A simple question: Was the Opiod Epidemic a direct consequence of the Affordable Care Act? Yes or no? Does anyone have any evidence to substantiate or contradict this theory? I was watching the news a few minutes ago, and it was said that the American opioid epidemic reached its peak in 2016. Here are some facts to chew on: "In 2015, there were more than 2.6 million Americans with opioid use disorder (OUD) . During the same year, more than 33,000 Americans died of overdoses involving one or more opioids, corresponding to an age-adjusted opioid-related death rate of 10.4 per 100,000 —more than triple the rate in 2000 " Evaluating the impact of Affordable Care Act repeal on America's opioid epidemic "Less known, however, is that this growing epidemic has been fueled in part by the manipulation of well-intended federal laws — such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Mental Health Parity Act — by unscrupulous individuals looking to profit on the misery and vulnerability of others. Fueled by new financial benefits in federal law, private drug treatment providers have flourished, as marketers often push individuals with substance use disorder to the warm weather states of Florida, Arizona and California as recovery destinations. The unethical players within the recovery industry see the addict as a valuable commodity and have exploited federal law to foster a cycle of relapse, rather than recovery..." Opportunists Are Exploiting the ACA to Prey on Opioid Addicts "A Republican senator says the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act helped ignite the opioid crisis." Opioid Epidemic and Obamacare "Expanded insurance coverage was a primary goal of the ACA. Two of its policies that supported that goal – allowing adults to remain on their parents’ insurance up to 26 years of age and expanding Medicaid – unintentionally connected at-risk cohorts (for example, chronically unemployed working-age men and young, previously uninsured whites with an appetite for drugs) with the means to obtain highly addictive and liberally-prescribed pain medications at a fraction of their street price. Once addicted to prescribed pain pills, many moved on to cheaper and more dangerous alternatives, like heroin or synthetic opioids, thus driving the growth in overdose deaths." Did Obamacare Make the Opioid Crisis Worse? | Eddie Ferrara What say ye?