Are ‘Abuse-Resistant’ Painkillers Actually Effective in Reducing Overdose Deaths?

Herper tests out Purdue’s “abuse-resistant” version of OxyContin, called Hysingla, and confirms that the pill can not be crushed or dissolved in water. But Kolodny, who has worked with addicts for 10 years, says “I’ve very rarely come across people who’ve developed that disease [of addiction] from snorting or injecting the pills. People develop that disease from using the pills orally.”

Well, look, it’s Mr. Kolodny!  Dude, how are you doing?  Still busy being the spokesperson for the war against pain patients?

For someone who allegedly treats addiction, I find your lack of understanding of this illness to be rather sad.  It’s not the drugs that cause addiction, and you should know that.  But then, you used the word “developed,” not caused.  That might be a distinction you can get away with in the medical industry, but not anywhere else.

Heck, you could say that people develop addictions from being white, since most drug addicts are, in fact, white.  Or you could rightly say that people develop the disease of addiction from poverty, domestic abuse, rape, and child abuse.  Or from the under-treatment of pain.

In defense of his product, Haddox states that of the 16,000 overdose deaths in 2013, “the vast majority of those were poly-substance deaths,” meaning alcohol or other illegal drugs played a part. He also argues that painkillers have improved his patients lives, many of whom might commit suicide without pain treatments.

As far as patients suffering from chronic pain, Kolodny argues that “they need access to effective, evidence-based treatment. Giving people opioid painkillers is not going to help. In fact, if someone’s really suicidal because of their chronic pain, you’re putting a potentially lethal means in their hands.”

Poor Mr. Kolodny knows nothing about chronic pain (let alone addiction).  “Giving” pain patients access to opioids actually does help — it helps millions and millions of patients.  Out of the millions of pain patients who take opioids, only 16,000 have overdosed.  Let’s see, if there are, say, 40 million pain patients taking opioids, 16,000 would be 0.0004%.  Sound like an “epidemic” to you?

Of course, that’s not counting the overdoses that are actually suicides because pain patients just give up on having their pain adequately treated or are tired of being treated like criminals and drug addicts.

I wonder, Mr. Kolodny, how many suicides are you responsible for?  How many pain patients have killed themselves because they didn’t have access to opioids due to your advocacy work?

Why does the media keep pretending that Kolodny is an expert?  I’m not even a doctor and I know he’s full of shit.

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