7. There will be no quick or easy fix.
“We have to approach this problem with the recognition that we have both a supply problem and a demand problem,” Runyon says. “We must address supply problems from both illicit drug suppliers and pharmaceuticals. We have prescription opioids getting into the wrong hands. We have to evaluate this at every level from production to prescribing and close the holes. Increasingly we need to address the problem of synthetic opioids that are being shipped to the doorsteps of addicts from overseas. Addiction always feeds upon opportunity. When prescription opioids became more difficult to get, addiction moved to illicit drugs such as heroin. There is now some movement to drugs available via the Internet. We cannot be myopic in our approach if we want to make a difference.”