The CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL recently came out with new guidelines for prescription (Opioids) pain medication. It includes guidelines for people suffering with chronic pain. How will this impact our doctors who prescribe medication for us? What do you think? The study says 1 in 4 people die from Opiods. I know that I self monitor my use of my pain medication. I do not want to become addicted. But I know I need my pain meds even though I am not totally pain free. I do not want my doctor telling me to take something over the counter instead. Or refusing to prescribe based on some guideline established by doctors who don't know what I go through daily. That's the extreme but I like to raise the discussion.
It's been harder to get opioids in NYS for several years now. The more they restrict access the higher the illegal drug use goes. I don't understand why "the powers that be" don't see it. I foresee things getting very bad for all opioid users before it gets better. I have read articles where they are even cracking down on doctors prescribing these meds for end stage cancer patients.
Meganblondie absolutely. Can this country learn that prohibition has never worked. Legalize and tax it end of story. Marijuana has so many benefits but you have to just be responsible. Personally this has been the best option for my pain and as a bonus it makes me sleep. I have not had the same luck with pharmaceuticals. Personally I have multiple issues with the CDC and FDA.
They already are having to revise the guidelines because they make it so hard to get meds for chronically pained. As it is, I avoid having prescriptions just because my docs are already so flaky for regulated decongestants. Went to Urgent care the other day, and they had some sign about how they'd "check your record" under some medication taking program (I think it's by our state?) and it just felt intimidating. I'm not even prescribed anything, but it still creeps me out. What's dumb is the CDC is basically creating a big black market, and they won't even admit it. I mean, I believe a bunch of formally law-abiding humans will end up turning to street drugs. Why? They're going to be more affordable and available with these guidelines. I love that their study says 1 in 4 die of opioids. Well, lucky them, they get to hold higher suicide rates increased death by opioids in their record...or maybe they'll just blame the "addicts" that they created. Prohibition basically just created a black market, people still got it...I'm just hoping enough spoonies can make enough noise to get the uninformed CDC out of the way of treatment. My Dr office has changed their policy already, no opioids at all. I was being treated for chronic pain, my doc the her hands up, said "you want drugs" and basically made it impossible for me to get anything besides Tylenol (yay, It does nothing and turns out I'm allergic) and Ibuprofen (use to work, took so long it's messed up my organs)...and I guess the CDC believes they did the right thing.
If it were up to me (and I had energy to actually get up and protest) I'd be arguing that these guidelines go against the constitutional right to "life, liberty, and the persuit of happiness". I need meds to live. They may not be prescribed because my dad has been so creative in finding alternative, and cheap medications, but they save me all the time. My meds give me liberty, the freedom to walk, to move, to dance, to write, to truly exist. Without them, there's nothing but a crumpled bag of memories. My meds make it possible for me to try to be happy: seeing friends, going to school, maintaining sanity, walking my pup.
I don't know what will happen, but I hope everyone who depends (hate that people say addiction is when you physically depend on something to feel better) on meds to live can get them. It is a scary time to live in...
I was going to pain management but they drug tested me and I showed positive for klonipin 2 times. I told the P.A. about that med but they forgot to put it in my chart. They let me go. Now I cannot get pain meds of any kind from anyone. It really sucks because when I hurt I really hurt.
I gave up pain meds because of all the bad side effects and problems. I do think pain pills are over prescribed. To many believe it should take all your pain away.
I agree not only should marijuana be legal but covered by insurance as a medicine with limitation like no smoking covered. I tried it in pill form and edibles and it really helped the pain with no bad side effects. I wish I could afford it as it is legal in my state.