accessible could encourage drug use..."

    It is highly doubtful that users in search of a recreational high are going to do so because of the added 'assurance' of an antidote. That is simply not typical behavior. And when it comes to heavily dependent addicts, they could care less when it comes to getting their next fix. A child or a toddler however, who has stumbled on their parent's supply of prescription opiates could have their lives saved by the availability of Narcan.

    The idea of witholding any potentially life saving drug is about as ill advised as making contraceptives unavailable to teenagers in a bid to curb sexual activity.

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    Ranger_Miffy2

    Given all the grief in the world that America is responsible for, turning to heroin for relief is no surprise.

  • -1

    kaimycahl

    @ Ranger_Miffy2

    Don't hate the key players hate the game, learn it and live it!

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    Novenachama

    Drugs are essentially poison and medicines are drugs. Sometimes they are necessary because it does change something about the way your body is working to try to make it work better. However they are still drugs. Whether they act as stimulants or sedatives, too much can kill you. So if you do not use medicines as they are suppose to be used, they can be dangerous as illegal drugs. I believe people take drugs because they want to change something in their lives. Whether it is to fit in, escape or relax, relieve boredom, to seem grown up or rebel, experiment etc. Unfortunately they think drugs are a solution. But eventually the drug use becomes the problem. Difficult as it may be to face one's problem, the consequences of drug use are always worse than the problem one is trying to solve with them. The real answer is to get the facts and not take the drugs in the first place. Knowledge is potential power.

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    JeffLee

    "Often they don't think of it as a drug, because it is legal,"

    No, the main reason is that tastes so goddamn good. Fine wines, whiskies, etc are part of gastronomic cultures throughout the world. No one purchases fine wine to get high. Heroin, etc. and in a wholly different category and should be made illegal.

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    John Occupythemoon Daly

    No one purchases fine wine to get high. Heroin, etc. and in a wholly different category and should be made illegal.

    Heroin is illegal, very illegal. I'm surprised by this though… heroin, really? I thought that went out of style a long time ago. I've seen a woman on heroin once, and it scared the life out of me. This is a hell of a drug, and it's really, really scary to hear it's making a comeback.

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