It is not even news that the pharmaceutical companies selling opioid painkillers were successful in suborning physicians with prescription pads and DEA licenses to give opioids to a far larger group of people than needed them. They also corrupted the DEA to the point that the agency only recently ordered drug manufacturers to produce fewer pills, patches, and injectables. This after a decade in which the DEA set higher production limits. What better way to justify drug law enforcement budgets than to produce more addicts?
Perhaps this retrospective study of trauma using military databases is not repetitious of earlier studies, but I doubt even that. The much more common use of opioids for severe pain resulting from accidents, metastatic cancers, and surgery without resultant addiction is very well known for decades.
For their work, the team looked at trauma cases reported in a military database from 2007 through 2016 with roughly 15,000 individuals. They followed patients who had severe injuries (scoring a nine or higher on a scale of one to 15), and required some form of pain management for a year. Although about half were prescribed opioids after leaving the hospital, only about 9% continued taking them after six months; that figure dropped to 1.1% after a year.
The patients who need opioids the most don’t seem to become addicted
Katherine Ellen Foley, qz.com
I use the word suborn because the institutional corruption of which I write is a crime, albeit one that is largely unpunished.