THE YWTN PODCAST
NORMAN J CLEMENT RPH., DDS, NORMAN L.CLEMENT PHARM-TECH, MALACHI F. MACKANDAL PHARMD, BELINDA BROWN-PARKER, IN THE SPIRIT OF JOSEPH SOLVO ESQ., INC.T. SPIRIT OF REV. C.T. VIVIAN, JELANI ZIMBABWE CLEMENT, BS., MBA., IN THE SPIRIT OF THE HON. PATRICE LUMUMBA, IN THE SPIRIT OF ERLIN CLEMENT SR., WALTER F. WRENN III., MD., JULIE KILLINGWORTH, LESLY POMPY MD., NANCY SEEFELDT, WILLIE GUINYARD BS., JOSEPH WEBSTER MD., MBA, BEVERLY C. PRINCE MD., FACS., NEIL ARNAND, MD., RICHARD KAUL, MD., LEROY BAYLOR, JAY K. JOSHI MD., MBA, ADRIENNE EDMUNDSON, ESTER HYATT PH.D., WALTER L. SMITH BS., IN THE SPIRIT OF BRAHM FISHER ESQ., MICHELE ALEXANDER MD., CUDJOE WILDING BS, MARTIN NJOKU, BS., RPH., IN THE SPIRIT OF DEBRA LYNN SHEPHERD, BERES E. MUSCHETT, STRATEGIC ADVISORS
THE WRENN WRAPP, MD., REPORT
Walter F. Wrenn III M.D
A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING
There have been many theories surrounding addiction. There have been papers written by so-called experts who sight statistics to back them up.
A medical specialist with board certification in pain and addiction has been established. Recommendations and laws have been enacted without a clear understanding of the problem.
Health care providers have been arrested and convicted of violations of these laws and recommendations. Despite all the actions taken deaths from addiction continue to rise.
Individuals continue to be deprived of adequate pain medication causing them to either go to the streets for relief overdose and die or commit suicide because the pain is too unbearable.
These individuals are ignored when reporting deaths from a drug overdose. As a person who grew up in the inner city, I had a front-row seat watching the consequences of addiction.
The idea that opiate prescription medication is responsible for the opiate epidemic ignores the actual truth.
ADDICTED TO HEROIN
In 1954 I saw people who were addicted to heroin. One of my friends was curious.
The young lady who was the object of his curiosity first tried to discourage him. Eventually, she decided to help him experience injecting himself with heroin. I watched this event as the heroin was being prepared in a spoon and drawn into a syringe.
The tourniquet a rubber tube was tied tightly around his arm. The needle was inserted and the tourniquet was released. The heroin was slowly pushed by the young lady into his vein.
He started to feel the effects of the heroin and then entered into a euphoric state. He said I should try it. I told him he was crazy and I wasn’t putting anything into my body. I remember that event until this day. This individual was a good student.
He finished high school and was accepted to Lincoln University in Oxford but his addiction was so severe eventually he was dismissed from Lincoln moved to California and battled this addiction for his entire life.
Most addictions begin to like my friends. Curiosity and recreational use. Today it may begin with the use of a parent’s opiate pain medication left in the medicine cabinet. Again curiosity and recreational.
The how and why can be debated. Ignored and not discussed even by physicians is the physiological action of opiates on the body and brain and the role of opiate receptors found in the body and brain.
Without this knowledge and understanding, no one can accurately talk about the cause of opiate addiction or how to treat it.
UNDERSTANDING THE MU RECEPTOR
Since the first opiate receptor, the Mu receptor was not discovered until 1972 any study before 1972 about addiction can’t be accepted by the medical community or the general public.
Also making studies more difficult is that it is almost impossible to study this unreliable group of individuals.
To properly address the problem of addiction, we need to examine our prior thinking and conclusions that have caused great harm to patients and health care providers.
We have to determine the physiological action of not only the Mu receptor but the Delta and Sigma receptors. Let’s study the problem first then do the appropriate clinical trials and then offer solutions.
Walter F. Wrenn III M.D
FOR NOW, YOU ARE WITHIN