"A Nation Dying" - Opioid Deaths Linked To Auto Plant Closures, Study Says

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  1. Joseph James

    Joseph James Senior Member

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    A new study has found the link between automobile manufacturing plant closures and a community's struggle with opioid overdose deaths.

    The study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, titled "Association Between Automotive Assembly Plant Closures and Opioid Overdose Mortality in the United States," shows how US adults are more likely to die from opioid overdoses if they live near a manufacturing plant that closed in the last five years.

    More at link:"A Nation Dying" - Opioid Deaths Linked To Auto Plant Closures, Study Says
     
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    That is interesting. But not surprising, I think a person's self worth is related to their career. It doesn't have to be in a professional realm. A person who works in a factory or a warehouse not only is compensated by a paycheck/benefits but by he friendships that they make. So when the job disappears, is it surprising that a person drowns their unhappiness in drink or drugs? It's not just the auto industry, but anywhere in the rust belt or anywhere that greed and profits eliminate jobs.
     
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    Indeed. Not political at all, but this country needs manufacturing, and imported goods reduction. I've literally been saying that since I was a teen, no BS. And trust me, that was quite a while ago.
     
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  4. Joseph James

    Joseph James Senior Member

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    indeed. Not everyone is cut out to sit in front of a computer. I know I couldn’t do it.
     
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    live4theking Old Man with a Hat

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    I agree with both of you fellas. This is a portion of it along with over prescription of said meds that get people started on this junk. I take as few pills as possible and almost no painkillers. It's gotta be real bad.

    By the way I sit at a desk everyday I'm at work. When the factory closes I don't have a job either. It isn't just the factory worker.
     
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    Joseph James Senior Member

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    yeah, we sometimes forget about the others that make factories work: engineers, accountants, sales, etc.
     
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    67newport Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    are the doctors just over prescribing or are the getting $$ back from the drug companies for moving high volume of there product?
     
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    300rag Waiting out the storm FCBO Gold Member

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    Short answer is yes to both questions.
     
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    Drugs, alcohol and nicotine, we are a self destructive sociaty.
     
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    67newport Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    when the politicians work for the big corporations not the people that put them in office. drug companies will never be held accountable for all the pain they brought people. they are the real pushers just like that guy on the corner.
     
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    azblackhemi Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Absolutely true however the old adage "Just say no to drugs" works for me and alot of other people. I do sympathize with people who are dealing with a drug problem in their family though.
     
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    67newport Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    so far i have never had to be on any type pain killers. i could not imagine walking around like zombie all day
     
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    Good ole Tylenol or Advil works for me but it is possible to use prescription drugs responsibly. Another area where people need to take responsibility for their actions.
     
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    same here. dam sinus headaches. Excedrin migraine maybe one or twice a year and that is when i wakeup with a bad headache
     
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    I think govco does some kicking back. I take a very expensive medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, without which I would be in a wheelchair by now. Drug company used to send me a MasterCard with $10k on it for the drug. Now, there is no way they just gave that money away for nothing. They got paid back somewhere along the line.

    This opioid thing is really bad news and I agree that most of us are what we do. That’s what people ask you-what do you do. Losing a job like that has to be depressing.
     
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    I also am on a very expensive medication. It might even be the same as Joseph James. Each syringe is around $1,000. I've now taken almost 100 doses so I'm up to 100 grand. Luckily I get it free from the drug manufacturer. So the question is if they can afford to give it away why is it so expensive in the first place?
     
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    Mine is Actemra. I started it as a guinea pig in a trial. Only thing that ever worked. Prior to that I ate a lot of prednisone. Had to in order to work and not lose my house and feed my family. Wife would dress me and by the time I got to work I was moving pretty good. I would go home, shower and sleep. After months of that I actually wondered why live if life was going to be that way for me, so the meds are a godsend for me. I know I wouldn’t have a Fury to wrench on were it not for the meds.

    I don’t get mine free but insurance I have helps out, so it’s not prohibitively expensive.
     
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    azblackhemi Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    My story is the same as yours. Prednisone to Actemera. The difference is I don't have RA I'm being treated for Temperal Arteritis. Different disease but similar treatment.
     
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    This may have been true twenty years ago, but it's not anywhere near what's going on now. Pain killers are very hard to come by. Ask anyone with true chronic pain about the hoops they have to jump through.

    The opiod crisis is real. Prescription pills, like Oxycontin for example, are hard to come by and expensive on the streets these days. Heroin, on the other hand, is cheap and easy to get. My son lost his best friend (since he was a kid) to heroin a year ago. 32 years old. I have no idea why it happens...

    And doctors don't get kickbacks...
     
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