Last week, President Trump declared that opioid addiction is a national emergency and promised to alleviate the scourge of drug abuse that is ruining so many lives across the country. But you may be surprised to learn, or maybe not, that our political leaders are trying to solve the wrong problem.
In recent years, local, state and federal regulators have actually severely restricted access to opioids. This puritanical approach to drug policy has yielded a number of unintended consequences, the worst of which has been to deny pain medication to Americans diagnosed with serious diseases who really need it.
Today, Dr. Josh Bloom joins me to discuss the real opioid crisis in the United States: a cadre of opportunistic politicians and misguided drug warriors who are using a real but exaggerated drug abuse problem to prevent doctors from deciding what kind of health care they give to their patients.
Josh Bloom is the Senior Director of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the American Council on Science and Health. He earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Virginia and is the author of 35 peer-reviewed papers. His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Post, among many other publications.
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