Famed Historian Sees 19th-Century Solution To Current Heroin Crisis
We need to focus on preventing new addictions and using the harm-reduction approach to treat current addicts.
It sounds like a good plan, right? But let me translate this for pain patients:
Any person who experiences pain — whether acute or chronic — and seeks medical assistance will now be given an ice pack and told to buy a heating pad. Whenever a patient complains of pain, doctors will automatically think that patient is a drug addict. Instead of looking for a source of the pain, doctors will refer patients to addiction clinics.
You will begin to hear doctors say: There’s nothing I can do — just accept your pain and get back to work (you big sissy).
People suffering in chronic pain need to learn to accept it because “achieving a balance between the benefits and potential harms of opioids has become a matter of national importance,” wrote two influential doctors who advocate for changing opioid prescribing practices in a commentary for the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine…
I usually learn more from the comment section than from the articles, and this comment section has some really great comments. 🙂 And here’s the NEJM article (looks like they went to the dark side):
For three decades, there has been hope that more liberal use of opioids would help reduce the number of Americans with unrelieved chronic pain.
I’m sorry, but how would that even be possible? Are opioids supposed to do handstands and perform miracles? No matter your dosage of opioids, it’s unlikely that they will provide “unrelieved chronic pain.” That’s not even possible. (Unless you didn’t suffer from chronic pain to begin with.)
I was reading an article at MedPage Today about doctors with addictions. One said he suffered with unrelieved and undiagnosed chronic pain for 10 years. He finally got some painkillers and got addicted. Then, he detoxed and now he’s “pain-free.” He says he suffered from hyperalgesia. Maybe it’s because I’ve never experienced this phenomenon that I can’t understand what this doctor is talking about — his story doesn’t make sense. It sounds like some other doctor convinced him that the opioids were the cause of his pain, and he believed it. Almost like a placebo effect?
Instead, it produced what has been termed an epidemic of prescription-opioid abuse, overdoses, and deaths — and no demonstrable reduction in the burden of chronic pain…
Really? It’s going to be hilarious, ten years from now, when the experts learn the results of the opioid war — when they have to finally admit how much opioids have helped patients survive. There will be lots more people on disability, more homeless, more suicides. Yes, and more overdoses, just with different drugs.
And when any “expert” deems 16,000 deaths out of tens of millions of opioid users to be an epidemic, I tend to stop listening. In other words, I didn’t read any more of this article — I don’t mind wasting time, but not on crap like this.
Even though I didn’t read the whole article, let me translate it for you:
Pain patients: It’s all your fault. Signed, the Medical Industry