Opioids: The War

The big story these days to divert attention of the public is the new war on opioid addiction….I have a feeling that those people that need the meds to manage their chronic pain will suffer more than some street addict.

There are -people that have broken legs with massive metal it took to repair the damage and then then is those people that have had part of a foot amputated and need opioids to help with the pain…..and in some cases a person that has both problems and needs pain meds to manage daily chronic pain with a capital “P”……..these people that depend on pain management to get through a daily life could suffer and more so than some street dealer……

After years of having their condition misunderstood, sufferers of chronic pain now find themselves in the position of being, as one patient puts it, collateral in the country’s war on drugs. Harper’s takes a long look at self-described “pain refugees,” who need opioids to do everything from getting their kids dressed for school to just getting out of bed but who find themselves suddenly unable to get the necessary prescriptions as the US tackles its growing opioid crisis. Last June, overdose became the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. The blame is falling squarely on the healthcare industry. “There’s a desire for something simple to latch onto as a way of explaining it,” one addiction specialist says. “A story that has a clear-cut villain, with doctors as dupes and patients as innocent victims, is about as easy to sell as any story.”

But the real story is a lot more nuanced than that. High-dose opioid prescriptions dropped 41% between 2010 and 2015 at the same time overdose deaths increased 37%. And the majority of opioid misuse is not committed by people with opioid prescriptions. But what really hurts sufferers of chronic pain is people confusing physical dependence on opioids for addiction. “Someone who is physically dependent on opioids as a result of the treatment of pain but who is not craving more or harming themselves or others is not addicted,” FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says. In fact, studies have found under 8% of Americans prescribed opioids for chronic pain are addicted. That hasn’t helped sufferers like Austin Sell, whose chronic pain has forced him from jobs and wrecked his marriage. “I’m a big black guy with tattoos,” he says. “They accused me of exhibiting drug-seeking behavior.” Read the full story here.

The death penalty for “dealers” will do little to curb the trend of opioid abuse….we could do what Kellyanne Conway, the czar for opioid abuse, says the need for users…..

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who is overseeing the administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, warned millennials on Thursday not to try the powerful drug fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid — most of America suffers from information underload when it comes to the horrors and dangers and really the toxicity and lethality of fentanyl,” Conway remarked at Generation Next, a forum for millennials.

She noted that fentanyl was significantly more powerful than opioids like morphine.

“On our college campuses, you folks are reading the labels, they won’t put any sugar in their body, they won’t eat carbs anymore, and they’re very, very fastidious about what goes into their body,” Conway said.

“And then you buy a street drug for $5 or $10, it’s laced with fentanyl and that’s it.”

“So my short advice is, eat the ice cream, have the French fry, don’t buy the street drug — believe me, it all works out,” Conway added.

So a quart of Rocky Road will do the trick that opioids have filled…..this is the person that is the head of the presidential program on opioid addiction.

Remove the make-up and exposure Yoda.

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14 thoughts on “Opioids: The War

  1. I’ve had an Oxy prescription for a couple of years now, and with changing Doctors every so often, I get worried that my supply will be questioned. I don’t take one often, but when I need one…I need one. Luckily, I don’t get mistaken for a ‘doctor-shopper’ or anything other than a rational professional….and I bring my last prescription container in, showing how long I go between refills and how many I have left.

    1. My broken leg and the amputated toes I have an Oxy and Morphine s ropt….and the games have already stated….they count what I have left with the doc visit and write the script as needed…..this is gonna get tacky…..chuq

  2. Isn’t it always the case that the genuine sufferers are the first to be affected by such ‘campaigns’? They need to look at individual cases, not indulge in pointless sweeping gestures.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Medicinal Brownies, man. Medicinal Brownies, man.

    Addictive to only about 1-2% of the population (more for the sugar hit than the medicine). The biggest side effect is that you tend to “contemplate life more” and put on a few pounds. You also don’t make America’s REAL drug dealers -the ones who should get the death penalty- even richer. And Medicinal Brownies tend to make watching 70’s movies and TV even better.

    Oxy was intentionally handed out like candy for every little boo-boo because the drug dealers knew it was addictive and hyped the fucking fuck out if in order to bump up those already obscene profits.

    I need me a prescription, pronto.

      1. Maybe in your case. It ain’t like your prime bank robbin’ days are ahead of you, or anything. So, who’s it gonna hurt to dope up some old, crippled up, crazy Vietnam War vet? (He-He) But with all them opiods flowing around in your system…how the hell are you so coherent and productive? (Although, I do see the odd spelling mistake in your stories.) One to seven Litres of Party Liquor and I’m instantly as lazy & illiterate as the average Millennial. Major props.

        Sure, some folks like you need it long-term, and others for a couple of weeks. But everybody else needs to “Suck it up!” As the Buddha said, “Life is suffering.” I used to see all the medical claims at the company I worked for…Holy Fuck! Over two years of Oxy for a 23 yr old’s sprained wrist! Oxy for twisted ankles and fucking hangnails! There were half as many Oxy claims as birth control claims…and this was a majority female workplace. Forget religion…Today, actual opium is the “opium of the people”.

        If I was your Doc, I’d give you your opium, but still prescribe you some Medicinal Brownies. I’d be a Doc like Oprah…

        “Brownies under your chair! Brownies under your chair! Brownies under everybody’s chair!!!”

      2. I hate pills and I gotta keep the brain working so I am not your typical opioid user I guess….no medical weed in my state and if I test positive I lose all pain meds completely….joy huh? chuq

      3. Jesus! They can dope you up on OPIUM…illegal everywhere…but test positive for a mild, proven, pain killer like weed…that’s not just medically legal in most states but legal for recreational use in a growing number of states…and they cut you off of required medicine??? THAT is fucked!!!

        That’s like getting kicked out of the NFL because you played catch-football in the backyard with your son.

        Remind readers why..of all the places you’ve been in your life…you settled down in that backwoods, hurricane ridden, mental wasteland? (Gotta be a woman involved.)

      4. Own a couple of businesses.then my daughter got a job down here and I like being close to her and my granddaughter….chuq

  4. I’ve been using Norco for leg pain ever since I broke it and had metal put in years ago. I’ve seen a drastic change in procedure for pain meds. I’m being treated like a criminal for using these medications. I had to sign a contract with my doctor, take drug tests throughout the year….
    I’m still waiting for the day my doctor tells me that he can’t prescribe me any pain pills anymore. I hope it doesn’t happen, but the more I watch the news and hear people talking I cringe.
    The war on pain pills is misguided. You summed it up pretty good. Thanks for the post.

    1. I know what you mean…the last time I went to the doc I had to bring my pills so they could count my pills and prescribe accordingly….I am pleased that you liked the post…thanx for the visit and the comment…..please stop by as often as possible….chuq

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