'We've all lost a child to this epidemic': Hundreds gather on Utah capitol steps for overdose awareness

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  • not status quo Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 2:46 a.m.

    We've "all" lost a child? .....Obviously this statement can't possibly be true. For example, i have raised 3 children to adulthood. NONE of them died of any over dose. This hype and hysteria is harmful to elderly people such as myself, who are being locked out from legal, beneficial pain relievers.

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 12:39 p.m.

    @ Mapleton

    Last time I checked we have computers and data bases. If someone is gaming the system with multiple doctors and pharmacies, it would be straight forward to shut them down.

    As soon as they start using an alias enforce the appriate consequences.

    Most physicians should be able to identify a red flag.

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 11:30 a.m.

    Each and every death and addiction is truly tragic may God bless and comfort each one affected.

    While there is a significant problem with many becoming addicted to opiates beginning with prescription use these drugs are needed, necessary and legitimate when used as prescribed by a competent physician. Thomas Thompson is correct in stating the need for opiates in cases to alleviate excruciating pain.

    While unfortunately some become innocently addicted even when carefully following Dr orders, most addicts are in that condition due to personal decisions which began using other substances illegally, wrongly obtaining opiates, and not following physicians orders. Doctors and big pharmaceuticals have become the scapegoat for many not wanting to take personal responsibility. This too must change.

  • someguyaaron Parowan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 11:13 a.m.

    Yes it is great for pain. OxyContin’s main problem is, that it makes you feel that everything in the world or at least you’re surroundings are good. Problem is when people stop taking it their feelings of everything in their world being good, is gone. So many will do whatever they can to obtain oxy. Because it is one of the few that will stop both physical and emotional pain.

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 9:32 a.m.

    someguyaaron - Parowan, UT

    I couldn't agree less with your position that drugs like Oxycodone and Oxycontin should not be prescribed, ever. Synthetic opiates are among the most effective pain killers we have and, taken as directed by a physician, these drugs are not dangerous. They become dangerous only when people decide to take more than the required dose because they think it is "fun." It's that kind of attitude that can lead directly to overdose and death. Thus, we should all be very careful if we take these drugs, and they should certainly only be taken under the general supervision of a physician. One day, perhaps, we'll have a new generation of pain killers that are just as effective as opiates. But while we're waiting for them to be developed and marketed, we must not be expected to simply suffer from excruciating pain.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    This is politics. People in grief are being used a pawns in a game. Just like high school kids vs. the NRA.

    Overdose is a symptom, not a cause.

    If we really cared about keeping drugs out of our communities, we'd support immigration enforcement and border security. Instead, we want o abolish ICE.

    Where do you think the drugs come from? Panguich?

    But what about the legal drugs? Few doctors over-prescribe. It is more a case of people gaming the system. They use more than one doctor and more than one pharmacy to game the system.

    At the core, the problem isn't the addiction - it's something else in the life of the addict.

    This effort is hacking at the leaves.

  • someguyaaron Parowan, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 9:03 a.m.

    This is a very serious problem. I believe it starts mostly the Oxies. They must not be prescribed. I have a history of its use as well as others.
    Do not prescribe Oxy-anything!

  • 8 in a row! Ogden, UT
    Sept. 1, 2018 8:31 a.m.

    I just can’t understand why it’s legal for health care providers to prescribe the vast array of so called ‘legal drugs’ to the populous, young and old.

    It’s bad enough fighting ‘illegal drugs’. The ‘legal drugs’ are just as bad. Their goal is to get you hooked... and if you don’t believe there is any merit to that... just follow the money.

    Sure, there are circumstances when one needs medication. But it’s obvious that there is gross misuse.

    If a physician (prescription writer) was held accountable for those that get hooked on opioids then he or she would think twice before doing writing addictive compounds. Do they get a kickback from the drug companies? What is their incentive to drug America? Why would anyone want to be apart of that? Well, look no further than the drug lobbies in Washington.

    I’m sorry for those that get hooked. All I can say is avoid drugs like the plague and take some personal responsibility. If you think government will fix this... good luck... with the current laws in place they are ‘the main sponsor’ of ‘legalized drugs’... think again.

    If you are hooked get support or you will be stuck in a downward spiral.