(12/17/2016) We need to speed up our acceptance of the opioid guidelines
I’ve predicted that pain clinics and addiction clinics would eventually become one and the same. I suppose addiction clinics will soon be cropping up next to dentist offices and places that treat cancer, too. I guess these places will help the very small percentage of pain patients who also suffer from addiction, but pain patients are extremely tired of being treated like drug addicts.
Yes, the medical industry should pull together and speed up its acceptance of the CDC’s opioid guidelines, even though a basic principle of medical ethics says that when you have an intervention that works, you don’t introduce alternatives unless there are significant advantages. After all, doctors have so many different and successful alternative treatments to manage pain that I’m sure no one will miss painkillers.
Yes, doctors should treat every patient who complains of pain as a potential drug addict. That sounds like a wonderful idea. Let’s see how that attitude will help those who suffer from addiction, along with 90% of the rest of the population.
People refusing to see a doctor when they’re in pain. People in pain automatically going to the underground drug market, where there’s a better chance of finding some kind of relief. What good is a doctor who will not only minimize your pain, but ignore it? How many serious medical conditions will be missed because a doctor ignores a patient’s pain?
Yes, we’ve done such a good job of criminalizing addiction, let’s criminalize pain, too. Another wonderful idea from the medical industry.