Once again the medical community loses another round in the opioid crisis. Two and a half years ago I wrote about this in “Can Food Compete with Pills?” You may recall this line, “Fully 25% of Oregon’s four million residents take prescription opioids.” Since then the problem has gotten worse.
Some people believe the opioid epidemic was caused in part because in the 1990s the pharmaceutical industry assured the government that prescription opioids were safe. Now it’s estimated that in 2017 there were more than 66,000 overdose deaths. And wouldn’t you know it, paradoxically, with all these pain killers people may be living with even more pain than ever.