His physicians at the American Pain clinic had prescribed around 20 million doses of oxycodone, and more than 80 percent of the pills were being trafficked to other states…
Some opioid advocates are upset that the furor around painkillers has led some doctors to stop prescribing opioids for chronic pain. If true, I think this is a good thing…
I don’t consider myself an “opioid advocate.” I consider myself an advocate for patients, who should have all options available to treat their pain.
Johnna Stahl · Albuquerque, New Mexico
All these painkillers in the underground market were not purchased only by those who suffer from addiction. If doctors refuse to treat and adequately manage pain, the underground drug market will continue to grow, regardless of the DEA’s actions. Those who continue to blame certain drugs for addiction obviously know nothing about this medical condition — or else they’re just using their own experiences to create an incomplete picture of the issue (and to sell books).
Mr. Temple, you will not think that criminalizing opioids is a good thing when the time comes for you to need them. (Do you think you’ll never grow old, need a root canal, be the victim of medical malpractice, or get cancer?) I hope you never suffer from constant, intractable pain, Mr. Temple, but when you do, I kinda hope that doctors will refuse to treat you. And will you visit all your friends and acquaintences in jail when they are criminalized for suffering from a medical condition?
Up to 400,000 people die from medical mistakes every year. And many pain patients have been victimized by non-opioid treatments for pain, like steroid injections, leaving them in even more pain. Perhaps it’s time to get rid of doctors.
No More Drug War.