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james jeffrey talks about the future of iraq. we'll take your calls and you can join the conversation on c-span and twitter. washington journal is next. ♪ host: good morning, sunday, july 16, 2017. interpol announces a delay on what had been expected of this week on the fort will care act. -- affordable care act. we will get to the implications of that delay this morning, but opioidn on the topic of addiction. late last week, a dozen governors and medical professionals gathered to discuss the issue and how to fight back.
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as we discussed that, we want to hear from you about how the opioid crisis is impacting your community. --you have been first only personally affected by opioids .his morning, (202) 748-8000 we want to hear your story. medical professionals, (202) 748-8001. all others, (202) 748-8002. -- keep up with us on facebook and twitter. a good sunday morning to you. that meeting that the governors and medical professionals attended in providence, rhode at the summerace gathering of the national governors association. here is the story from u.s. news & world report. their coverage notes that among the attendees at that meeting were florida governor rick scott hogan, twor larry governors who have already cleared a state of emergency. in that meeting, the national academy of medicine outlined the
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scope of the opioid academic. -- epidemic. >> the importance cannot be overstated. these numbers, the fact that there are 3 million people in this country today who are suffering from opioid use disorder. they are addicted. the fact that there are unprecedented increases in the rate of addiction to opioids that we have seen in the past several years. and the fact that it is contributing to unacceptable and tragic deaths throughout the nation. last year, an estimated 59,000 deaths due to drug overdoses, about two thirds of which were related to opioids. that is an unprecedented high for drug use, overdose deaths. it is also higher than the peak
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deathsfor hiv infection and for automobile fatality deaths. it is higher than either of those. numbers,dition to the there are the realities, that each one of those numbers imprisons several souls. not just the souls of those who are affected direct way, affected directly by the addiction, but their families, other loved ones, communities, health care workers throughout the nation. that, whenepidemic you think about these dimensions in terms of the combinations of lethality, rate, reach, the opioid epidemic is the
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fastest-growing serious and far-reaching epidemic threat to americans across the board. host: we will be showing you more highlights of that meeting. about one dozen governors who attended that meeting on the opioid crisis. over 30 governors gathered with the larger national brothers -- national governors association meeting. we want to hear the opioid crisis is affecting your community. if you have been affected, (202) 748-8000. medical professionals, (202) 748-8001. .ll others, (202) 748-8002 more stories from the new york times what the governors -- and what the governors are thinking about the health-care bill. handful of republican governors rebuffed on saturday the attempt to buy the democratic counterpart and issue a joint
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statement, expressing opposition or even concern about the senate health care bill with smaller bipartisan groups still possibly releasing a statement in their own -- on their own in the coming days, a move that would imperil passage of the messer -- measure. a story in the new york times today about the sentiment among the affordable care act replacement bill. they got a vote on that legislation. it will be delayed. delayed because senator john mccain was considered one of the key votes and will not be on capitol hill this week following recovery from an eye surgery that he had. a statement from john mccain's office released yesterday following a repeat animal -- said hamermanl surgery on friday in phoenix. they successfully removed the five centimeter blood clot. he is an good condition.
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the statement also notes that senator mccain, on the advice of doctors, will be recovering in arizona all week. because of that, senate majority leader mitch mcconnell announcing his delay on the vote, saying that the vote will be delayed until he gets back. while john is recovering, the senate will continue to work on our legislative items and nominations, and defer consideration of the better care act. even before these developments, the fate of the legislation looks deeply uncertain in the senate. to know votes were ordained scheduled from senator susan collins in maine and senator rand paul from kentucky. that is the impact on the schedule of the senate vote. we will be following it as it happens this week. getting back to the opiate crisis in this country.
