Its taking huge shifts in American policy, that are affecting the way the nation deals with this epidemic, which takes a lot of social scientists and economists’ attention out of their work…
TODAY: A small group of prominent economists are taking a big gamble on what to do about these crises and what to do about the opioid crisis. While I believe that youthe rest of usshould put your own money where your mouth is and start asking questions. These are the guys who are taking large cash actions around the country where they’re trying to understand what’s going on, what they’re doing. You’ll see what these guys are doing, they’re figuring out what’s worked out for them within their own companies in a different way that would affect the way their policies are made by companies. So I think for both ends of the spectrum, which should be at the top of your list, should be a place where you begin asking questions and focusing on issues right now, because this is a huge problem.
I will also say that as soon as we look at how we move forward, it will start really impacting people as well as governments, as far as policy makers and health professionals. The money that Americans make is being spent by different types of corporations, more or less randomly, by governments or other people and by corporations, and now the big corporate corporations are taking a very big role in shaping that. Now what we have here, what we have in Colorado, where the state of Colorado has the best evidence of a causal link between the opioid crisis and a very low prescription rate.
So this just demonstrates to me the importance of a lot of money being created outside of our nation’s own government in this country. If we go and get people to pay that much for drug care, for education and for medical care, we’re gonna see this epidemic really spread out across this country, and it’s not limited by the availability of opioid medications. There are other benefits and you can make that kind of money within the system.
So people need to use money, and their problems aren’t necessarily with government officials getting money or getting money in the form of subsidies. The problem is not that these problems that they have are caused by governments. The problem that they are caused by pharmaceutical companies and other people. You’ll see how these problems are spread throughout our government. There are other companies that are benefiting enormously from what has resulted from this drug crisis, and I’m not talking about Pfizer or any other. They have a lot of responsibility and they ought to have had the opportunity to get funding here that would provide them with the support that we need to deal with this. But if we don’t do that the numbers will continue to soar.
The first thing about this is that for five years now the U.S. has been the lead country in the world for providing some of the most accessible treatment to people in need in the United States, and I think that will continue to do so. We’ve been able to change the ways that we give a voice to people, to show people compassion, to show people that this drug problem is not a government problem and this crisis is not something that’s some sort of aberration that’s going to roll over into something else.
I think what we stand against this epidemic is the kind of drug companies that are making this money, that are making money off of this and giving a great deal of money to the people that have the privilege of accessing that treatment. I think this has been done many times already in places like the United States who have made massive investments… a lot of money in developing new treatment for these drug companies when it comes to this problem.
Here’s our approach: We want to provide people with affordable, affordable, safe, low-cost, available pharmaceutical care. There is a huge, global prescription market for heroin and other opioids, and drug companies do very well when there’s a premium for that price. But they make money off of this. They’re taking up a lot of capital right now and they’re in a huge financial situation where if this epidemic stops, they’re laying off thousands of people. They have high deductibles, they have long-lasting hospital bills. They’re struggling to make ends meet because they can’t afford to pay their rent. They have an acute mental illness as an opioid dependency.
We could go on and on and on and on and on but this cannot just be a front-burner issue. This needs to be addressed and brought in for attention. There are millions of poor Americans who can’t afford that expensive medicine but we also need to get other places, at this point in time, where they’re going to have alternatives and they have access to high-quality medications.
So we are talking about a solution. Now if anyone is to talk about the answer to solving the opioid overdose epidemic, it, they’ve got to take a big, big, long-term money-saving group of leadership initiative, to go to action.