I’ll provide cites, if requested. But bear with me, much of my data comes from TV reports and my own personal experiences (I have never taken an illegal drug).
I think most people would agree Opioid addiction is a major health problem in the United States. And some people blame the supposed ease with which some doctors prescribe them. But I think that is just an oversimplification of the matter. Some people may blame me for oversimplifying the problem. But isn’t that what they are doing?
In 1999, when my father broke his leg, they gave him a hefty dose of Morphine in the emergency room to set his leg. There is no way he could’ve endured the pain without it. I know that I read in the Merck Manual that when someone ingests lye, Opioids are still the standby treatment, because they are in so much pain.
I have a silent gallstone, that I could pass at anytime, the doctor tells me. It forever hangs over me like the mythic Sword of Damocles. If I did pass it, I’d want a massive dose of Morphine and as soon as possible.
Plus I read somewhere (I forget exactly where ) that when you’re in horrible pain, and the doctor gives you a measly dose of Morphine, it doesn’t help. It makes it worse! Who wants that?
I know I took a psychology class in community college about 25 years ago. And they said, when you’re in horrible pain, most of the pain killer you take just blocks the pain. Addiction comes as a secondary effect, when you take it longer than you need to. Not because you are morally weak. It is a very complicated matter (as I’ve already said).
Plus as far as addiction goes, if people really want Opioids, they can easily get it illegally anyways. They really shouldn’t. But they still often do.
So is the war on opioid addiction becoming a war on pain ?