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if you have been affected by its, (202) 748-8000, medical professionals, (202) 748-8001, and all others, (202) 748-8002. beckley, west virginia. good morning. thank you very much, thank you for the excellence of the people who work at c-span. the way that you fairly handle the people who call and the difficulty is very impressive. the situation is i and a chronic pain sufferer. i have a disease which causes me pain on a daily basis. been prescribed a very mild dose of painkillers to deal with it, but i would that in the years
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that i have had to deal with this pain, and with my own addictive nature and alcoholism that medical marijuana my biggest friend in that area, because it has stopped me from wanting to drink, and it has worked wonderfully well anytime i have had intestinal pain. now, i talked of many many people. we all feel this way. hasst everyone who intestinal pain is probably going to be helped by medical marijuana and lower doses of the opioids. you are getting those restrictions from your doctor -- do you have those conversations about the addictive nature from opioids? do you feel like your doctor understands the crisis in the state? caller: that is the abcs around
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here. sees opioid addicts. we have homeless people, situations -- i do not think you can live around here and be insulated from the problem. the worsthat, but thing is when all the people who have been sued and all the problems we have with the hospitals that were giving out opioids like the rest of the nation was giving out opioids, it is almost impossible to get any type of relief for pain at the different hospitals and health care units because right now, there has been such a clampdown that the helppeople who cannot get with painkillers are the people
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in pain who go to hospitals. .nd primary care kind of places you know, it is possible to get them there, but my mother went there a few days ago with severe pain, and it did not work out at all. did not surprise me at all, because i understand the placeible rock and a hard that the prohibition has caused in america. i look at it this way. i would like to ask senator mcconnell that if we continue every year to spend more and , which the war on drugs was full of malice and ignorance , after four more decades, will it get us out of the crisis it caused? virginia thisest
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morning. for more numbers on the impact of the opioid crisis, this from the national fair story, taking ,n the scourge of opioids noting that in 1973-19 75, there about 1.5 fatalities per 100,000 americans due to opioid addiction. was 10.4 perrate 100,000. in west virginia, ground zero, it was over 36 per 100,000 who had died from opioid addiction. we want to hear from you this morning, your stories. tony in pleasantville, new jersey. on the line for all others. good morning. good morning, good morning c-span. i have a couple quick comments. my first comment is this is amazing that you have this topic on this morning. host: why is that? caller: because for years and
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,ears and years, opioids heroine, alcohol, drugs are in black communities all across america. it seems to be the only reason we are having this conversation is because these drugs have her the summer. now it is an epidemic. -- have reached the suburbs. -- it is now a epidemic. the republicans amaze me. they want to cherry pick what is important and not important. i think it is mighty strange that john mccain. eye surgery. was that already scheduled, or was this convenient for them to figure out something else with this health care nonsense? but what i am saying, it will all come out in the end. chickens are coming home to fun withd it is no going on all the stuff
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in this country. you can run, but you cannot hide. you can run, but you cannot hide. have a good day. something yesterday that a blood clot was found following a routine annual physical, so to answer your question on the timing, on the racial element of this, the national review story i mentioned talked about this in their coverage of the of euro crisis. they write it is hard to assume that this time around, the drug crisis is viewed differently. because that illness has a co-complexion, many have asked where is the compassion for black people? the racial element cannot be other, but there are forces at play, namely that americans are drug war weary and law-enforcement has incarcerated incarceration fatigue. it also didn't help that in the 1920's, officers were only loosely woven into this maverick -- fabric of the inner-city
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minority neighborhoods that were played. likelyuthorities will have one relative, friend, or neighbor with an opioid problem. -- scourgehe skirts of opioids is the headline if you want to read it. marcus, new york, good morning. caller: good morning. this is marcus, thank you for c-span, i appreciate all that you do. my comment in question is threefold. first of all, as a chronic pain sufferer, it really disturbs me that i have people protecting me from me. nobody is walking in my shoes with this chronic pain. i have a carbon composite replacement vertebrae and titanium rods and screws in my .ack due to an accident so unless people are walking in my shoes and feeling my pain, i do not think they have a right to tell me what i should do or how i should do it.
