Review the opioid crisis wake-up call by dave chase – quiet fury books

The opioid crisis is not an anomaly. Instead, it’s a self-inflicted wound, driven by a catastrophically dysfunctional health care system, leading to what has become the largest public health crisis in 100 years. Fortunately, proven antidotes exist — all created and spearheaded by forward-looking citizen leaders and employers. It’s time to scale these solutions nationwide, stop the crisis in its tracks and move us light years closer to solving the larger disaster that is our health care system.

As you read this, countless people are leaving clinics and hospitals with over 30-day supplies of opioids for lower back pain, and other diagnoses for which opioids have little evidence of helping. Further, people are receiving opioid prescriptions for procedures where evidence-based medicine doesn’t justify such as many spinal procedures and asymptomatic wisdom tooth removal.

We need to mobilize the resources necessary to help those already enslaved by opioid use disorders. At the same time, we also need to turn off the enormous flow of people becoming addicted. Only by traveling upstream to stop addiction before it starts will we ever clean up the opioid crisis–and prevent future floods of addiction.

In The Opioid Crisis Wake-Up Call, Dave Chase explores the already-existing solutions to the largest public health crisis in a 100 years, updating and expanding on the content and themes from his 2017 bestseller, The CEO’s Guide to Restoring the American Dream. Here he uncovers the upstream fixes designed to stop the crisis at its source. Chase’s message is this: resolving the opioid crisis, at the CEO, citizen, and community level, brings us miles closer to fixing the systemic failures of U.S. health care.

By now, I think the majority of people here in the US know that we have a major problem with opioid addiction. Several excellent books have been written on the topic of how we got to this place. With this book, Dave Chase starts where the crisis left us, in a healthcare crisis, and he leads the way out. While the target audience is community leaders and others in leadership positions who are most able to affect change, this book can be read by anyone wanting to understand why the system is so broken and how we can fix it.

The New York Times reported that workers who received high doses of opioid painkillers to treat injuries like back strain stayed off the job three times longer than those with similar injuries who took lower doses. When disability and medical care payments are combined, the cost of a workplace injury is nine times higher when a strong narcotic like OxyContin is used.

This is a complex topic concerning healthcare and politics, and there is just no way to make that kind of content light or, for most of us, particularly fun. But it is absolutely a vital topic that we all need to understand and work to correct. Chase does an excellent job of ripping the system into little pieces, then laying those pieces out for us in a way that makes sense. Once unraveled, he makes this complex topic seem simple, at least at its core.

Whether you’re personally dealing with addiction, you know someone who is, or you’re one of the few whose life hasn’t somehow been touched by opioid addiction, the resulting healthcare crisis hurts us all equally. If you don’t want to tackle all this material yourself, maybe buy a few copies and hand them out to city officials, doctors, church leaders, and anyone else in a position to lead the way toward change.