5 votesAnonymous commented
What you say is true. I'd like to add that even for those in pain, the risk of opiods is generally too great in ways medical doctors understand. There are other alternatives. I knew a Mayo Clinic doctor who treated rheumatoid arthritus patients and she gave up her drug license, got all of her patients off the opioids and used exercise and positive thinking instead. It took 6 weeks and then maintenance to get all of her patients out of their pain and into a non-dependant state. I know thebecomes like air to someone who takes it, and they will kill to get it. I understand addictions, I got a pretty good grip on pain. Everyone is different of course... But the dependancy on a drug that in the overall picture is unhealthy for everyone should never have begun. Remember the day when a ibuprofun provided enough relief? Most people can get back to that state although it does take a lot of time for many reasons. The goal is always how does the client get off of this medication before it completley destroys thier lives and others.