Shame of the US medical profession

The opioid overdose hecatomb

Dalrymple writes:

More than twice as many Americans have died of opioid overdoses as have been killed in all US military actions combined since the Second World War. Opioid overdose is the leading cause of death of those under 50 in the US.

He points out that this

reflects extremely poorly on at least a portion of the American medical profession. 60% of deaths by overdose involve prescription drugs, and more than four-fifths of heroin addicts begin their career as addicts with prescription drugs. When one considers that, in the great majority of cases, there was no proper medical indication to prescribe these drugs, the medical profession’s responsibility in the production of this hecatomb is clear: and yet, even now, more of these drugs than ever before are being prescribed.

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