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i suffer daily with this. is to all of the representatives out there of each state, i appreciate the fact that you have a conversation concerning opioid addiction, but let's have the whichside conversation, is for those of us who do suffer from chronic pain and do have significant relief using opioid medications, let's talk about those who are in need of those medications. that is all i have. host: don, washington, d.c.. go ahead. caller: hi, how are you doing this morning? longtime listener. host: go ahead. caller: longtime listener, frequent caller. they areent is that late in getting this "epidemic" looked at. from the time when i was in the medical field in philadelphia, for around eight years, it was
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going on then. it seems to me that they are picking and choosing when and what part of the country and who they are going to help to get rid of this problem, but the problem is not far away, because the system is set up that you can get drugs from prescription drugs from certain doctors and certain hospitals, but if you really, really need this prescription drug, some of the folks cannot get it at all. my thing was back in the 1970's, when i was in the hospitals, i've seen the stuff going on, where depending on which hospital you were in, what type of drug you got. some of it was methadone, some thet was a placebo, but death toll has been going on for
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last four orer the five years, now it has become an epidemic and folks want to help folks. but this has been going on for years. as i said earlier, it is awful strange that when it got into the suburbs and the white community, now it became an epidemic. in the inner-city and poor neighborhoods, it has been there for years. and hopefully somebody will get a chance to do something about whitewash is in order to get folks elected, money floating into accounts and the communities that the politicians that are connected will be able to benefit and say i have done something, i am doing something, and here is the program we are working on. clip that we show
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from the national governors association meeting on this talk about the rise in drug overdose deaths -- your is a chart for folks were more visual learners. deaths inug overdose the united states from the 1980's to 2016. you can see the steep rise in recent years. in 2016, it was somewhere between 59,000-69,000 who died from drug overdoses, opioid action, heroin addiction being the most rebel and cause of those. car crash deaths were in 1972, those were lower than the current number of people who have died from drug overdose. in 1995,k hiv deaths the 40,000 range, peak gun deaths in 1993, under the 40,000 range.
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we'll be showing you clips this morning from the national governors association meeting. it took place on thursday. it was a panel within the annual summer and ga meeting -- nga meeting that studied opioid addiction with medical professionals as well. one of the governors who north carolinaas democrat roy cooper, who talked about the impact of the proposed medicaid cuts in the senate health care plan and what it would do to the fight against opioid addiction. >> the first thing i have called for his treatment, and the first thing we have to realize is that we cannot have million of americans -- millions of americans lose their health coverage and still effectively attack this crisis. we cannot significantly reduce medicaid funding and still be successful in fighting opioid addiction. addictionof opioid
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treatment and substance abuse treatment comes from medicaid coverage. so we are kidding ourselves if what is -- do not think happening with health care in congress right now will affect this decision. host: talking about it this morning. we have lines for those who have been affected by opioid, (202) 748-8001. those in the medical profession, --(202) 748-8001 is that number. .ll others, (202) 748-8002 about otheralking topics coming up in our program. at 8:00, will be talking about , and atrid security 8:30, we will be talking about the campaign legal center -- we will be talking with the campaign legal center about the russia investigation, and on that topic president trump has
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upeted quite a bit already, early and tweeting. he said at 6:35 this morning " hillary can easily get the questions and the dates, and delete 30,000 emails, but my son don is being scorned by the fake news media? " and just after our program started, "thank you to former campaign adviser michael caputo for saying so powerfully there was no rush of collusion our winning campaign." -- russian collusion in our winning campaign." that interview with the former top trump campaign adviser, you can see that story on cnn. is clearly with this topic on his mind. we will be talking about that from 8:30 to 9:00 on the washington journal today. we will also be talking about the future of iraq after the fall of mosul, after retaking it from isis. we will be joined by james
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jeffrey, a former u.s. fromsador to iraq 2010-2012. but for the next 40 minutes, we are talking about the opioid crisis and how does affecting your community. dave is a medical professional in washington dc, good morning. caller: good morning, how are you. ? host: i am doing well. caller: the main point i want to make to anyone who is a legislator working as part of the staff, or who works at the doj under a.g. sessions -- two points. number one, you cannot incarcerate away addiction. it does not work. people so grave that substance that they will find a way. it does not work. you have to provide treatment. i know that is against a.g. you are' gut, but
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wrong, jeff. i have worked on this for 30 years. if you are friends with him, convince him. you have to treat this. -- .2 dante, if you are going to treat this, the current health care bill slashes health and the substance abuse treatment. they are speaking out of two different sides of their mouths. if you want to stop this addiction, you have got to treat it. research study after research study shows that, and you cannot/away health care coverage for the very people you're lash away cannot s health care coverage for the for people, you're voters, those substances they crave. they will get treatment. host: the latest version of the health care bill provides $45 andion for opioid addiction
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treatment. that is up from $2 billion that was in the original senate plan. version with $45 billion, but looking to take away about a billion dollars from medicaid over the course -- a large number of that, a quarter of those funds used provide drug-related opioid care to millions of americans. your thoughts on that? that specificity is what people need. that $45 billion pales in the --ht of the $800 billion $800 billion in medicaid cuts. that will be millions of people who will not be able to go to their primary care physicians, get the initial treatment to get the additional mental health treatment that they need -- there is no question that millions of people who need treatment for substance abuse will not be able to get it because they will not be able to access their providers who they previously accessed via medicare and medicaid.
