By Terri Lewis PhD.
When I realized that President Trump was giving an important speech on opioids, I sent Dr. Terri Lewis an email in Taiwan where she is working and asked if she could give me some reaction. Dr. Lewis is an important advocate for the chronic pain community who uses data to inform her point of view. In her response to the Trump speech, she used data/prior announcements and other public utterances to make her point that the speech—as even the anti-opioid community was saying- was lacking in details. Warning…there’s a lot of data to review!
(by the way, here’s the speech in case you didn’t see it.)
FLOTUS is great isn’t she? She has adopted this mission! (Finally, a PROJECT)
64,000 deaths last year, 175 deaths / day. Bigger than guns and car crashes – HUGE!
In 2016 1 mil people used heroin. The US was the biggest consumer. HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE!
We have to take care of addicted babies in West Virginia. FAMILIES RIPPED APART!
We can be the generation that ends the opiate epidemic. WE CAN DO IT!
I am declaring a NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY (for 90 days).
We will unlock treatment – VERY FAST MOBILIZATION!
Governor Chris Christi heads a Commission – he’s the BEST isn’t he?
Some kind of a report is coming with recommendations from Governor Christi and his terrific committee. We’ll have to wait and see what’s in it, but it will be the best report!
In the meantime, we’ll do the best with what we have for at least 90 days
CDC will train prescribing doctors who are federally employed – FABULOUS!
FDA will train prescribers and by gosh we will get rid of that EVIL OPANA
We’ll open up HIV money for use with treating opiates - that’s good for Indiana, RIGHT?
They had that awful outbreak with Opana and shooting up – spread HIV bigly.
If we just say no to needles then we don’t have a problem right? And that is what we just did. Needles are a gateway to opiates used for the wrong purpose so we have to get smart and say NO!
We will train MAIL CARRIERS how to intercept drugs.
DOJ will step up INTERDICTION of drug traffickers from CHINA. I will talk to President Xi about that.
We will sue companies that hurt us.
NIH will lead development of drug development and treatment (with the little bit of money that we have placed into their budgets).
AD campaign – JUST SAY NO – When children see that brain on drugs they will be so scared they will say NO – BEAUTIFUL!
My brother Fred was an alcoholic. He’d say to me DON’T DRINK! He SCARED ME STRAIGHT! I learned not to drink or smoke because he was a nice looking, educated man and it ruined him. I didn’t want to get ruined, so I learned to just say NO!
I learned it. You can learn it too.
If we teach our kids to JUST SAY NO, we don’t have to spend money on addiction services.
GREAT ADVERTISING! If we just build the right ad campaign, and the pictures are scary enough, the PROBLEM IS SOLVED, RIGHT?
Health and Human Services will lead pain management treatment across government.
The Veterans Administration has done such a great job for Veterans by REDUCING THEIR ACCESS TO CARE. Thanks Secretary Shulkin! You’re doing a GREAT JOB for our VETERANS! (the invisible suicide rate for veterans is now more than 20 veterans/day).
Drug use is a NATIONAL SHAME (code for I FEEL STIGMATIZED)
We will BUILD A WALL so immigrants can’t bring drugs into our country through the southern border.
We will enforce the laws, break up gangs, confront reality RIGHT SMACK IN THE FACE (except guns…because NRA).
We will make treatment available to those in PRISON, add DRUG COURTS! Focus on DRUG DEMAND and reduce DESIRE. DRUGS ARE BAD!!
When drug use is invisible to us, we don’t have to spend more money right?
We don’t need more money because we have GUARDIAN ANGELS!
LOVE CURES ALL ILLS and LOVE is free right?
Everything old is NEW again