Understanding and Fixing the Opioid Addiction

by | May 25, 2022 | ,

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Opioid addiction and the increasing number of overdoses have finally caught the public’s attention. Some 107,000 people died of overdoses in 2021. About two-thirds of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl, which is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in 2021, fentanyl killed more Americans than guns and traffic crashes combined. 

How did this happen? Management of non-cancer pain went through a slow evolution starting in 1980. Then we had “pain as the 5th vital sign” — adding to the standard heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and blood pressure. We were told the new breed of opioids were “safe and effective” (just like the Covid vaccines). 

Then physicians gave all the pain meds the patient said they needed based on some 1 to 10 smiley and frowny faces. Of course, we might have done a better job by just talking with the patient — seeing the patient as a whole. The patient may be someone who lost their job, whose dog just died, or who is miserable in their love life. 

The next thing you know, patients got addicted, and we were told to cut back on the pain meds. Some states even had specific laws capping the number of pain meds a patient could legally obtain. Then patients got drugs on the street. The drugs were laced with the faster-acting and more powerful fentanyl, a narcotic legitimately used as an anesthetic in hospital settings. Fentanyl was cheap (like other things from China) and flowed freely across the Mexican border. Then the patients (and other opioid users) started to die from overdoses. What comes next?

Dr. Molly Rutherford is the founder, medical director, and physician at Bluegrass Family Wellness — a direct primary care clinic in Kentucky. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, and employs a holistic approach to her patients’ physical health. She has more than a decade of experience treating opioid addiction. 


Join us weekdays at 5 pm ET and the encore at 10 pm ET on America Out Loud Talk Radio. Listen on iHeart Radio, our world-class media player, or our free apps on AppleAndroid, or Alexa.

Monday’s with Dr. Marilyn Singleton, Tuesday’s with Dr. Jordan Vaughn and Dr. Stewart Tankersley, Wednesday’s with Dr. Peter McCullough and Malcolm Out Loud, Thursday’s with Dr. Peter Breggin and Ginger Ross Breggin, Friday’s with Dr. James Lyons-Weiler. Discover all the episodes on podcast networks, i.e., Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Tunein, Stitcher, iHeart. You’ll find them the day after they air on talk radio, available on podcast. Extraordinary voices for extraordinary times.

AMERICA OUT LOUD PODCAST NETWORK
AMERICA OUT LOUD PODCAST NETWORK

America Out Loud is the premier news network with a diverse array of talk shows that inform and inspire. A daily resource for smart people.

Dr. Marilyn M. Singleton

Dr. Singleton is a board-certified anesthesiologist and past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. She graduated from Stanford and earned her MD at UCSF Medical School. Dr. Singleton completed 2 years of Surgery residency at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, and her Anesthesia residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital. She was on the faculty at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, before returning to California for private practice. While still working in the operating room, she attended UC Berkeley Law School, focusing on constitutional and administrative law. She interned at the National Health Law Project, and practiced insurance and health law.

Dr. Singleton has published numerous articles, given presentations on health policy, and had many radio and television appearances, and a monthly radio show, Health Freedom Now. She started a blood pressure screening clinic at her church and make-shift clinics in two rural villages in El Salvador. Dr. Singleton ran for Congress in 2012 with a message of personal freedom and limited government.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is for educational, general information, and entertainment purposes only and is never intended to constitute medical or legal advice or to replace the personalized care of a primary care practitioner or legal expert.

While we endeavor to keep this information up to date and correct, the information provided by America Out Loud, its website(s), and any properties (including its radio shows and podcasts) makes no representations, or warranties of any kind, expressed, or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to its website(s) or the information, products, services or related graphics and images contained on the website(s) for any purpose.

The opinions expressed on the website(s), and the opinions expressed on the radio shows and podcasts, are the opinions of the show hosts and do not necessarily represent the opinions, beliefs, or policies of anyone or any entity we may endorse. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

At no time, nor in any event, will we be liable for any loss, or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss of data or profits arising out of, in an association of, or connection with the use of this website.

Through this website, users can link to other websites that may be listed. Those websites are not under the control of America Out Loud or its brands. We have no control over the nature, content, or availability of those sites. America Out Loud has no control over what the sites do with the information they collect. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation, nor does it endorse the views expressed with or by them.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, America Out Loud takes no responsibility for, nor are we, and will not be liable for being temporarily unavailable due to technical difficulties beyond our control. America Out Loud does not sell, trade, nor market email addresses or other personal data.

