Opioids: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses the extent and root of the nation’s epidemic of opioid addiction. Connect with Last Week Tonight online… Subscribe to the Last Week …


  1. As harsh as it may sound, when it comes to dealing with drugs like opioids, the goal of a physician is not to eliminate pain. It is only to reduce it to a manageable level. I have worked for many healthcare providers who have such stipulations in their drug policies and try their best to explain this to patients. Sometimes you get the short straw in life. To keep you safe, it is often better to limit your access to dangerous drugs even if it means not being able to eliminate your pain entirely.

    I still work in healthcare. I have seen a marked difference between patients using oxy responsibly, and those who rely perhaps too heavily on these drugs. They will use language like "I will kill myself if I can't have these pills." It's heartbreaking, and a difficult situation to deal with, but ultimately an opioid addiction is more dangerous to a patient than their pain is.

  2. I don’t understand how any of this is actually funny let alone funny enough to squak like a seal

  3. This video is informative but where do these Pharmaceutical companies get the main ingredient in these various types of opioids.. where is this stuff cultivated how is it transported how is it regulated.. what is the cost if you really want to be a journalist do an in depth video on that. Including heroin

  4. This is why we invaded Afghanistan and if I remember correctly almost 20 years later we are still over there.

  5. Also….naloxone is a band aide…it isn't a cure. You MUST make people's lives better…but America will never do that. This would take us raising the minimum wage, making public housing cheap, free health care, and therapy…you know helping people…thats not what we do in America.

  6. You still aren't addressing the problem Jon. Research how Sweden dealt with their opiod problem…that will give you some insight. Dealing with the roots of why people turn to opiods to check out of life is the key to all of this. America just throws people in jail…the worst thing you can do to 'treat' someone.

  7. The Sackelr Family was the major main cause of the opiod epidemic. search them out on youtube, great doc shows how it went down and where its at today.

  8. My grandfather had end stage cancer and his doctor refused to give him an opiate stronger than hydrocodone. Which is one of the weakest opiate they can prescribe. The doctor said he wasn't comfortable giving him anything stronger because(and I shit you not). "It could cause respiratory failure and there was too great a risk for addiction." He had a few months to live and had made peace with the fact that he was about to die and the doctor is worried that the drugs could kill him or cause him to hear physically addicted!? WTF! So for 2 months I watched as my second father suffered. It would have been so easy for his doctor to give him oxycodone or even morphine. Finally someone was forced to go buy heroin for him on the streets. So thanks to the fact that heroin is cheap and easy to get he only suffered for two months rather than 4. How fucked up is that? Not to mention it's my personal opinion that people should be allowed to put anything they want in their body. As long as they aren't hurting anyone else. Portugal legalized all drugs and addiction rates, crimes and drug related deaths went way down. Not to mention that the spread of infectious diseases from sharing needles is practically non existent now. Prior to that Portugal had more drug related crimes and deaths than almost any country in the world. So when you legalize drugs like opiates, yes those things do go way down. People actually stopped committing crimes to get high and there were no more street dealers fighting each other or putting fentanyl in heroin or arsenic in cocaine. I know that people think that if you legalize drugs more people are going to go out and start using. Portugal showed that the only thing that happens is you create fewer criminals. I certainly wouldn't start shooting heroin or snorting coke just because it's legal. Unless like my grandfather I was in tremendous pain and needed it. We should take the millions and millions of dollars we waste yearly on the "war on drugs" and use it to help addicts get the help they need and help them reintegrate into society. Not throw them in jail and make it nearly impossible for them to ever have a normal life again. I've seen family members lives ruined because the health care and legal system failed them when they needed help. So lets stop treating addicts like lepers and give them a real chance at reclaiming their lives. Making drugs illegal just creates more criminals it doesn't actually fix the problem. If you read all of this then thank you. Regardless of whether or not you agree with me.

  9. omg love your accent!! your funny as hell.. thanks for the laugh even if this is 2 years ago! 🧡❤️💚💜💙

  10. The NRA has the solution. More guns. If more people die in mass shootings, eventually, less of them will die of their opioid addiction. Plus they won't feel stressed by their student debt anymore thanks to the opioids.

  11. This shit got my life all fucked up cannot live with or without. Fml I'm thinking to use suboxone hopefully that turns around my life away from this shit.. I got Addicted bc I have 3 Herniated Disc lower s4s5 and s1 since my Accident 2013 I'm still taking these pills.

  12. 12:45 Anyone care to explain this joke? I don't know the person, nor how deep irony would turn her into steam even metaphorically. Unless, I don't know, she had a song about how she is a life-form of solid matter.

  13. People who actually need help from opioids now cannot get them due to this widespread abuse. Or, they cannot get them in large enough quantities and strengths to actually alleviate their pain. Often, their pain is only mitigated. If the drug companies had not been so greedy and the doctors so unprofessional until people were actually dying from overdoses, the people who are actually in pain would not be suffering like many of them are.

    Many pain doctors are now afraid to prescribe opioids strong enough and in enough quantities to actually help their patients. Not their fault actually. Certainly it's not the fault of the people in acute or chronic pain. It is, however, the fault of the drug companies and the greedy doctors who prescribed without qualifying their patients. The unnecessary suffering of these patients is on them.

  14. Problem: happens
    John Oliver: so this country-wide hot mess is happenin', eh? I wonder what the multi-national corporations are doing this week?

    whole 3 days pass

    John's jaw drops in utter horror


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