Attorney General Jeff Sessions has an easy and brilliant solution to the nation’s opioid epidemic. People need to just “take aspirin and tough it out”–just like John Kelly!
That’s what he said in Tampa, Fl this week as he condemned doctors for prescribing the addictive painkillers too often, The Tampa Bay Times reports.
“This country prescribes too many opioids,” Sessions said. “People need to take some aspirin sometimes and tough it out a little bit. That’s what General Kelly, you know he’s a marine, he had surgery on his hand, a painful surgery.” Sessions then mimicked Kelly, going “I’m not taking any drugs.”
“It did hurt, though, he admitted,” Sessions continued in his normal voice.
“You can get through these things,” he said after.
These remarks only show that the Trump Administration is terribly ignorant about opioids and chronic pain. “That remark reflects a failure to recognize the severity of pain of some patients,” Bob Twillman, the executive director of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, said. “It’s an unconscionable remark. It further illustrates how out of touch parts of the administration are with opioids and pain management.”
Sessions is right about one thing–doctors are definitely giving out too many opioids. There are some who really do need the medication, but drugs like Vicodin are given out by the bottle. Literally. If someone has a tooth extracted, they are given enough opioids to last a week. That’s definitely a problem.
But “tough it out” and “take Aspirin” is not a viable solution for many people suffering from chronic pain. What can be a possible alternative to opioids is marijuana. In states where medical marijuana is legal, there have been “fewer opiate deaths,” and “no deaths related to marijuana overdose on record,” Scientific American reported.
But Sessions wants to undo Obama-Era deregulation when it comes to how States set laws for Marijuana, calling the drug part of the epidemic, even though it is virtually impossible to lethally overdose on marijuana. But Sessions wants to make sure it stays a criminal drug, even if it can be the answer to the opioid crisis.
Aspirin and toughing it out “like John Kelly” is not.