This “expert” thinks so:
How Much Are Docs Responsible for Patients’ Opioid Abuse?
F. Perry Wilson, MD, looks at the data on how patients get hooked
I’m a nephrologist. I specialize in chronic kidney disease – a completely painless condition. But there has been a coordinated and I think well-intentioned campaign to increase physicians’ awareness of patient pain. Some have argued that the adoption of pain as the “fifth vital sign” has led to an increased rate of opioid prescription, addiction, and overdose…
The major unknown here is the rate of transition from licit to illicit opioid use. And that data is harder to find than, well, street fentanyl nowadays. We also need to know the reason for that initial opioid prescription. It is a very different thing to receive oxycodone after you have your wisdom teeth removed and to receive it for chronic low back pain, and the risk of transition to opioid use disorder is much higher in the latter…
Do you suffer from back pain? The opioid war has now labeled you a faker and potential drug addict.
If you complain of back pain to a doctor, expect your pain to be disregarded and dismissed. After all, back pain can’t be a symptom of a more serious condition (like kidney disease), right? If your doctor isn’t concerned about your back pain, why should you worry about it? I’m sure you’ll be just fine.