This is some scary stuff

BOSTON — Eleven county prosecutors who deal with the fallout of the opioid-addiction epidemic on a daily basis threw their support behind Gov. Charlie Baker’s substance-abuse prevention legislation this week…

The district attorneys said Baker’s bill hits a balance “based in the daily reality of addiction and recovery,” particularly through proposals to restrict the number of opioids doctors can prescribe, to require physicians to check the prescription monitoring program database before prescribing opioids, and to allow doctors to hold substance-abuse patients involuntary for up to three days for treatment…

Once chronic pain patients are labeled as having abused their medications, they have even less rights.

2 thoughts on “This is some scary stuff

  1. you’re so right. once you get that label, then no one will touch you, except for ‘recovery specialists’ (which is not even a real field of medicine). and any, i mean any, person can be labeled that by anyone involved in their treatment and care, even people in the back office, insurance people, etc. it’s not just the doc’s who are labeling pain patients as addicts. just because you use pain meds does not make you an addict (but they say if you keep getting more of the pain med, then you must be addicted or you wouldn’t need to keep coming back for more. wouldn’t it be nice if that was how pain worked-you take a med for a week, and then *bingo* you are now cured of pain and don’t need to keep seeking pain drugs, thus you are saved from a lifetime of being labeled an addict. wow, i’m so glad they are looking out for me that way. (not).

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    • I’m not sure people understand how this is gonna work, especially with electronic health records. I don’t know how many people try every day to get their medical records corrected, but with EHRs, that just won’t be possible. If you’re 21 years old and treated for addiction, for the rest of your life, no matter what your health problem, doctors will look at your medical records and automatically assume it’s drug-related.

      For pain patients, it will be a similar story, in addition to being denied treatment for pain if it’s ever documented that they’ve abused their medications.

      Here’s the thing: There’s a reason that doctors think that once a drug addict always a drug addict — because it’s such a hard illness to manage and recover from. Look at Robin Williams, allegedly sober for 20 years. (We miss you, Robin!) I guess the answer is to completely remove the stigma, so that drug abuse or addiction is looked at just like other conditions. And to also re-define “addiction,” so that over 50% of Americans aren’t classified as drug addicts. (I just made up that percentage, but seriously, if you’re dependent on any kind of medication, you pretty much fit the definition of “addict.”)

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