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The war on opiates and how it affects chronic pain patients

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  • Well said, Rob. I am upset and yes, afraid, for the very same reasons. The idea of living without the opiod medications that make our pain bearable is unnacceptable.

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 11,638

    I still would like opinions on having one discussion thread vs many

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
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  • rll54,

    I am a chronic pain patient-one who avoid opiates until forced to give in. Opiates cause problems with my other problems. I enjoyed your post a great deal.

    Please pardon my asking MegX a question on your post.


    I bet you are so proud of your son!!! Grats to him. I wish him all the best. I love such success stories.

    But I am ever curious, how did he collect the urine? My daughter has been directed to do this with her dog, as he is sick, she can't figure out how to manage it.

  • Rob, couldn’t agree with you more....

    Have to say, my experience with opiates has now led me to look at ALL drug addicts with a new found compassion. Ok we’re taking them for physical pain, but in a lot of cases people are taking them to escape other things, depression, past trauma etc.

    If you’d asked me five years ago I was very black and white on the issue, now I feel very strongly that any form of drug addiction needs to be seen as a medical issue rather than criminal.

    The biggest criminals are the confectionary companies peddling a refined drug in the shape of sugar... that kills more people than anything....

    Btw... as an aside... I ended up smoking the odd joint, I found it was the only thing that really took the pain away. But hey that’s highly illegal in the UK.... you couldn’t make it up really...

    All the best!

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  • MatUK69,

    I have always defended the street drug addicts, never knew one, but my best friend became a drug addict due to prescription drugs. She was/is a spinal patient. She lost everything, everything. She was sent to rehab. I thought she had gotten over her addiction. Her PM monitors her closely, still gives her opiates. But one day, she said to me, "I am saving up pain pills, I might need more some day." She's still a drug addict. Sadly, our relationship ended.

    I agree totally with you. All addicts deserve compassion.

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