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It is a common belief that using a prescribed opioid will/can lead to addiction. But most people who have become addicted to prescribed opioids choose to not use them as prescribed and in ways that seem to imply their choice to use the opioid improperly. For example crushing them up and taking 3-6 at once or even preparing them for injecting. And yet the claim is that patients just became addicted.
Don't misunderstand my point. Last year some 60,000 people died from drug overdose/misuse. The MSM would have you believe that prescription drugs (pills not morphine drips administered in hospitals) were responsible for a significant share of this and use that myth to go after legitimate pain medications. This is simply not true. Almost everyone who died of overdose died from fentanyl being mixed with illegal drugs. The fentanyl is deadly and the only reason it is in these illegal drugs is because it allows the drug dealer to "cut" the drugs dramatically while still giving the addict a high. But the fentanyl is so toxic that the smallest error in the mixing creates a certain death sentence. None of this has anything to do with prescription drugs.
Where prescription drugs enter into the picture is that addicts when they cannot get/afford their drug of choice will take anything that might give them some relief and often they turn to stolen or legal prescription pain killers. Usually their "high" is a let down and they still need to find their drug of choice. Sometimes the prescription drugs when used in excess in a vain attempt to get high make them sick. But the deaths are almost all from illegal fentanyl.
It's only a difficult issue because of the War on Pain Patients.
I've never considered using hard drugs, but if I'm ever in pain and get refused Vicodin or something like it, I would go looking for a heroin dealer. It's inhuman to want to force someone to endure pain.
yup. It's got to the point here (not the US) that the government is planning to make it illegal for insurance companies to cover painkillers, and indeed any medication or procedure that "does not cure a condition".
Which would mean things like blood pressure medication, anti depressants, insulin, metformin, and a host of other things that keep chronically ill people functioning in society and often prevent them from a horrible slow death will become unavailable to most of those people.
Let that sink in, that's the future of socialised/single payer healthcare!
There's a chance I know this patient. I don't know anything about the doctor.
Doctors can be suspicious for a long time that something is up but not have any clear cause to reduce the medication. Dramatic incidents as above sometimes provide the excuse to cease treating.
Advocates on both sides overlook that there is going to be spillover either way. If you are very careful not to contribute to someone abusing medication, you will sometimes undertreat pain. If you are careful not to undertreat pain, you will be writing some prescriptions that will be misused. Doctors hope that the truth reveals itself quickly so they can make corrections, but that is not always the case.
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