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so this bill is a bait and switch. it is an attempt to get a win in the most cynical way possible. and i really implore every legislator who is listening right now to think about your relatives, your friends, people in your life and your family who are struggling with addictions right now, because almost everyone has one. you have to think about. you have to think of your constituents, the people of this country, and not this narrow, cynical, partisan attempt to legislate. host: on twitter, one of those will be voting on the senate on thursdayhis week "no amount of grant funding will fix the fact that trumpcare cut medicaid, the main way we cut the opioid epidemic." mike in ohio, one of the states that has been particularly hard impacted by the opioid crisis. good morning. caller: good morning, how are you?
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.ost: doing well, how are you go ahead. caller: this is like a repeat of history, as i consider this ongoing fascist does the production wrapped around the twilight zone. let's think back to the iran-contra crisis. at that time, the streets were flooded with cocaine, and what was the cia doing? gunsng weapons and machine were cocaine and south america. that was back in the 1980's. and then comes the axis of evil and 9/11, and the patriot act, and citizens united. and now we have this opioid epidemic, and we are at afghanistan for 15 years now, got our soldiers guarding the heroin field. -- and we have a shipping magnate
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in china related to our majority senate leader that sends the cargoes containers and, -- in and the c-130s. back in the 1980's, those plans would fly over my house at treetop level, and i do not know where they were going. like i say, this is a fascist, ongoing disney production wrapped around the twilight zone, and we have citizens united, all of this bribe money -- who is getting rich off of this? who is getting poor, who is getting punished, and who is making out? connects the dots. , new jersey. has been affected by opioid addiction. good morning. caller: good morning, thank you for make -- taking my call. my ability to talk on as a pales -- pales in comparison to the
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last two colors, but opioid addiction cannot the incarcerated away. i wondered if we could talk about the pnp program. i have been on opioids for 20 years because of multiple surgeries on my spine. the pnp prescription monitoring is something that has been put in place by the government, and it is absolutely -- i cannot think of the words to say how bad it is. i was in the hospital in january, and they absolutely for cancercept patients, refused to give out opioids to people that are ,rying, old ladies, old men screaming and crying in pain. do you have any information on the prescription monitoring program, or can any of the callers call in and tell us how we might be able to impact it
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and reverse it? it is a bad, bad thing. host: i can tell you that opioid are prescribed far less in the united states than just a few years ago, this analysis coming from the wall street journal. the amount of opioids described in 2015 was still more than triple levels in 1999, and it buried by county, but analyzing percent ofenting 88 usa prescriptions, the cdc found the amount of opioid prescriptions peaked in 2010, and then declined in 2015. betweenlined by 13.1% 2012 and 2015. you are saying that is not necessarily a good thing? caller: right. people are suffering terribly horrifically, as any of the listeners have experienced, and i -- the other thing i'm finding
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out is that many people do not know about the pmp -- pnp. they have databases with our names and what kind of information is being collected on us. i talked to a pharmacist yesterday, and he said it is really out of hand. guest: perhaps -- host: perhaps a good topic for another section of the "washington journal." good morning. caller: good morning. i don't have any information about the drugs and that. i wanted to give hope to people that have pain. there is something you can do that cost less than $20. you can try it for one or two weeks or maybe even a month depending on how long your pain has been. there is a book by williams a mc
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carey md. with oilled -- success treatment. it works good. how did you come across this book? caller: 425 years, we have been watching natural health treatm ents. my husband and i do not drink lots ofigh fructose, different things. we eat healthy foods. years to help5 our bodies because there are so , andchemicals in the food all of this as trigger points for people's bodies. host: have you ever gone to the doctor and the option was there for pain treatment? caller: no. host: that hasn't happened to you. caller: no.
