One thought on “What’s in Your Medicine Chest? Opiate Medications: The Goods, Bads, and the Very Very Uglies

  • December 14, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    I understand that using any medication when it’s unnecessary is both dangerous and possibly an addiction risk. But the qualifying words are ‘when it’s unnecessary’, many people after traumatic accident, injury, surgery, or illness are left living lives of intense pain. Opiate medications give them back a certain amount of quality of life. To my knowledge, despite much research, there is only one alternate and that is a life of pain. I hope that you would not advocate quantity over quality.

    I have by your argument a ten year addiction, it’s also a time when with proper pain management I can function normally, without it, when in pain, I regress into depression and withdraw from life, when there’s no pain I can function normally and have no desire to seek a fix.

    I think that the distinction that needs to be made is that used to kill severe physical pain it is effective and the risk of addiction is low as no euphoric state is achieved. When used to kill psychological pain by creating a false euphoria then it’s simply not the correct medication

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