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.
There is something else going on here. Almost all opiod addiction is the result of intentional drug misuse and not caused by pain patients using the prescribed drugs as intended. This is not a secret or unknown to the anti-drug activists. For inexplicable reasons it appears that the intent is to deny pain drugs to patients suffering pain and to punish or intimidate doctors so they will not care for their patients pain. Why???
Press a button. Remove all known opioids instantly and the rest of the known drugs of choice, and people would rip the stuffing out of chairs, light it on fire and cram it up their asses if they discovered it could get them high and avoid their own reality.
We live in a society that purposely "educates" out self-directed initiative and creativity starting around 5 yrs old. It is not surprising that many cannot define their own work and need to seek relevance by doing work defined by others.
Charles Francis Adams, Jr., remarks that the common schools of Massachusetts cost $4,000,000 a year; and adds, "The imitative or memorizing faculties only are cultivated, and little or no attention is paid to the thinking or reflective powers. Indeed it may almost be said that a child of any originality or with individual characteristics is looked upon as wholly out of place in a public school. ... To skate is as difficult as to write; probably more difficult. Yet in spite of hard teaching in the one case and no teaching in the other, the boy can skate beautifully, and he cannot write his native tongue at all."
Detaining people for their bad thoughts: Seems like the rerun of a terrible movie. Hasn’t this been done before? Someplace? Didn’t England send a whole bunch of her sons to their death, fighting against such totalitarianism? Didn’t she spend a whole bunch of her treasure, fighting such totalitarianism? The second half of the last century, was spent fighting this despicable sort of totalitarianism. I guess it truly was their finest hour.
Now it’s happening right here in America. The land of the perceived free and brave. We’re no longer very free. And if we don’t stand up to this abomination, we aren’t very brave.
I will blame pain pills for the opioid crisis. Now I have two people (myself and my husband) who had horrid withdrawal from opioid painkillers after minor surgeries. After only being on them for a few days, at lower doses than prescribed...end up with awful headache, incredible tiredness, etc.
But reminder: I asked two different pharmacists about this withdrawal and what I could do to alleviate it. I was told it was all in my head, there was no way I could be in withdrawal after only a few days on the medication.
I could see how someone with a more extreme surgical procedure, on the drugs longer, could end up hooked after only a short period of time. And if you were an individual with a tendency toward addiction, would try to renew the prescrip and keep away the withdrawal.
I had surgery, the next day I was on opioid pain meds and worked a full day at my desk. Ask how that was possible? Opioid high, my friend.
DANGEROUS stuff. So don't tell me prescription pain killers aren't the problem. THEY ARE.
"...an individual with a tendency toward addiction..." I have wondered about that. If we look at our family trees, we may see that a lot of us may be pre-loaded with a tendency, though we never became addicts. Other factors, heritable or learned or dumb luck, may have kept us from going down that road. Distilled spirits are more powerful than fermented; newer lab-made drugs are more powerful than the poppy-drippings they come from. Those may activate a buried tendency more quickly or more completely.
Some of us may have no such tendency, and should thank God for that. But I'm betting it's going to be along time before it goes out of the gene pool.
Assistant Village Idiot
How did you expect to feel after an operation or any trauma? as that feeling and the health problems the fault of the operation or trauma or was it the pain medication? It would be easy to blame it on the medication. I do not think you can get a "high" from typical opioid medication taken as prescribed. If you could why would the addicts who misuse it grind it up and consume ten times the prescribed dosage or make it into something they can shoot with a needle? If taking one percocet every six hours would make you high or cause you to go through withdrawals than it is likely that you have some other problems as well.
There are two kinds of addiction; physical and mental. You could probably become mentally addicted to opioids simply by reading the newspaper articles about it. As a chocoholic I can assure you all I have to do is see it, think about it, smell it or read about it and I want it. I will and regularly do consume it until I feel a little ill. My favorite chocolate high is a one pound box of See's candy. yes one pound, finished in about ten minutes and my stomach feels queasy but my mind would have me eat one more if I had it.