Breitbart News is proud to announce that the nation’s frontline medical professionals are set to launch a nationwide campaign on Tuesday to raise public awareness of the opioid crisis.
The group, called America’s frontline physicians, is an initiative of the National Physicians Alliance and the American Medical Association.
The initiative is to coincide with the national day of national awareness of drug overdoses, on May 12.
Dr. Charles A. Dolan, chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics, told Breitbart News that “nobody in their right mind” would have believed that the opioid epidemic was taking hold in the United States when the nation experienced its largest annual overdose crisis in 2016.
“We were all pretty surprised at the size of the crisis, but the way the epidemic was going was actually not unexpected,” he said.
“We were just not aware of how serious the issue was.”
According to Dolan and others, the opioid overdose crisis is a global phenomenon and not only affects the United Sates, but many other nations, particularly Europe and China.
As the opioid and heroin crisis continues to take root in the U.S., the national conversation has shifted from a “do not ask, don’t tell” mentality towards the need for public health efforts to stem the tide of addiction.
In the wake of the fatal overdose of American nurse Jill Stein, Dr. Michael R. Cauchon, president of the Academy of Family Physicians and Surgeons of America, said the country has a responsibility to educate and mobilize patients in order to prevent future deaths.
“If you are not aware that there is a problem, it is not only because you are unaware, it’s because you have not seen it,” Cauachon said.
“In our society, we are very, very afraid to admit that we are addicted.
So if we don’t do this, it becomes like a secret that is kept for the rest of the world.
This is a very important issue to us.”
Cauachons concern is echoed by the American College of Emergency Physicians, which called for a national day to raise health awareness about the opioid issue in the wake on Stein’s death.
“Our society has not been educated on the problem and its impact,” said Dr. David A. Schoen, president and CEO of the AACEP.
“The public needs to be educated on this problem.”
Schoen said the opioid problem is a national crisis that is being ignored by politicians and the mainstream media.
“The fact that the majority of the population has not even heard of it is a serious problem,” he told Breitbart.
“People have been told that the problem is only going to get worse, and that the solution is more government spending, more money.
I don’t think that is a viable solution.
We need to find a more comprehensive solution.”
Schonen said he believes that public awareness about drug addiction is a key to tackling the epidemic.
“What we need to do is create awareness and awareness is what we are going to do to save lives,” he explained.
“When you look at the number of deaths in the last 10 years, there are a lot of people dying because of drug use, and we are in the middle of the epidemic and we have a crisis in our nation.”
Schön added that it is imperative that physicians educate the public about the dangers of addiction and the importance of seeking medical help.
“It is very important for us to educate our community and the public on the dangers,” he concluded.