From the Week of December 14th – The Last Ten Seconds

The recent tragedies and subsequent demonstrations and media coverage after the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Gardner make it evident that the human race cannot contemplate past the last ten seconds.  The demonstrators repeatedly focused on the last ten seconds of both men’s deaths.  The news media cannot critically think past the last ten seconds.

When a plane crashes, it is usually not from one mechanical or human failure.  A series of events take place before the crash happens.  The FAA will spend months or years painstakingly investigating the plane’s parts and human communication before making a final judgment of a deadly crash.

The careful analysis by the FAA has become an anomaly in our society.  In the case of Brown and Garner, the societal, community and individual actions leading up to the disturbing outcomes have been overshadowed by sensational seeking and media attention pundits.  The last ten seconds of both tragedies have shaped the conversations, writings and actions.

As a result, the irresponsible media will continue to bring us images that bring distrust to all who are not like us.  A white guy can’t be trusted, black on black crime will continue unabated, young black people will continue to defy a police order and too many police will continue to abuse their powers of the badge.

I now understand that the drug companies and the media has shaped our perceptions of prescription drugs by only focusing on the last ten seconds.

A person dies from an overdose and we only recount the last ten seconds.  A person is given morphine after surgery and we marvel at the wonders of morphine for ten seconds.  A terminal patient’s last minutes are remembered by the peace the oxycodone or morphine brought them to the end.  The last ten seconds of death was peaceful thanks to the narcotics.

For over 5000 years the opium plant has helped kill millions of people and recently overdose deaths are over 30,000 individuals yearly.  Our ability to only think critically about the last ten seconds continues the charade of the legal prescription narcotics.  Our ten second snapshots of positive outcomes from the deadly drugs has clouded all rational thinking about preventing millions of future addictions and tens of thousands of deaths.  A “ten second” interview with a “pain patient” shapes our future policy on chronic pain policies.  The history of the patient’s growing dependency on the legal narcotics and family ramifications is completely ignored.

The think tanks of Pharma know and understand our inability to think past the last ten seconds.  The opioids are a dangerous psychologically and physically altering class of drugs.  In addition to the mental effects, the secondary side effects of the opioids is immediate pain relief.

Our inability to critically think past the last ten seconds of immediate pain relief will continue to doom millions to future addiction and tens of thousands to homelessness and death.

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