The CDC reporting on Tuesday - that deaths from prescription painkillers have reached EPIDEMIC levels.
So much so - that more people are dying from prescription drug abuse than from cocaine or heroin combined!
"The majority of those are unintentional overdose deaths. Where people are NOT trying to kill themselves. But it's typically from non medical use."
That's Dr. Christopher Jones, a Health Scientist with the CDC - speaking with Scott at WERC in Birmingham.
When Dr. Jones says "non medical use" he means the situation where people are using the drug to get high, or for the feeling that it causes.
Some 15,000 people die every year from prescription drug overdoses.
"We do believe that some of those people, were people who were in pain who got these prescriptions originally, who have then subsequently become addicted. But we also know a high percentage of the people who die from drug overdoses from prescription pain killers have a substance use disorder or other mental health disorder."
How can we manage or control this problem better?
"I think the way we can really make an improvement to start reversing the epidemic, is to have healthcare providers really select the patients who these drugs are used in. We've seen over the last decade or so a fourfold increase in the sale of these drugs, and they're quite commonly used without fully understanding the risk. And we believe that if we can improve how they are prescribed, we can reduce the number of people who are overdosing and dying, but we can also make sure that those patients who actually need it, can get it."
Buzzing right along...
Security checks on the U.S. Northern Border are being scaled back by the U.S. Border Patrol.
"My immediate reaction when I hear something like this, you would think - well the Northern border, we don't have the problems there that we hear about along our southern border with Mexico. However, when it comes to other bad guys wanting to enter this country; I'm talking terrorists who want to kill us; is this a good idea to have such a relaxed attitude on the northern border."
"We absolutely shouldn't have a relaxed attitude on the northern border, you're absolutely right."
That's Gary Shiffman, Former Chief of Staff, U.S. Customs and Border Protection within the Department of Homeland Security speaking with Forrest at WREC in Memphis.
According to Shiffman:
"There's different types of threats that we face. You know, there's threats from migrant workers to the economy, the economic threats, but there's criminal and terrorist threats, and clearly they're the high risk threats are certainly a raid along the northern border."
If it's so risky, why the shift in policy then?
"What I think we're seeing is a reallocation of resources, and hopefully for us we're seeing the reallocation to the high threat and high risk activities that the border patrol can do. So you've got limited resources, what are you going to do with those resources, and I think that's what we're seeing."
We'll see how long this policy change lasts, if that's the case.
I'm Jessica Curtis, and that's your Talk Radio Buzz from Fox News Radio.