I am so tired of the media and politician's demonizing opioid medications because of the HEROIN epidemic. I work in healthcare and Im telling you, there is a coordinated effort from the CDC on through the government machine to move all opioids to Class 1 medication classification. Essentially, Class 1 has "no medical use" and cannot be prescribed. This is the same category as Cocaine, marijuana, LSD, etc.
The trouble isn't the medication! It's human abuse. Address the real problem which is human behavior, but allow the medication to be used and prescribed appropriately. On the local radio today they had a pain management doctor explain the difference between abuse and physical dependence. The DJ was astounded at the difference between the two definitions. He thought that dependence was the same thing as abuse and causes ALL patients to crave the drug to the point of stealing from people and cooking it up. I was blown away at what I was hearing. Thing is, the media has a story line they want to pursue that makes patients look like crack heads.
Many people have now heard of Narcan and think it's a salvation "reversal" drug. What many people don't realize is that when you give the Narcan to an abuser, it throws them into immediate withdrawls and in many cases the people come out of their stupor throwing punches...then puking and crapping themselves. Many of these abusers have started going to hospital parking lots to use their drugs so that if they go unconscious, someone will find them and take them inside the ER. Again, human behavior is the problem!
I wish I knew what the solution to this problem is, but I don't. But I do know that not all opioids are heroin and not all patients are dope addicts as the media likes to portray. Rant over, thanks!
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2