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i don't want to talk about me. what i want to talk about is this book and this treatment. it is castor oil. host: we got it out there. eddy has been affected by opioids. baltimore, maryland. good morning. caller: good morning, c-span. i always enjoy joining in on the conversation. host: go ahead. caller: i am a recovering addict. i have been clean for 21 years. drugsince 1996 when a called homicide came through baltimore, it was poisoned. it killed a lot of people. i went and got recovery through the v.a. .'m a vietnam veteran aboard the ship i was on in the navy, i went through a hate
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crime that happened. a lot of racial tension through the years and even today. i want to talk about the health care plan that they're trying to put through, called trump care, and trump it does not care. we need to deal with the affordable care act. we're kind of disappointed as far as health care is concerned in the country. blackeople and neighborhoods where i am from, i watched the devastation of a beautiful community where i am from, and i want congress and the senate to step back where it seems they are targeting poor people. the only way we are going to overcome these drugs is to start dealing with poverty. host: how easy was it to get help in baltimore in 1996? caller: it was very, very difficult.
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i had to leave baltimore. i went to the v.a. in charleston, south carolina. from there i went to a v.a. house for substance abuse. i stayed in that house for a year. it took me a year in that program to beat this thing. host: for people who do not have that access like you did, what were their options in baltimore back then? caller: their options were going into the grams and coming right back to the streets -- into programs and coming right back to the streets. just like leaving the son and allng back to the father, these products, it is more than likely you're going to stay in that cycle of drug addiction because you are using constantly. you're taking one drug away to substituted with another drug
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that substitute it with another drug. host: thank you. anthony is in new york. caller: good morning. thank you for this opportunity. i would like to draw your attention to an article on may 20, 2001. a news reporter from the new york times had written a story that mentioned stephen castella, the assistant administrator for the drug enforcement administration in washington pointed out that the first -- concluded that they appeared to have what do the world's largest poppy crop was wiped out in one year. the drug control program in afghanistan that controls about three quarters of the world's ended in oneion
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season. it was four months later that we u.s. invaded after 9/11. when you connect the dots, empirical evidence with the banks, citibank, goldman, i don't remember the banks, it was pointed out they were laundering billions and billions of dollars of drug proceeds illegally. collapsedlmost because of it. the empirical evidence points to the fact that the u.s. is part of the problem. it seems once they banned the poppy, the pharma cartels would not have it. that is why we invaded afghanistan. most of the people i know using drugs now are getting been in pill form. it is horrible. it is affecting all of us, our families and friends.
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i appreciate c-span discussing this and hope you will look further into what i spoke of. that was the headline of the new york times. host: i will look it up. thank you for bringing it up. a caller was talking about treatment options, what was available back then at the governor's meeting summer conference. republican chris sununu of new hampshire spoke about the options for recovery programs. here is what he had to say. [video clip] >> we are finding so many folks out there want to enter the workforce going through recovery in treatment. last year i had about 700 employees. we dealt with this all the time. we were in the north country of new hampshire where we did not have all the resources of southern new hampshire.
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we had to design our own systems where we were training our hr staff where employees would feel comfortable coming to talk to us knowing they had an issue, knowing we would not just fire them. something that occurred to me when i became governor was to create a recovery friendly workforce for employers. we are training hr staff, making sure employers know what resources are available. you go to a guy who owns a diner, and he says i knew so-and-so had an issue, and eventually he told me he was addicted to fence in all, and i had to let him go -- addicted to fentynal, and i had to let him go. that was bad for both of them. it is encouraging folks to come out of the woodworks.
