More transmissible variants and slower rollout of vaccines increase downside risk to herd immunity timeline. Issues include manufacturing and supply chain problems, more infectious variants, slower adoption for vaccines, vaccines proving to be less effective in reducing meaningful transmission.
Opioid epidemic in one chart – correlation conflated with causation
There is no cause-and-effect relationship between prescribing and overdose mortality. But millions of patients are being denied safe and effective pain care.
Seniors over age 62 are prescribed opioids for pain three times more often than youth under age 19. But youth have overdose rates three times higher than seniors. No medical model can explain these demographics.
Source: Richard A Lawhern, PhD, Patient Advocate