What about the children?

The are numerous Google hits for Dr. Kolodny’s speaking engagements, but this one for the Children’s Safety Network (link below) says it all.

Mr. Kolodny wants parents everywhere to be constantly watching their children for signs of drug addiction — as if most kids are potential addicts.  (Pain patients, sound familiar?)  Mr. Kolodny must convince everyone that their kids are in danger of addiction, so he can make money from their treatment.  Do you know how many “rehabilitation” centers he runs?

Mr. Kolodny and the media use the term “nonprofit” to describe Phoenix House, as if that term gives this federally-funded corporation some kind of legitimacy.  As if they help people who suffer from addiction out of the goodness of their hearts. Sure, a nonprofit, I get it — just like the Komen Foundation, the Red Cross, and GPS Crossroads are nonprofits.


“For New York City, he helped develop and implement multiple programs to improve the health of New Yorkers and save lives, including city-wide buprenorphine programs, naloxone overdose prevention programs and emergency room-based screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) programs for drug and alcohol misuse.”

If you take opioids and go to the ER for any reason, watch out… You’ll be referred to a “treatment program” before the nurse takes your temperature.  And like I said, tomorrow we’ll look to see if Mr. Kolodny’s programs made a difference, because, it’s funny, but while mentioning his involvement, I haven’t run across a mention of whether the programs were successful or not.


2 thoughts on “What about the children?

  1. Sounds like a real jerk The whole med. system is pretending paranoia about addiction rather than being concerned about actual patient wellbeing. That way more people, including perfectly normal kids will become dependent on more expensive and more difficult to quit, psychotropic meds. This fits into the disarmament of American citizens. If valid mental complaints are made in good faith expecting helpful treatment, then, soon enough, some civil rights, such as the second amendment will be revoked.

    Most kids, after watching their parents suffer don’t want anything to do with their parents meds. Child abuse and neglect prevention is a field I worked in. I also have 4 sons and raised my sister,
    my boys are oldest 43, youngest 20. Sister is 53. I also worked with blind multiply handicapped who had bombed out of the regular rehab programs.. Both agencies were grant funded, non-profits. There was no profit there. Zilch. It has been 21 years since I did social work or rehab, but people in pain, including myself, have not changed. My neurologist also had a PH.D. in pharmacology. My primary care doc retired because he felt he could not be a doctor and policeman, both, and still have patient wellbeing as his foremost consideration.

    The idea that we create our own pain by bad attitudes is way over rated… to say it the most politely. So is the notion of “rebound” pain having its source in dependency. ‘Course I am singing to the choir.

    If you have high blood pressure, even a little, ask about a beta-blocker, rather than an SSRI 🙂 Off label uses are for situational anxiety, such as stage fright and panic attacks. Google Beta blockers. I take Bystolic for high blood pressure, no generic available yet. Withdrawal from SSRIs is a bitch. This I know from personal experience. However, if a person needs ’em, they need ’em. But sometimes they enhance rather than sooth the symptoms they are supposed to relieve. I have MS and several other serious physical problems. And I ain’t no wus 😀 I also have cultivated a bad attitude.

    I am not a licensed anything and this is all my own personal non-professional opinions. What I am is a Crazy Old Swamp Lady Hermit 😀

    Everyone has experiences and symptoms that are individually unique. No one is exactly like anyone else. Every individual has their own chemistry and reactions and subjective outlook, which should respectfully be taken into consideration by healthcare providers. There is a standard average normal… but only one person in the universe fits that middle profile.

    Quality of life is as important (in my opinion) as any other consideration when providing for patient or client needs.

    Wonderful advances have been made in medicine and dentistry and patient care, that were not possible even fifty years ago. All of the VA health professionals I have encountered (my husband is a Marine) have been caring and professional. However, some aspects of patient care have gotten worse in the last ten years, notably pain management. And there is more chronic pain than there used to be because people are surviving wounds, disorde3rs, and diseases that used to kill. Now we survive, but with crippling pain.

    Anyway, people feeding distrust and fear mongering to patients, clients, parents, children (!!!) health care professionals, educators, politicians are, in my opinion, despicable.

    There is no shortage of opioids. Poppies grow in Tasmania, Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Afghanistan, Kurdistan, lots of Africa, parts of South America …. and more

    ….. now I am off the see the wizard (really just taking my 4 y/o granddaughter to gymnastics) .

    Good fortune with your striving for VA healthcare reform. It is a worthy but difficult cause requiring perseverance, research, and courage. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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  2. Your family sounds lovely, bearspawprint. You know, I was a competitive gymnast in another life, and even though that sport was not very kind to my body, I still love to watch it.

    I tried blood pressure medication for anxiety, and for the pounding in my head, but I didn’t achieve any benefit from it. Didn’t have any luck with SSRIs (etc.) either, so I didn’t have any withdrawal problems. But withdrawing from opioids is something I wouldn’t ever want to do again.

    I know that some veterans are happy with the VA system, and I guess finding a good doctor is hard to do, no matter what system you’re in. I advocate for all pain patients, including veterans.

    I remember seeing a PBS documentary many, many years ago, about how kids were being prescribed strong anti-psychotics for behavioral issues. The side-effects appeared to be worse than whatever benefit was achieved… It was a scary beginning to what is continuing to happen in treating kids. There was a great investigative series on how schools are contributing to this type of mentality — using things like physical restrains for behavioral issues — over on the ProPublica website.

    Thanks for sharing, Crazy Old Swamp Lady Hermit 🙂

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