Congress has approved the $6 billion public health initiative

This week, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act. Congress has approved the $6 billion public health initiative, which specifically dedicates $1 billion over the next two years to providing treatment to people suffering from heroin, prescription, or illicit opioid addiction.

I only wish that I would have seen steroid addiction added to that list, because – – as I have been preaching – – testosterone is “The New Drug Addiction.”

As I ask the question, why? Why did I become addicted years ago? Why do others buy into this?  I found Author and editor of Fusion Alexis C. Madrigal’s article, “Why testosterone is the drug of the future. ” Madridal’s extensive and informative article offers the reasons why I continue to maintain that testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is addictive.

TRT is an anabolic androgenous steroid, it can lead to addiction and the current TRT craze will continue. The addictive properties are real and recovery is a battle not to be fought in isolation.

Madrigal states, “These are not merely abstract, philosophical questions. What’s at stake is not only the ethical future of the medical community, but the boundaries of a human life.”

I have talked now with hundreds of people suffering from, or because of another’s, testosterone replacement tragedies. It starts small but the drug, just like tobacco, alcohol and others, wears off. You feel it leaving you. Oh no. You want more.

Madrigal points out the recent change in the medical profession, and it is NOT for the better. “Individual doctors are slowly blurring the edges of acceptable medical practice so that they can provide what their patients want,” he writes.

Author of the book Testosterone Dreams and University of Texas Professor John Hoberman told Madrigal that regulation is impossible. “A new medical model has emerged,” he said. It is “client-centered libertarian medicine.” He adds:  “Could any Tom, Dick, or Harry find a doctor to put them on hormones on the basis of little or no testing evidence? The answer is yes.”

It is a sad irony that anabolic androgenic steroids, testosterone, has become one of the most popular feel-good therapies and at the same time, treatment centers are needed for recovery from the addictive nature of these steroids.

The arguments pro and con for hormone therapy, including testosterone, will continue because of the multi-billion dollar industry that keeps growing. The use of steroids, and testosterone therapies that go back to the thirties and the insertion of goat glands in men and women,  isn’t new. Today’s communication and advertising mediums have given global access to these drugs and some doctors, as well as some pharmaceutical companies are staring at all of this with dollar signs in their eyes.

 

 






One Comment to Congress has approved the $6 billion public health initiative

  1. Caroline Thompson says:

    I agree with you on that Testosterone should have been included in the 6 Billion Public Health Initiative. Testosterone has become another drug that has found its way into the public health system–creating addiction and leaving people caught up in its relentless hold upon their lives just as the opiates and heroin has done. It is a drug so freely prescribed by physicians, PA’s and NP’s without little to any thought of what the consequences will be later for the person its been prescribed for. I foresee an epidemic occurring of enormous proportions in the public realm before the medical community admits there is a “problem” and funding is allocated to treat people who are addicted to it. Its sad that the public’s health has to be harmed before they do anything. That is why it is frustrating to everyone who works in the addiction field because we know its there we see it, but the powers that be are narrow minded and won’t budge until they can’t ignore it any longer.
    I enjoyed reading your article, you are a true advocate, you have lived it and you are educated in the field of addiction.