(This post needs updating due to error with mobile editing app. I’m getting a new computer soon and will re-edit this and other posts.)
What we need to do is focus on is writing legislation that supports making a comprehensive public health care system that enables all people access to primary care specialists along with a focus on preventive healthcare. If Dr’s that specialize in Pain Medicine were able to do the jobs they need to without fear of being targeted by the DEA, we would see a decline in overdose deaths and illegal opioid use.
We need a healthcare system with an emphasis on Preventive Medicine that increases exercise programs and a standardized, holistic approach including education and free classes on nutrition. Complementary healing modalities should be available to everyone and readily recommended by Doctors as a part of every day treatment plans for their patients to increase healing and prevent long term chronic health issues.
In the United States, professional athletes have access to the most expensive treatment options including that are alternative AND complementary.
For example, football teams like the 49ers, basketball teams like The Lakers to the US Women’s Women’s Soccer League have unlimited access to electrical acupuncture that can drastically shorten the time a bone needs to fully heal from a break. They also have access to Hyperbaric Oxygen that greatly helps with Traumatic Brain Injuries and general soft tissue and muscle pulls, injuries and general physical wear and tear affects of playing a sport professionally.
These types of expensive, non opioid, truly regenerative medical healing technologies are also available to those in a higher than the average socio economic income. People with enough money can afford the enormous privilege and luxury of having the money to pay foe these highly effective recovery and healing options that insurance companies refuse to pay for.
The ACA did improve the access to insurance companies covering Acupuncture but having private insurance it’s still for those who are above poverty lines, who are a part of the middle class. Then, there is thant include single mothers, disabled people who have access to State Medicaid healthcare.
This highlights just a fragment of how and why the “Opioid Epidemic” is such a complicated issue that is inextricably entwined with race, gender and socio economical status.