I read a really interesting article this morning, and wanted to share it with all of you.
There has been so much in the media in regards to the dangers of Oxycontin, one of the most powerful pain killers on the market. It is now the MOST abused prescription drug, and with that comes fear, stigma, and a LOT of misinformation. Many Chronic Pain patients are either too scared to try this drug, or they are currently on it but hide that fact from everyone because they are scared of being judged. But while Chronic Pain sufferers hide from labels such as “addict” or “junkie”, society forgets that there is a very valid place for this drug on the market, and the people who abuse this drug make it REALLY hard for those who have justifiable cause to take it.
Here is a link to a CBC News article published online yesterday. It suggest that opioid addiction in Chronic Pain sufferers should always be a consideration when prescribing Oxycontin, but in reality it is rare in pain sufferers who truly need to use this drug. Not only that, but Chronic Pain is often UNDER-TREATED as a result of the Doctors being fearful of prescribing Opiate based medication… The bottom line is needless suffering.
Although I am NOT a Doctor, and I would NEVER promote taking Opioids to anyone, I absolutely see the benefits. There are so many drugs on the market today with ‘off-label’ pain management components…. But painkillers are called just that for a reason… They are on the market to assist pain sufferers. They do not get rid of pain, but they help hundreds of thousands of pain sufferers MANAGE.
They come with associated risks, and EVERY patient should educate themselves on what those risks are, and weigh out for themselves if the risk is worth the ‘reward’ so to speak. However the stigma that society has placed on people who take this drug has to change.. We are NOT the people abusing this drug… and it is easy to lump us all in the same category.
Please take a look at the article – and take a few minutes to read the through the comments at the bottom of the page.
YES, addiction is VERY REAL. I will be the first to admit that. I have had addiction touch my life personally, and I would never wish that kind of pain on anyone… But I also know the pain that comes with being ‘under-treated’ by the Canadian Health Care System. I can tell you the latter has had a much more profound and permanent effect on my life.
My wish is for every chronic pain survivor to be diagnosed and treated properly… with respect and dignity.
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- OxyContin worries misplaced: pain experts (cbc.ca)
- Study Identifies Risks for Painkiller Addiction (nlm.nih.gov)
- Ontario brings in restrictions on OxyContin, narcotics (ctv.ca)