Federal policy is unquestionably making the nation’s opioid problem worse — while also inflicting collateral damage on Americans in genuine need of pain medication.A search of Google for "Episcopal Church Statement on Opioids" listed this as its top reference.
And this disaster is being further driven by a myth that has gained additional credence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest guidelines for prescribing opioids.
The myth: that lax prescription of opioid drugs, such as oxycodone, is a primary driver of addiction. This notion has triggered a nationwide crackdown on these prescriptions in the name of preventing addiction and saving lives, an action that has been a catastrophe by almost any measure.
Well, that's the greater church. They have their own priorities. However, individual parishes are doing what they can in their own states, from Massachusetts to Ohio to Tennessee, which is the way it should be.