On Wednesday, during a speech to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa Bay, Attorney General Jeff Sessions shared his solution to the opioid crisis. He suggested that those in pain should take some aspirin and “tough it out.”
Sessions was there to talk about the administration’s attempt to solve the opioid crisis. Sessions also criticized doctors for giving their patients too many addictive painkillers.
Sessions stated, “I am operating on the assumption that this country prescribes too many opioids.” He continued, “People need to take some aspirin sometimes and tough it out.”
He then continued to talk about how White House Chief of Staff John Kelly didn’t take any opioids after a recent minor surgery.
He said while imitating Kelly’s voice, “He goes, ‘I’m not taking any drugs.’ But, I mean, a lot of people — you can get through these things.”
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In the same speech, he criticized marijuana as a gateway drug for people to get addicted to opioids. However, studies prove otherwise.
According to a 2016 study, there were significantly decreased opioid overdose deaths in states that had legalized medical marijuana.
Below are some reactions to Sessions’ comment:
Little Jeff Sessions had obviously never been in chronic pain. Let him live a week with what I endure day in and day out. He’ll be singing a different tune. He should legalize marijuana for people in chronic pain so they can wean off of opiods.
— Randy Ferrell (@rpdandy) February 8, 2018
I may not play a doctor on TV, but I am a real one, and I think
Jeff Sessions is the worst man in America to be giving medical advice or creating health care policy. https://t.co/bWlptaYxr9
— M Basel (@mitchellbasel) February 8, 2018
Yes, we have a very serious opioid problem, but you know what? Jeff Sessions is full of shit. He’s obviously never known ANYONE who deals with debilitating chronic pain every day. What he says here is inexcusable, even shameful: https://t.co/96ZoG3euIL
— Terry Teachout (@terryteachout) February 9, 2018
Been a nurse for 23 yrs, mostly cardio + hospice.
Let that MF get sickle cell, pancreatitis, arthritis, bowel obstruction, gout, an infection in his heart, increased intracranial pressure, a broken hip, kidney stones, bone cancer, etc, & let’s see if he can tough it out on ASA
— OneofMany (@___WeThePeople_) February 8, 2018
He should have a spinal birth defect to live with. Good grief. https://t.co/cJenkeqM1W
— Heather Champion (@winningatmylife) February 9, 2018
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