Much has been written lately about an “epidemic” of opioid overdose deaths, in some cases advocating for a blanket reduction in the availability of prescription opioids.
Regrettably, many readers will not penetrate beneath the sensational headlines to grapple with the complicated realities of this issue.
But among that minority, opioids are a last resort and a necessary enabler of life.
Take them away, and you may contribute to a wave of suicides and a surge of people seeking street drugs out of desperation.
I have previously written at MIA concerning the inappropriate application of psychosomatic medicine to people who are written off as “head cases.” (See “It’s NOT All In Your Head”) I would now suggest that a largely bogus “war on drugs” has also become a war against pain patients.
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Moreover, “…in general, new addictions are uncommon among people who take opioids for pain in general.
A Cochrane review of opioid prescribing for chronic pain found that less than one percent of those who were well-screened for drug problems developed new addictions during pain care…” There is real and valid concern for the avoidable death and destruction which are wrought by illicit opioids in the US.