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Opioid Epidemic Greatly Exaggerated?

  • GreedKills (466 posts)
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    Opioid Epidemic Greatly Exaggerated?

     

    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/opioid-epidemic-greatly-exaggerated

     

    As a chronic pain suffer who has stopped taking pain medication due to pressure from doctors I feel it is the insurance companies who are trying to purge chronic pain patients from their rolls. Let the suffers pay for their medical MJ out of pocket or take their chances with black market drugs laced with freaking elephant tranquilizers, the media, insurance companies nor corporations really care  if people suffer or die.

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  • grouchomarxist (182 posts)
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    1. as a former chronic pain sufferer

    i sympathize greatly with your plight.  while fullblown addiction becomes literally a medical condition, these people have only themselves to blame and you, the chronic pain patients, are some of the many casualties of their selfishness.

    ffs i’ve been grilled for my overuse of neurontin, literally the least fun pain medication ever.  like getting high off of cough syrup, but worse, smh.

    i figure politicians make a big deal out of drug abuse because it’s something rich people’s kids are getting into and doesn’t require any hard thinking or problem solving, like, say, lyme disease.  now there’s a clusterfuck.  nevermind that innercity blacks have been dealing with addiction for years and no one batted an eye.

  • Dragonfli (972 posts)
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    2. I believe it is, I am experiencing a great deal of ever present chronic pain

    at the moment and I am running into many unnecessary roadblocks to at least a partial relief to my pain.

    The unexpected side effect is that those that are in great pain may have to suffer and it will not affect one whit, those that abuse pain relievers that others actually need.

    If I were not poor, I could score any number of pain relief at greatly exaggerated prices on the black market, that has not appeared to have grown substantially in my area the last decade (I live in a poor neighborhood, where abuse is common) but see no great rise in this problem. Which they are not even dealing with, preferring instead to go after prescriptions to patients that are in pain rather than the root causes of the need addicts have due to their imposed upon them shitty lives, nor are they going after the pill mills that are the actual dealers to addicts (one assumes they pay the vig to a proper authority)

    Meanwhile while I sort through (pain management specialists) as referred to by my PCP, I am having difficulty finding one that takes my meager medicaid Insurance plan. Among the unfortunate results are that I often no longer post because I am too tired from the pain (it is tiring to suffer for some reason) and the pain itself makes it very hard to concentrate on complex thoughts let alone write OPs worthy of reading.

    “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall

      

      

    • The Crone (3021 posts)
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      4. It is a rotten hand that we are being dealt.

      I totally sympathize with you. I couldn’t find any pharmacist who would sell me the pills that are the current day substitute for vicodine. The excuse was that apparently there is some law in Calif that states that a person must be insured in order to get pain meds. (Apparently those who are insured are legitimately in pain, while those of us on medicaid or who are non-insured are faking it and selling the  stuff on the black market. What sort of thinking is that?)

      Then I found out that WalMart would distribute the meds, as long as I had the prescription and the cash. So I thought I was home free. But the new meds that are the replacement for  vicodine didn’t work at all. In fact, they often made me very depressed, in addition to making me have MORE pain than prior to taking them.

      I now found out that having about 320 mg of aspirin along with the pain med and sucking rather than swallowing the pain med pill allows for some relief. But it has taken me nine months to figure this out. I was in so much pain that one day I actually downed quite a bit of Jack Daniels in order to get through the day.

      So how the heck is depriving us of needed meds supposed to help anyone out? If I had had to drive that day, I would have caused a wreck! I wouldn’t be surprised that many people are turning to booze as it is available. And booze will rot your liver, while pure codeine won’t do anything at all except help you get through your pain. (I never had any addictive tendencies. When my back is bad, I take my meds. When my back is doing well, I immediately quit the meds. Then I don’t think about them, often for six to eight weeks or longer, depending on when my next bad back attack manifests.)

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      • Dragonfli (972 posts)
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        5. My councilor told me that the actual problem they are concerned with is

        That well off teanagers are starting to abuse both prescription painkillers and Heroin, so they are rushing to act “to prove they are doing something”. They of course will not bother the well heeled sources these young people likely use to obtain their substances, so they bash some poor, harass some doctors that are not part of the problem and make a good show of it,.

        It appears to have nothing to do with reality, but rather politics, the privileged and their affluenza suffering teanagers.

        “We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust. We must dissent from a nation that has buried its head in the sand, waiting in vain for the needs of its poor, its elderly, and its sick to disappear and just blow away. We must dissent from a government that has left its young without jobs, education or hope. We must dissent from the poverty of vision and the absence of moral leadership. We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.” Thurgood Marshall

          

          

  • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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    3. not judging by arrests in my neck of the woods — my neighbors were

    mid-level dealers, they dealt everything but plenty of opioids

    gone now, but still lots of arrests — and few for pot, it’s mostly opioids and meth

    according to those charts though prescription opioids took a steep rise circa 911 and thereafter.  I think there was probably some change in that sector, legal, medical or otherwise…

    • GreedKills (466 posts)
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      6. But the problem is

      that will continue since you can not stop bogus pain pills and heroin coming into this country but chronic pain sufferers which stats show 95% of them do not abuse medication as I did will be the only one to pay the price.

      We could of had people in the street celebrating a Sanders victory...........  #FreeJulian
      • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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        7. the ptb control the drug trade & addictions net them cash

        • malokvale77 (973 posts)
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          8. I mean no offense toward you when I say this…

          My SO suffered with chronic pain for over a decade. He was denied disability 7 times.

          It took an untreatable, invasive cancer and hospice care to get him any pain relief.

          Fuck tptb and their toxic offspring.

          • GreedKills (466 posts)
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            9. So sorry about your SO

            I was also was denied disability and have never been able to collect, I have  been disabled for over twenty years. Yup fuck the TPTB!!!!

            We could of had people in the street celebrating a Sanders victory...........  #FreeJulian
          • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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            12. none taken. my observation is merely that in my neck of the woods there

            is a very noticeable increase in hard drug use since, say, 15 years ago.

  • VoiceOfReason (989 posts)
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    10. The M$M

    Has jumped upon the anti-opioid bandwagon.

    They would pimp their own mothers for ratings.

    I am going on twitter to rage against the whores and pimps of M$M.

    every little bit helps.

     

    "Men who do evil brilliantly are often admired"  Voltaire BERN BABY BERN!!  War is madness!
  • iggy (768 posts)
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    11. There wasn't an Opioid 'Epidemic' in Maine until LePutin came to power

    I read articles citing Bath Salts as a problem. He’s more concerned about Ethnic drug dealers inseminating White girls than the reality of a failed Administration.

    Truth has no Expiration Date. Life without Dignity is Slavery.