Letters to the Editor

End talk, act on opioids

The first words I heard on KET one evening were enthusiastically promoting a program on which opioids would be discussed. For the next several weeks, opioids were discussed on KET and, I noticed, every other channel I turned on. It seemed they were a major topic for discussion on television and in every newspaper.

Now, opioids are defined as “a group of natural or synthetic biochemicals... that relieve pain in the same way that opiates do.” As more and more people have misused opioids, they have become a serious problem, and the problem has reached epidemic proportions. Who, I thought, would question that fact?

As I thought a phrase, about 2,000 years old, came to my mind. The solution to this, or any other problem, “is not a matter of talk.” If it were, the problem of opioids would have been solved a long time ago.

This is true for any and all problems. There is a place for talk, but actions speak louder than words. Therefore, words, if they have meaning, must be put into action.

American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said in 1838: “Tell me not in mournful numbers… Act, act in the living present.” Talking does not solve a problem; action is the solution.

Howard Coop