America's opioid crisis has been years in the making, starting at the beginning of this century and ramping up over the last two decades with the medical professions indiscriminate monitoring of pain management. Lax rules have made it easy for consumers to get their hands on powerful prescription opioid pain killers almost at will which has only fueled this crisis.

In working 24 years as a veterinarian, a profession that also includes DEA licensed prescribers of controlled substances, I've witnessed firsthand the toll that opioid addiction has taken on my own colleagues as many became addicted to opioid pain killers they work with on a daily basis.

What are some of the solutions I believe necessary to break the cycle?

Extreme leftist organizations like Codepink are calling for America's High Schools to drop the US Army's JROTC program! "Take the war machine out of schools” is just their latest battle cry in an all-out assault against American's 2nd amendment rights.

 

The Junior Reserve Officers Training Program, identified as villainous by leftists & the media alike, was created by Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson (D) in 1916 as part of the National Defense Act. More than 300,000 High School and Middle School students from every walk of life have benefited from the character building, service values and leadership training offered by instructors retired from active military duty.

 

When shots rang out at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, while Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson fled to safety, three JROTC students using the training they'd received helped save the lives of fellow classmates. Cadets Alaina Petty, 14, and Martin Duque, 13, saved lives by shielding others with bulletproof Kevlar sheets while the third JROTC member, 14 Year old Cadet Peter Wang, sacrificed his life while holding open a door open and guiding his classmates to safety. Peter was wearing his JROTC uniform when he died with more honor than every member of Codepink has combined! The US Army has honored all three Cadets for saving the lives of many fellow students.


Isn't it time the extreme left starts looking for actual problems to solve instead of trying to create problems where they don't exist?

I was raised in that kind of family. You know the one, think rural America!

 

Growing up on a farm and working with neighbors as a kid, you learned to help neighbors in need with no questions asked. That spirit led me into medicine first as an EMT & Firefighter then ultimately choosing to enter Veterinary school to combine my love for animals and medicine.

 

I've never lost that country kid desire to help animals OR people in need. Whether its serving my community as a Planning Commisioner & City Councilman or diving into a moving car in the midst of freeway traffic to rescue somebody I've never met, service means giving it your all without expecting anything in return. Values I've also worked hard as a parent to instill in my 3 sons.

Long before the FBI failure, the Broward County Sheriff failure and the Florida social services system failure - Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz was failed by his school and fellow students. That may be an unpopular opinion, but hear me out.

 

History tells us that most teenaged school shooters are shunned loaners who are more often than not ostracized & bullied by their fellow students. They are outsiders looking to punish the people they view as pushing them out.

People who know me would certainly agree that while I'm fiscally conservative, I tend to lean very libertarian on social issues.

 

Respect for individual rights is essential in peaceful societies and individuals should be free to follow their own dreams in their own ways, without interference from government as much as possible. I believe in defending each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest so long as they do not interfere with the rights of others.

 

With that in mind, there was a newsworthy event that caught my attention & ire yesterday:

Democrats in D.C. voted to block terminally ill patients from seeking any possible lifesaving treatments they may desire but that the government doesn't consider “approved”. Considering how in favor the Democratic Party is of euthanasia & abortion, it’s clear they’re the party of misery & death but that's a topic for another day.

 

How can any elected leader in good conscience deny a dying person trying to prolong their life, even one more day, the right to make choices for themselves? Any of us with medical background can tell you from experience that sometimes just the hope or promise of a potential cure often boosts the spirits enough to allow a cancer patient to prolong their fight. Maybe long enough to see a grandchild born or a daughter married? I for one am tired of a government in Washington D.C. that operates outside of the principles of individual's rights and self-determination.

Are you with me?

 

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We need a free market, patient-centered health care system that puts patients first, encourages competition, allows consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, and expands health savings accounts.

When the government runs healthcare, no one is held accountable, there’s no competition, quality of care suffers and prices skyrocket. We must look at the insurance differently. You do not carry car insurance to cover routine maintenance, why do we expect health insurance to? When we force insurance to cover routine visits or treatments, the costs of those treatments skyrocket and premiums follow suit. As a result, health care is overused without any measurable improvement in health outcomes.




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