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About Our Guest Scott Stevens

Scott Stevens is a journalist, posting regularly on health and alcohol issues for online news services, and is a founding influencer at the world's largest medical portal, HealthTap.

He blends intensive evidence-based research, wit, journalistic objectivity, blunt personal dialogue and no-nonsense business perspective in his four award-winning health and addiction books.

Scott’s book, Look What Dragged the Cat in: The Rise of an Opioid Crisis, was released at the International Conference on Addiction Therapy & Clinical Reports in Paris, France last fall.

The book caps two-years of research by the Scott into the escalation of opioid overdoses.  The same root cause of every drug 'crisis' observed; Cocaine in the 1980s, heroin in the 1920s and 1970s, and between the two prior heroin crises, a methamphetamine crisis in the 1950s, the thread cinching all of them together is alcohol.

The decade of the 2010s shelled hospitals and first responders with an explosion of opioid-related illness, injury, and death.  Preventable drug overdoses tallied 54,793 lives lost in 2016 – an increase of 391 percent since 1999. Accidental drug overdose deaths increased 327 percent over the same period.

The majority of OD deaths (38,000) involve opioids.  The drug category most frequently involved in opioid overdoses and growing at the fastest pace includes fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol.  The fentanyl category of opioids accounted for nearly half of opioid-related deaths.  The dirty cat in the litter, heroin, accounted for the second highest number of deaths, claiming 14,606 lives.

Legislative attempts to curb the use of potentially lethal drugs resemble shooting an arrow and then drawing a target around where it hit.  Locking up dealers and traffickers, creating prescription databases and prescribing limits, and promoting Narcan availability all deal with control of the supply and its aftermath.  The demand is unchanged. Within a cultural adoration of the buzz, our current crisis can only be curbed by control of the demand.  If a drug user wants a drug, they will get that drug. It's the American freedom thing.

I invite you to listen to my interview with Scott Stevens. Our conversation will be about his life’s journey, and his latest book, Look What Dragged the Cat in: The Rise of an Opioid Crisis.

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An American morphine crisis in the 1860s, cocaine in the 1890s, heroin in the 1910s, methamphetamines in the 1950s, another heroin crisis in the 1970s, back to cocaine in he 1980s, another trip back to meth in the 2000s, and a prediction for a return to meth and cocaine again after the current opioid crisis ebbs.  Drugmakers, dope dealers and physicians didn't incubate crisis after crisis.  Their hands aren't clean, but they're not as dirty as the public perceives.  The public misinterpretation stems from its own love affair with the cheapest, easiest to get, most lethal drug: Alcohol.  Every drug death from every crisis has one thing in common: They are all alcohol-related. Look What the Cat Dragged In takes a deep dive into the opioid crisis, the suspects, the failed solutions, and the way out.

You can purchase Scott Steven's book here.

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