By Emory Liscord MD
We all have one.
I see the end sequela of addiction every day.
A vented patient with COPD from decades of smoking
An infected toe needing amputation from decades of soda
But judgment usually only is palpable when ….
A patient arrives blue, bloated and apneic from a heroin overdose.
A Narcan kit cost somewhere around 10 bucks.
Lifeflight, a cardiac cath, a week hospital stay plus rehab .. over 50,000
Sure heroin is a problem
But food addiction costs us way more.
1/3 of Medicaid costs goes to treatment of TYPE II diabetes.
Add in the cost of treating
High blood pressure
Until we start recognizing that food can be addictive
Health care costs will continue to rise.
Until we start to recognize that no pill with counteract a poor diet
Health span will continue to decline
We all have addictions.
What are you going to do about it?