Sentences to ponder

“I had a doctor who I greatly respect who said, ‘We thought the great problem with these drugs [opioids] is addiction. What we didn’t realize [was] that the people who take them would opt out of life.’ And you see it across the spectrum: One of the more startling things is in the area of workplace injuries; things like back strains are very common problems. But what folks have discovered is the more patients — workers — who are treated with these drugs for back strain, the longer and longer and longer they stay away from work. In fact, we’ve kind of created a legion of chronically unemployed people who are dependent on these drugs.”

Barry Meier on Fresh Air

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