Quote Originally Posted by Phil in Absentia View Post
Odd how all the other developed nations with universal healthcare problems don't have nearly the opioid crisis we do.

http://theconversation.com/what-the-...d-crisis-97491
I don't know why this is the article that you linked...it shows that, given more access to painkillers, the US would use them more. “We have nearly 250 million prescriptions for opioids written every year. That’s enough for every person in America to have a bottle of pills and then some" and most addictions begin with a prescription This article also fails to show anything about how nationalized healthcare would solve the opioid crisis, it does the opposite. It also doesn't show that the crisis is considerably worse in the US...the difference between 47,000 and 34,000 per million is, what 1%?

Really the only way to stop the opioid crisis is to stop prescribing them, which is directly enabled by the US govt, specifically the ACA, and would be made worse with universal care. You can provide all the naloxone and buprenorphine you want, but they don't get to the root cause, which is Americans going to the doctor for generic pain and receiving opioids.