“. . . . NOT EVEN ONCE!”

Michael Meredith, Author, Publisher, Public Commentator

All I can say to anyone, young or old, about recreational and prescribed drug use is, “Don’t try using drugs to see what it is like, NOT EVEN ONCE!” To those who are prescribed use for pain, use sparingly. The body has a built-in ability to manage most painful situations. This warning is extremely serious for everyone, everywhere.
“Using Opioid based drugs deadens the ability of the body to manage pain, and easily become addicted.” 

Following certain procedures like some dental work,  use 2 or 3 pills of something like aspirin or other over the counter pain killers and let the body strengthen you to be able to easily handle the pain. Recently, the new guideline given to prescribers is to let those who are picking up the first prescription of Opioids can have only 7 Opioid based pills. Again, use sparingly.

Throughout my 30 or so years of experiences working with several organizations and individuals who deal with opioid addiction plus those many addicts I have interviewed, I have gained somewhat of an understanding and appreciation about the lifestyle of being a drug addict.

They are saying, “It isn’t any fun after the initial high wears off”. Many said “it isn’t easy to handle addiction” and “it’s terrible to suffer with addiction”. One recovering addict said to me, “How can anything that feels so good, be so bad?” Ultimately addiction destroys many lives in one way or another.

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Opioid Addiction exists throughout the world. Donald Trump, the President of the United States recently declared it a national medical crisis. Sadly, this crisis declaration was to last just for 90 days.

The other thing which is sad is there was no money granted to accomplish the task of administering this crisis. This leaves us where we were before the declaration. (Note: There’s talk they will extend and fund this declaration.)

Today, January 28, 2018, all experts are saying this Opioid epidemic is growing among our citizens and those others around the world. Sadly, there is no end in sight. The US Government is taking their time in addressing this terrible epidemic so this crisis and ultimately funding could go on and on.

My experience has given me a wide perspective of what’s happening with the Opioid crisis. So, I declare “enough is enough!” I believe, the only way to slow this crisis down and ultimately stop it is to have no more new users of these terrible products. Yes, this means everyone who hasn’t tried using these drugs should commit to never use them. They should pass this personal commitment onto their children and future generations.

Several times I’ve made the statement, “You can’t get hooked on addictive substances if you don’t put them into your body”. Now, I declare, “don’t put them into your body . . . . NOT EVEN ONCE!
Michael J. Meredith