“It was a drugs cabinet that obtained him began and peer strain that stored him on it,” Sen. Johnny Isakson stated of his late step-grandson.
Isakson, a Georgia Republican, was telling a Senate hearing on pain management and the opioid crisis how his step-grandson had been addicted to opioids and died from an overdose.
The demise toll for opioid overdoses rose from eight,048 in 1999 to 47,600 in 2017. That yr, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public well being emergency, and recent attention from scientists and laws from Congress has curbed the over-prescription of opioids.
But Cindy Steinberg, who has had persistent ache for 18 years and leads a continual ache help group, stated that america is dealing with two separate public well being challenges: persistent pain and opioid abuse.
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Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Well being, Schooling, Labor, and Pensions thought-about the plight of people suffering from continual ache who’ve struggled to access remedy because the crackdown on opioids.
However Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, was not optimistic Congress might do far more in the intervening time.
He stated the committee often prefers to go away prescribing tips to states,…