Opiate addiction devastates lives; health care costs for uncertain and repeated treatment are very high; law enforcement efforts and incarceration are costly, temporary stopgaps.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Addiction often fills holes of loneliness, neglect, abuse, misunderstanding and lack of direction and guidance. Our schools ó no longer the simpler, straightforward system that baby boomers experienced ó have the resources to spot and address children and teens at risk. Individualized programs that address a broad array of circumstances open doors to students who previously had none. Additionally, a wide array of academic, vocational, creative and sports choices develop habits and lifestyles less likely to include addiction.
Legislators and citizens have wondered why the FDA has approved Zohydro. The answer is simple: Drug companies spend millions on lobbyists who influence the FDA, and drug companies make very big profits.
It is this same greed that drives the booming business of health care insurances and, consequently, drives up every school, city and state budget.
Letís take care of our children ó and ourselves. Letís be wise and practice prevention by supporting our schools ó as well as a single-payer health care system.
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