A syndemic is defined as "a network of health problems, esp. ones that share common social underpinnings and cause an increased public health burden on a community". The opioid epidemic has spun off so many other "epidemics" that it is now being referred to as a syndemic. We have a syndemic in this country. Drugs are being used to "cure" addiction, which is just nutty. But there need to be alternatives for pain management because pain can be real. There is hope people. There is help...real help.