Are We Really Doing No Harm?
Drugs in America 2011
WHO, WHAT & WHY?
For the first time in history, more people died last year from accidental overdose of prescription drugs than from accidental overdose of illegal drugs.
Approximately 3,000 times a month a person presents in an emergency room in the United States dead from drug overdose - usually, young, very often middle class, and almost always by accident, not suicide. Hundreds of people a day present in an emergency room who will live but could have died from drug overdose. Every medical professional will do their best for that patient once they are in the ER. But do they know: Why are they there? When did they start using? Could someone have stopped them? Where did they get the drugs?
Many of these patients never got their drugs from a "dope peddler” in fact; medical professionals were often the inadvertent source of the drugs. These patients got their drugs from medicine chests that most often have drugs sitting in them having been obtained via prescription from a medical professional. How long are we going to let this epidemic of accidental deaths run rampant in the U. S.? Why are kids with an average first-use age of 12-13 using drugs and alcohol? If we were seeing 3,000 people die a month from mesothelioma, there would be a national uproar about asbestos. Today, we are facing what may be the most devastating public health problem of the modern age and we are not talking seriously about it.
Every time a patient dies from a prescription drug overdose, can we all, including medical professionals, look ourselves in the mirror and say “we tried our best?” “First, do no harm” is believed by most physicians and medical professionals around the world to be the most important, fundamental principal of medical ethics. Don’t we have a moral and ethical obligation to do no harm to our society as a whole, as well as to the individual patient presenting to us?
The Drug World of 2011 - our children’s world - is completely different than the world we knew. Kids start much younger than our generation and unlike the old days when it was the “good kids” and a few “druggies” - the current generation exhibits a prevailing pressure on middle school and high school kids today to “do drugs”.
Each year Bob Stutman speaks to thousands of parents and students and works with hundreds of administrators, communities and medical professionals bringing to the forefront the best research and knowledge available organizing and enhancing the information with clarity and purpose to assure that his audience can understand, relate and utilize the results showing us what we’re up against and how we can empower and protect our families and work environment from, what he believes, to be the greatest health issue in our world today.
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What They Say About Bob Stutman
From Physicians, Dentists and other Medical Professionals
“Bravo! Your perspective, experience, energy and intelligence are laser focused.”–Mitchell S. Rosenthal, MD, President of Phoenix House
“Bob Stutman is an American folk hero”–Martin Burgen, Associate Dean, New York Medical Center
“Our Academy has spoken loud and clear on how blessed we all were by your presentation. These approval ratings are over the top for satisfaction in session evaluations by any standard. You can take stock in the fact that with the cross-section of dental leaders, consultants and lecturers in American Academy of Dental Practice Association, these numbers come from highly qualified individuals.”–Dr. Dale Kennedy, Program Chair, AADPA
“Having lost two cousins to drugs and father of three young children, I have a passion for this subject. I am sure you receive many, many e-mails with similar thanks and praise. I just want you to know that you have created a disciple.”–William L. Balanoff, D.D.S., Smileperfect, Private Practice, Assistant Clinical Professor, Post Graduate Prosthodontics, Nova Southeastern University
“I was speaking to Michael Cohen the head of the Seattle Study Club network the other evening. We were discussing different programs and speakers and he spontaneously stated that he felt that of all the non clinical speakers that have spoken to many study clubs, the person that has made the most impact has been Bob Stutman.
Bob, as a friend of yours and thanks to you presented to DEAL Study Club quite a few years ago, has really made a significant impact on many of the members around the country. We just wanted you to know that we appreciate you as a DEAL member recommending such a fantastic speaker, not only to us but to benefit the entire network of study clubs and their local communities. Bob has certainly made a difference and we thank you for recommending him to all of us”–Dr. Stephen Rimer, DDS, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Boca Raton, FL (email from Dr. Stephen Rimer to Dr. Anthony Lewis, DDS, Boca Raton, FL)