BOBBY GIBBS: We are not the only ones who have experienced the tragedy of this opioid epidemic.
But we have a lot of the same symptoms and we know that the same people who are dying from it have also been affected.
We don’t have an easy way to say, OK, this is a problem we are going to fix.
But in this moment, I think it’s really important that we do.
And we do, and that is why we are here today to talk about this.
We are talking about the issue of prescription drug abuse.
It’s a growing problem, and it’s not going to go away.
But as we are seeing, with this epidemic, there are some people who have access to prescription drugs and some people that don’t.
They’re both suffering.
And that’s what we are trying to solve.
And I think that this is something that has been really, really troubling for the medical community.
This is something we need to fix as a society.
It really needs to be addressed in a way that is sustainable and can be supported by a lot more research.
And it’s something that’s not only a public health issue, but also a public safety issue, because if we continue to allow people to access these dangerous medications, then it will lead to people who might otherwise be able to get the medical care that they need to get their lives back.
And so that’s why I think the president’s proposal is important.
And one of the things we want to focus on is making sure that people who really need help and need treatment, people who need to be able afford that help, can actually access it.
The opioid crisis has gotten so bad, it’s been a real problem.
But now, we have to look at the solutions.
We have to start to address the opioid crisis that is really affecting us, and this is really a problem that we have got to address.
And there are a lot things that we can do.
But I think one of those things that I think we can really get right is by recognizing that prescription drugs are addictive.
And prescription drugs, especially heroin, is not like a drug that you take just for the experience.
There are a number of drugs that can have an addictive effect.
And the opioid epidemic is not going away anytime soon, but the number of people who use prescription drugs is rising dramatically.
And while there are ways to stop people from abusing prescription drugs with the use of education, prevention and treatment, there is not a magic bullet, in my opinion, to solve this crisis.
There’s just no simple solution to this problem.
And a lot has been written about how to stop the opioid problem.
I think there is an opportunity for us to do that.
So let’s get to work.
I am joined now by Dr. Andrew Kolodny.
He’s a senior scientist with the National Institutes of Health, the lead author of the new study.
Dr. KolodNY: Thank you.
Good morning, Bob.
And welcome to Fox News Sunday.
This morning, we’ll hear from Dr. William Schaffner, the chief medical officer of the American Heart Association, about what the new guidelines are for prescribing opioids.
But first, let’s start with what we know about the new opioid guidelines.
The new guidelines call for doctors to treat opioid-related deaths with opioids when they are prescribed, not when they don’t appear.
That’s what this is called a “prescription-prescribed opioid.”
And that is not to say that physicians are not expected to administer the appropriate dose of medication.
They are, of course.
But the new guidance says that patients who have opioid-based overdoses should be treated with opioids, not as they occur.
What do you think of the latest guidelines?
BRYAN GIBBES: Well, first of all, I just think it is very important to recognize that this isn’t the same as a prescription for a drug.
It is a prescription to treat a chronic condition that is out of control.
And in this case, what they have done is to really put into effect the idea that it’s a prescription drug and that’s the only thing that should be prescribed to patients.
And of course, I would have to say in my view that we are not prescribing to patients for chronic pain, which is why I’ve been very vocal about the need to make sure that we don’t add another new category of drugs into the mix.
But there are many other medications that are available that are far more effective and that people can take and do better.
And they have been proven to treat pain and they have also proven to improve the quality of life for people who get them.
So I think this is very similar to what we see with the prescription drug industry.
And this is why it’s important that doctors make that decision.
If you’re prescribing a drug to treat chronic pain or for cancer, that’s just not a good way to treat it.
So that’s something I