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Fighting opioid epidemic

Mr. Trump wants the death penalty for “drug dealers.” Who are the biggest “drug dealers” in this country? The drug manufacturers; the medical field (including dentistry) who indiscriminately prescribe opioids; and the advertisers on TV and in print.

Therefore, if we execute all those “drug pushers” who are responsible for this “epidemic,” there will be a greater shortage of people in the medical field (not good); a drop in the number of drug manufacturers (okay); and the media will lose advertising money (too bad).

Those who prescribe medication have a responsibility to beware of the side effects of any medication and encourage people to report side effects. This did not happen for us after minor arthroscopic surgery.

A prescription for hydrocodone, Oxycontin, and “potentiator” was given. Nothing was discussed about this “cocktail” of opioids and the dangers of addiction. We chose not to take any of them. Over-the-counter pain medication was sufficient.

Every patient must check the side effects of all prescriptions. Thanks to the internet, this information is readily available. Educate yourself about your body. Insist that your medical care partners listen and make changes as needed.

That’s how we fight this “epidemic.”

Marilyn and Dan Vollmer

Spokane Valley


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