Hundreds of people who reached out to Fox News through emails, and messages on social media, following the publication of a three-part series on the nation’s struggle to address its crippling opioid crisis caused mainly by illegal drugs, and the unintended victims – chronic pain sufferers who have relied on prescribed opioids for relief — left in its wake.
Doctors are opting to stop prescribing legal opioids – even to people who are left bedridden without them — as insurers, pharmacies, state medical boards and state and federal law enforcement authorities warn them about overstepping federal opioid prescribing guidelines (issued in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control) and the regulatory or third-party limits that followed on the number of pills and daily dosage they can give patients. Some have stopped prescribing opioids after being faced with losing their medical license or getting arrested.
The nation’s chief doctor wants more Americans to start carrying the overdose antidote naloxone to help combat the nation’s opioid crisis and save lives.
As the opioid epidemic grows worse, the call is growing louder for a serious look at a form of therapy that some people say helped them overcome their addiction when all else failed.