Health­care should know bet­ter; more drugs aren’t al­ways the an­swer

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Re­gard­ing the re­cent ar­ti­cle “Price’s drug ad­dic­tion treat­ment com­ments echo de­bate in re­cov­ery com­mu­nity” (Mod­ern­Health­, May 12), I was struck by this quote: “It is dan­ger­ous to fur­ther per­pet­u­ate the un­true and un­sci­en­tific state­ment that med­i­ca­tion-as­sisted treat­ment is some­how sub­sti­tut­ing one drug with an­other. We would never say that if the dis­ease was di­a­betes.” The quote il­lus­trates how much the “sci­en­tific com­mu­nity” lives in de­nial and dis­hon­esty. How is a be­lief in more drugs to solve our prob­lems— and claims that this be­lief is the truth and shouldn’t be chal­lenged—any dif­fer­ent from those who claim one re­li­gion is the true re­li­gion?

For many di­a­bet­ics, good diet and ex­er­cise is a bet­ter so­lu­tion than drugs. An­tibi­otics are an ef­fec­tive tool when used ap­pro­pri­ately and spar­ingly. But if pre­scribed too of­ten, they en­able su­per­bugs. The same can be said about many drugs.

We drug our grade-school kids for at­ten­tion deficit dis­or­der, mostly be­cause boys act like boys. Drugged kids don’t learn self-dis­ci­pline. Then we won­der why teens and adults use drugs to cope with re­al­ity and ex­hibit lack of self-con­trol.

Is too much re­liance on drugs turn­ing a med­i­cal tool into a god to be wor­shipped? Could we ben­e­fit more from an hon­est de­bate where those who wor­ship their science like a re­li­gion don’t try to shut down the de­bate? Bob Sch­midt At­lanta

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