We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Two lung surgeries. I was given oxycodone while in the hospital but was sent home with both oxycontin and percoset to take as needed for pain. There was a lot of pain. My impression of these drugs is after taking them I experienced 'nothing'. No high no good feeling, nothing. Except slowly over 20 minutes to an hour my pain was reduced. As I understand it the people who abuse these drugs don't take them like that i.e. as prescribed. Instead they take multiple pills, they grind them up before ingesting them or they use an alternate route to get the massive dose they need without the time release factor. I'm just not sure that anyone taking these kinds of drugs as prescribed could become addicted.
I hear what you are saying but I think it is still a little different from what those of us who don't take drugs to get high think. That is I don't think that if you take these drugs as prescribed that you get pleasantly high. I think they have to first bypass the time release of some of these drugs by grinding them to powder and secondly that they have to take large amounts of the drug to get anything from it. And last I think that even taking a lot of opioids orally isn't good enough so that they must sniff or inject it to get the high they need.
My only point in this is that I think the story that is often marketed is that simply using the drug as prescribed will cause addiction. I don't think that is true. I do admit I have no experience or information to prove that except that those addicts using over the counter pain killers do not use them as they would be prescribed to achieve their desired high. Therefore common sense tells me that they didn't get a high using them as prescribed.
I agree with you, at least that there must be something different about the people who experience a high from them. I had oxycodone prescribed after surgery to repair a broken shoulder. Promptly puked up the first tablet I took and made do with Ibuprofen after that. Didn't seem to do anything for me.
Even if a patient wants to take them for a longer period of time than they should, an honest Doctor will not prescribe them. There are side effects too that should deter a person from continuing to abuse the drugs. Some people just cannot help themselves.
Cynic here. I think very little of the facts or fiction on this subject. Let's do a demographic study related to supposed life outcomes as expressed by those in difficult economic situations, who are killing themselves, whether slowly or quickly. This isn't a problem of drugs, it's a problem of decay. A problem of a no hope future.