In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Sally Satel and Nicholas Eberstadt join a distinguished panel to begin a series of conversations addressing the opioid crisis ravaging the nation. The panel discussion touches the cultural factors underpinning today’s crisis, the social, cultural, economic factors driving overdose deaths, and the role of the federal government to provide treatment and prevent overdose.

Panelists include Christopher Caldwell (The Weekly Standard), Nicholas Eberstadt (AEI), Harold Pollack (University of Chicago), and Danny Seiden (Office of the Governor, Arizona). The discussion is moderated by Sally Satel (AEI).

This event took place on June 7, 2017.

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Published in: Domestic Policy, Healthcare

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  1. Joseph Eagar Member
    Joseph Eagar
    @JosephEagar

    Well.  That was awkward.

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  2. Daniel Brass Inactive
    Daniel Brass
    @DanielBrass

    I listened to this yesterday.  I heard the panel discuss (correctly) how a great % of the opioids that are consumed by addicts are actually purchased via a predictable and tragic route.  A person in despair (this is the correct way to describe people that fall in opioid addiction) file for disability (falsely) to get a Medicaid card.  With this card, the addict can purchase (90) pills for a $3 co-pay, and us taxpayers pay for the $267 balance (yeah for us!).    This has been documented repeatedly as one of the innumerable negative side effects of government health care.

    So, after discussing this, what is the key thing the panel sees as a solution to the opioid problem?  Expanding Medicare and Medicaid.  Yes, expanding the opportunity to more and more people to get cheap pills will solve the problem of people addicted to pills.

    I am from Ohio and have seen the opioid plague up close.  I have read (4) books about it this year, along with countless news articles and listened to many podcasts.   More government is not going to solve this.  Faith, economic growth and rebuilding the family will, but it will take decades.

     

     

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