Today, we have the same issue with opioids.
The Federalist has published a superb article pertaining to the conflation of prescription pain medications with the deaths being caused by the abuse of illegal opioids, primarily fentanyl. From the article:
To give you an idea of how incredibly inflated the "opiod pain pill" panic is, here are the real numbers:
In a 2018 study of about 569,000 patients who received opioids after surgery, for example, just 1 percent of their medical records included diagnostic codes related to “opioid misuse.” According to federal survey data, “pain reliever use disorder” occurs in 2 percent of Americans who take prescription opioids each year, including non-medical users as well as bona fide patients.
After surgery? 1%. Total misuse? 2%, which includes people who were never prescribed the medications in the first place. Does that seem like a crisis to you?
Who are the victims of this unwarranted panic? People who have chronic pain like yours truly (fibromyalgia, CFS and severe back issues). Here is what two of them wrote:
The Federalist article goes on to read:
Desperation for Chronic Pain Patients?Even if all of the inaccurate and hyped reporting were to cease tomorrow, the damage will take years to undo. Politicians do not like to admit they were wrong.
Going forward, remember the Hypocratic Oath: First, Do No Harm.