The Red-Green Alliance To Destroy America

The Red-Green Alliance To Destroy America

The National Security Hour with Mary Fanning – Seemingly flipping banking and capitalism on its head, Mohamed El-Erian shockingly declared during a March 13, 2023 interview on CNBC’s Squawkbox regarding the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, “Well, we’ve changed the system. I think Roger Altman was absolutely correct…

Bad Behavior Is Costing American Lives

Bad Behavior Is Costing American Lives

The Ladies of Liberty Sound Off – Those we look to trust, like Dr. Fauci, the WHO, the media, the legal system, and our educators. It is a pandemic of bad behavior, and Americans don’t know who to trust, who to believe, and who to cast their votes for. It seems no one is held accountable for committing crimes, for crossing our…

Becoming VAERS Aware

Becoming VAERS Aware

Nurses Out Loud with Kimberly Overton, BSN, RN – In less than a year following the initial rollout, there had been more reported deaths in injuries from the COVID shots than from all of the vaccines on the CDC schedule combined over the past 30 years. What is even more frightening about this is the fact that there has been a multitude of…

From Ukraine to Zombie Drugs, America Needs Answers

From Ukraine to Zombie Drugs, America Needs Answers

Chasing Justice with Lt. Joe Pangaro – Should America finance a proxy war with Russia or jump in with both feet to prevent the next world war? Does history offer us any insight into the choices we should make? We must address this as a nation before the choice is made for us. Lt Joe then takes us on a tour of the country and what’s going on culturally…

China’s Cognitive War Against America

China’s Cognitive War Against America

The National Security Hour with Edward Haugland – Dr. Li-Meng Yan gives us her first-hand and personal perspectives, experiences, and reasons why she exposed the Chinese Community Party’s cover-up of the China Flu (Covid-19), and her insights into this ongoing Cognitive War and what we must do in America to fight back…

How Desensitized Have We Become to Government Corruption?

How Desensitized Have We Become to Government Corruption?

Nurses Out Loud with Beth Hnat, RN – The constant efforts to ensnare President Trump have come with relentless force while simultaneously ignoring the blatant corruption on the left. We seem to be so ingrained in the left/right, Republican/Democrat paradigm that we are failing to take a step back and examine corruption as a whole, independent of party…

Big Tech News Payment Proposed

Big Tech News Payment Proposed

America Emboldened with Greg Boulden – California introduced a bill asking social media companies to pay newspapers and journalists whenever they place an advertisement alongside the post. The concept behind this has already been trialed in Australia and Canada, both with disastrous results. The press became more censored, with…

A Tale of Two Presidents

A Tale of Two Presidents

The Frankly Daniel Show with Daniel Baranowski – You and I have gone through what Charles Dickens said in his novel, “A Tale of Two Cities.” And we have gone through it in just the last six years. I cannot remember a more sweeping change in our national psyche than we have experienced in the past six years. Call it, if you will, A Tale of Two Presidents…

Voluntarily Walking onto the Government Slave Ship

Voluntarily Walking onto the Government Slave Ship

The Constitution Study with Host Paul Engel – Look at how many people are waiting for the federal government to do something for them. I have examples from East Palestine, Ohio, to depositors at SVB, from student loan holders to social security recipients, not to mention all of those who locked down, masked up, and shot up, waiting for the…

The Importance of Male Figures in the Family

The Importance of Male Figures in the Family

After Dark with Hosts Rob & Andrew – The destruction of the family by the left has resulted in high crime and violence. It has destabilized neighborhoods, schools, social clubs and jobs, and homes. No part of society has been left untouched by the left’s family destruction. It is all by design to eradicate the male presence from the family and then…

America Out Loud 6 years

Celebrating 7 incredible years working to restore liberty and justice to our beloved America.

Your Source for Free Speech, Talk Radio, Podcasts, and News.

Here we take on the challenges of our generation so that we can preserve future generations.

iHeartRadio

The APPS are free; the mission is priceless!

Free APP

Podcast Networks

Apple Podcasts
Google Podcasts
Spotify
Pandora
Tunein
iHeart
Stitcher

Subscribe and Listen on Your Favorite APP

Our Columnists and Show Hosts

Bookstore

Apple Podcasts

Click for the full bookstore.

Truth For Health

Apple Podcasts

COVID Solution Summit

Apple Podcasts

Evacuating Americans & fully-vetted Afghan's at Risk - Help Us!

Apple Podcasts

Empowering and mentoring conservative trailblazers from Generation Z to win!

Apple Podcasts

Turning Point Action is Recruiting Precinct Chairs - Become a Grassroots Warrior Today!

Apple Podcasts

URGENT - KEEP NINE
Please join us to protect the Supreme Court:
Sign the Petition!

Apple Podcasts

The LATINO USA EXIT from the Democrat Party, click for details...

Apple Podcasts

Fighting corporate censorship and ensuring voter integrity...

Apple Podcasts

Support wounded and fallen police officers. The Wounded Blue.

Wounded Blue
Share via
Copy link