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i know i am going to reenter the workforce in a way with an employer that is going to be supportive. that is the hardest thing coming out of recovery, knowing you will have the support system bute, not just from family, when you go to work every day you will be in a place where people will understand it. they will know the tools and resources available to broaden that support experience, which does not take six months or year but sometimes a lifetime of challenges. getting folks out of the workforce is a win-win because it is dealing with some of our workforce shortages as well as helping the lifelong process, the community process of recovery. host: we are taking your calls this morning. if you have been affected by opioid addiction, (202) 748-8000
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. if you are a medical professional, (202) 748-8001. all others, (202) 748-8002. king george, urging it. good morning. -- king george, virginia. good morning. caller: my son lost six of his friends in a six-month. it rocked his world. we were talking about it yesterday. he said, if i said something, instead of keeping it secret, maybe he would be alive today. host: how old? caller: 19 and 20. host: they were brothers -- and i'm -- caller: 19 and 20. they were brothers. they were from the same family. heroin lastid
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weekend, and he went out and told everyone. he is on lockdown. he thinks he may be saved his life. don't keep secrets. another guy i have been given a ride to work to, he was telling me about all the people in my neighborhood that do heroin that i don't even know. this girl who just had a baby, right after she had the baby, she was right back onto it. walks in our town, and he says it is just riddled with needles. even with the needle exchange programs, users feel like the cops are sitting there watching them. i don't know if that is true. that is the impression they have. i know another guy that every morning goes to get the drug that you take, methadone or
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whatever it is. the problem is without any kind of assistance, you never get off those programs. he has been going for years. my son's remake has been on that methadone program for a long time. my son has been helping him get it off of that completely just encouraging him to stop. you don't need it. host: did you have a conversation with your son about it, the dangers, or are you learning about the dangers from him? caller: it is just so prevalent now. i am so happy that my son is very open with me. he said, i am i going to do that mom. i have seen people died. i have seen people go from being bank, as to robin bing a
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cvs. he is not interested in doing any of that, thank god. maybe if his friend had not died, he might be on it. because of that experience, it really shook him up. he was like, no way. it is really scary. if you know someone that has a problem, don't keep their secrets because you might keep it long enough for them to kill themselves. host: thank you for the call. a few tweaks on this topic. "what the war on drugs does to all drugs. the 40's propaganda is still in effect." johnny depp on twitter, the opioid crisis is decimating my community. we need a law enforcement driven war on smack.
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getting your thoughts and comments. if you have been affected by opioids, (202) 748-8000. medical professionals, (202) 748-8001. all others, (202) 748-8002. emma has been affected in north carolina. good morning. caller: good morning. thank you for the opportunity. i would like to say that it is hard to separate opioids and of theillness because lack of treatment, especially in north carolina. we have seen too many of our friends lose their loved ones. we have really poor mental health and opioid health care. i cannot believe in washington
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it seems more like a dictatorship where one side does not want to engage the other side. it is more like they are driving a wedge in the nation. i would say, someone from culture, that is extremely dangerous. i always wonder why america doesn't want its people to have when it's people benefit economical and well-being. i think we are on a path destruction really, looking from an outside culture. that one wake up and senator at least will not vote for this, and that will be richard burr. i will hope that the senator from arizona will not vote for
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mccain.nator he has suffered a lot and knows he needs to not vote for this bill. this is outrageous. i think we are on the verge of single-payer. that will be of benefit to our nation. i really appreciate c-span. keep on talking. mental health or substance abuse or opioids needs to get health care. host: got your point. you mentioned washington mdc, on the issue of the opioid crisis. president donald trump establishing a commission on the issue on march 29 to study ways responsee the federal
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to the opioid epidemic. chris christie is the chairman of that committee. the group was supposed to submit a report within 90 days according to that executive order. politico noting that the release of the report was pushed back to july 17 and now has been pushed to july 31 according to their website. we will see what comes out of that. schenectady, new york. go ahead. caller: good morning. i will be quick. six years ago, i had an accident, fell off a ladder. broke all my reds, cracked my cracked- all my ribs, up,kull, as soon as i woke i was conscious, i kicked the
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pain medication right away. i did not want any part of that. pain is part of life. where is the heavy hand of the law coming down on this? prescription drugs, even if you abuse them, that is illegal. these pharmaceutical companies on tv pushing drugs. nobody comes up to me saying here is some cocaine, marijuana. nobody does that. if i want it, i go find it. since when did death, side -- didfor prescription side effect for prescription drugs? i find that hilarious. oxycontin iser of suing the pharmaceutical firm. the lawsuits are all different.
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some include other from cynical companies --pharmaceutical companies. theytate of oklahoma said increased opioid sales by encouraging doctors to expand the niche beyond cancer patients. something to keep an eye on, those lawsuits. thanks for the call. tennessee, affected by opioids. good morning. caller: good morning. i have a little unusual story. according to the medical profession, amerco. i had an accident when i was 50. i broke my leg really bad. i was told i would never walk on it.
