FDA’s Opioid Response Program: Who Knew They Had a Sense of Humor??

Let’s try an experiment.

You get paid every two weeks. If, by some miracle, you have a little money left on day 13 of your pay period (the Wheat Thin you were planning to dine in was probably $11). What will you do?

  1. Hang on to money in case you need it someday
  2. Return it to your employer
  3. Donated to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program

Well, I admit it. This is it truly Stupid.

But not that stupid:

The Food and Drug Administration is committed to addressing the opioid crisis on all fronts, including exploring new approaches that have the potential to reduce unnecessary exposure to opioids and prevent new cases of addiction. Prescribing opioids for periods and doses that do not properly match a patient’s clinical needs not only increases the chances of misuse, misuse, and overdose, but also increases the potential for unnecessary exposure to unused medications.”

FDA Commissioner Robert M. Califf, MD, April 20, 2022

From Earth to Karleaf: Really? Do you really think there are barrels of unused opium pills out there? Because if you do, please explain where they come from. Feel free to use the following numbers to formulate your response.

Prescriptions for opioids (in the MME) have fallen by more than half since 2011 and are now at levels not seen since 2000. So where did all these damn pills come from? Source: Pain News Network, Iqvia Institute for Data for Human Data Science

So, would someone please blow the polygraph to explain how reducing the non-existent amounts of pills “sitting” in placebo cabinets would do anything to alleviate this:

Deaths from drug overdose per year. Reducing prescriptions doesn’t seem to work so well, does it? Of course, anyone with a working neuron knows that fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and illicit methamphetamine are responsible for all drug abuse deaths. Even when prescription drugs are revealed, there are always many others involved. The red gradient lines indicate when prescriptions for opioid drugs began to cut (insert). Source: CDC.

Submit your comments!

The FDA wants to know your thoughts on its initiative to offer prepaid envelopes to send extra pills (that you don’t have) in the mail.

Good news: You have until June 21 to submit your comments

The bad news: no one will read it.

Should You Return Unused Opium Pills You Don’t Own?

Let’s go back to the exercise I started with.

Four Vicodin is prescribed after knee replacement surgery. But your leg is falling off, so you only use two of them. What will you do with the other two?

1. Hold on to them in case you need them someday

2. Send them to the Food and Drug Administration

3. Sell them on the street so you can buy other wheat flakes

4. Sending FDA to North Korea

Should those envelopes go to waste?

This, of course, is a personal decision. I can’t advise you to defy the Food and Drug Administration. Some of you may be be out of your mind And the Want to return the pills. If you’re really worried that your kids might get their hands on a pill, that’s okay, send them in. But if you need to go to the emergency room with a kidney stone or a ruptured Achilles and get an IV Tylenol, you may be kicking yourself. I think I’ll stick with it.

Our government at work

It’s so pathetic that when 2,000 people die a week from drug overdoses, Almost all of them were caused by illegal drugs, While at the same time, pain patients continue to suffer so badly because their doctors have been bullied into treating their pain that the Food and Drug Administration is still feeding us BAs about prescription drugs as responsible for the “opioid epidemic” (1)

I suggest another award show – the “Government Oscars”, where stupid politics can earn the adulation it deserves.

envelope please.


(1) There is no longer a single opioid crisis; There are two types: pain patients are deprived of the drugs they need to survive, and people die from illegally manufactured fentanyl.

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