By: Kevin Chiucchini, Co-host
On Thursday's show, Armstrong Williams with his co-host Kevin (Dr. Q), covered a wide range in topics including the North Korea nuclear threat, terrorism in the United States, and finished the conversation with some deeply personal stories from callers struggling with opioid addiction. Armstrong and his co-host were joined by Van Hipp of American Defense International, Inc., Professor Bruce Hoffman from Georgetown University, and Dr. Devon Smith, DMV.
There were some very insightful comments from callers with military experience who explained the reason they had such a hard time trusting President Donald Trump. Some even went as far as comparing Donald Trump to Kim Jong Un, dictator of a country that has diplomatically isolated itself from the world through its repeated threats against our nation. Professor Hoffman seemed to disagree with the callers stating that the United States doesn't starve and kill off its own people. With the majority of the country receiving food and humanitarian aid, and a high percentage of spending directly on its nuclear weapon program, how can someone even try to make a comparison? We have come back to the old argument that if he has one, why shouldn't I have one?The fact is, Kim Jong Un is a direct threat to our democracy and our allies in East Asia. To say that Trump escalated this war wouldn't hold too much water considering they have been secretly developing their nuclear program long before he was in office. It seems likely they would threaten more as they get closer to having a completed and working ICBM with nuclear capabilities.
The conversation took a different turn in the last hour as the hosts and guest Dr. Devon Smith spoke about our nations crippling opioid crisis. Although obvious and receiving plenty of media coverage, why does nothing change? Why do people switch to street drugs knowing the dangers after they were denied or used to quickly their prescription pain medication.
One caller described her doctor prescribing her pain medication, and seemed to place much of the blame on the doctor and drug companies initially. She also stated that her mother had called in the pharmacy and told them about her addiction so she was cut off from her supply. With nowhere else to go, and to not feel dope sick she must travel to a methadone clinic just to feel normal. Armstrong asked her directly, "You know you're an addict, right?". Interestingly enough, the caller agreed completely and said she was.
Ifa doctor prescribed you a large amount of pain medication, would you use the whole amount or have enough self control to take the medication as truly needed. The human mind is a strong force that influences our opinions and decisions in life. When it becomes altered and craves a substance that you can only supply through a doctors prescription, it can create a false narrative and make you feel pain that might not exist. Eventually you are addicted and you do feel physical and emotional pain from not being on your medication. There is no denying that opioids have helped countless amounts of people with issues of pain, but is it always appropriate for a chronic condition knowing you most likely will get addicted? Maybe it's time for the patients to start asking the doctor, "What are my alternatives to prescription pain medication, I'm afraid of developing an addiction".