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i proved them wrong. wrecked, both knees need replacements. they thought i had fibromyalgia. rd.romyalgia is ha it is so broad. i had to retire after working 37 years at 55 years old. at first i was not taking oxycontin, then the pain management dr. started prescribing oxycontin. every time you go back in, are you still hurting? yeah. let's bump it up. i was up to 320 milligram 20lets a day -- up to three
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milligrams tablets a day. my daughter and i have always been close. ain onrought such a str our relationship. she could see what it was doing to me mentally and the pressure opioids caused. oxycontin was never designed as a magnet medication, it was for short-term use. doctors hand them out like they are candy. .ou are miserable then you get depression from the pain medication. host: how long were you on it? caller: close to two years. host: how did you stop? was it an addiction at that point? caller: let me give you a little history. my daughter tried to get me to go to a hospital on friday.
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i do not remember this. saturday night she could not get in touch with me. sunday morning she could not. my son-in-law said let's go check on her. they found me collapsed on the floor. i had vomited all over the bed. i aspirated, which caused double pneumonia in both lungs. the emergency people did not think i would make it to the hospital. everything was shutting down. fluid had a lot of collected in me like when your deceased. when i got to the hospital, they told my daughter there is no --nce of further than. chance of her living. for five or six days, i would be somewhat lucid. no idea where i lived.
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i had lived in that house for 30 years. could not tell you what year it was. nothing. oxygen was hard to stay on my face. neededuble pneumonia, i all the oxygen i could get. with your recovery, if you were to be in the hospital again, if you were offered opioids, would you do it again? caller: well, no. not for long-term use. fibromyalgia medications dry your mouth up and destroy your teeth. i spent $20,000 on crowns. for the dental work, they prescribed maybe 14 oxycontin.
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thankfully, i did not have addiction. i cannot sleep because pain. are allt shift kids young, they asked, don't you sleep? i have insomnia. i only sleep a few hours and i. night.s a the next night i popped up in the bed and knew everybody and everything. host: glad you are still with us. thank you for sharing your story. time for a few more calls. tony is a medical professional in louisiana. go ahead. caller: i am a retired medicaid worker who heard from pharmacists and physicians that are convinced that opioids in
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the medicaid area and private sector have been turned into a currency. they are the money. you have had so many callers today that have told so many different sides to the story that it all comes together that opioids are a currency now. caller who sounded like he was so far out from talking to us about afghanistan and the poppy growth, during the last administration they were protected if you look at how much money was invested into protecting the farms out of sympathy that that was their only form of income. you will see how the united states, the banks, they all got involved. level, thea personal
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pharmacies are calling medicaid offices and saying that medicaid recipients are requesting namebrand drugs even though they cost out-of-pocket money. they get a free visit to the doctor and then ask for namebrand oxycontin opioids and distribute them in the parking lot of the pharmacies. police are overwhelmed. the doctors are telling us that some of their aging, arthritic clients are being escorted by other people who are asking for the opioids and filling the prescriptions. it is a currency. we need to address it as such. i believe there was a racial and
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and nol abstinence attention given for a while. we work with pain. as some of your callers have said, and i understand those prescription drugs were designed for people that are working, not the ones sitting at home smoking marijuana and now telling us that you can run but you cannot hide. tweets, " theher opioid crisis did not come from afghanistan, mexico, central america, but the boardrooms of drug companies." saying, "anderful ddiction is an illness and should be treated just like any
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others." a couple of other news stories before we end this segment. james comey, former fbi director who was fired in may, is writing a book about his experience in public service, including his tumultuous and brief tenure in the trump administration. he has been meeting with publishers in new york recently. all the major publishing houses have expressed a keen interest. one other story to point you to, the names of the marine and navy sailors that died last week in the worst accident they have had in a decade released their names and service ranks and some of their stories. elliott, gunnery
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sergeant mike hopkins, staff sergeant joshua snowden, corporaljulian jevian, sergeantltazar, staff robert cox, staff sergeant william kundrak, sergeant taylor --ryan lowery. of some ofhe names the soldiers killed in that accident. that will do it for our first segment of "washington journal" today. up next, we talk about the security of the u.s. energy grid. we talked to blake s
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obczak of in the news. -- e&e news. newsmakers interviewed eliot engel. ae reporter asked him about bill on russian sanctions. [video clip] >> the senate passed the vote with 91 votes that has been stalled in the house for a while. this morning, nancy pelosi announced democrats were willing votesp their procedural in order to let it move forward. what sparked the change? >> what i did was put in a bill that nears to a word exactly -- that mirrors to a word exactly the bill that passed the u.s. senate.

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