Medical school opioid prevention: On the right track, but the needs are NOW!

Young people and adults who are not using addictive drugs and or have depression need an eye opener before control is lost. I have lost two friends just this year from either depression, drugs, or both. I speculate that if they touch real life experiences of peers, their paths might be changed. Mandatory courses, starting in high school, and meeting survivors, and visiting shelters and detox hospitals could change a person’s path.

The intention of  medical schools to teach new doctors about opioid prescription and addiction should be embraced. We can not afford to let two to three years of medical training go by before potential victims succumb to addiction caused by genetics or the environment. According to the article, Continue reading “Medical school opioid prevention: On the right track, but the needs are NOW!”

A Challenge to the Executive Branch

John F. Kennedy enacted federal legislation that mandated national school implementation of physical education programs. I ask you to challenge the executive branch of the US Government, in 2015, 2016 and 2017. to do the same for depression and addiction. There are so many young people who start down the path in junior or senior high. If reading my journal or instructing young people of the potential experiences, stops the “want,” then we have saved lives. The same goes for any age group!

The Governor of Massachusetts has just proposed programs to help addicts work through addiction. A fantastic initiative. The purpose of this blog and book is to change the path before it is taken. Also reinforcing the individual’s desire to change a path they are on.

I know individual states have implemented school courses, such as New York State, but we should have it federalized. The courses should educate people about the physical and mental effects of substance abuse on the body and brain. People need to know that depression and addiction can be averted and/or controlled. Should we decrease the path by at least 5%, what would that mean in lives, medical costs, and social costs saved? How many people and families would hold together and smile instead of crying?