Skip to comments.Doctors told to limit opioid pain relievers
Posted on 09/15/2013 7:50:03 AM PDT by Innovative
Patients should not be prescribed long-acting or extended-release opioid pain relievers unless they need daily, round-the-clock care for pain that can't be managed by any other means, the Food and Drug Administration has told doctors.
The new guidelines - meant to stem the country's growing epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction - will not place formal new restrictions on prescriptions by physicians, but administration officials hope to chasten physicians who prescribe the medications for anything other than ongoing, intractable pain.
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Says it all.
I've been on morphine. I really 'get' how addictive it could be, I also probably would have died of shock without it.
Had I needed to, I could've gotten un-addicted, getting un-dead is more challenging.
The Food and Drug Administration should but out of my business, as should the AMA and it’s minions. If I want to take a drug for any reason, including recreation, and suicide, it is my business, not theirs.
I was in a situation a couple years ago where some high octane pain killers were just the ticket. It made my tasks bearable. It had nothing to do with pain, I was care-taking, and it helped me sleep during short opportunities. When the need abated, I went back to my couple-beers-a-week habit. No doctor would have recognized my right to do this, arrogant bastards, so I did it illegally.
As for people who are not in control of themselves, and become addicted, give them all they want, and let evolution sort out the mess. Don’t punish those who are in control of themselves.
How about focus on the fraud and focus on cutting out meddlesome regulations like this one that only serve to inhibit a professional from their work. Maybe drug rationing is thee gubment’s hope to spread the drugs?;
Prescription drug overdose deaths now exceed deaths from motor vehicle accidents in many states. This is not a hypothetical problem. It needs to addressed.
Barney Frank calls for the legalization of coke and heroin.
Not by the federal government. They don't have the authority under the Constitution to do anything about it.
The kid, not more than 25, almost didn't fill it because my husband could not be there himself to fill it. (not kidding). then he wanted me to have his ID.
The whole time I could tell he was eyeing me and asking questions, trying to determine if I was some sort of pill abuser.
It was ridiculous and humiliating.
Obesity is a problem too, but i dont need the government dictating what I can or cant eat drink, or in what quantity. I practice self control and personal responsibility
So is the solution to stop prescribing medication to everybody because there are stupid people who DO NOT FOLLOW THE PRESCRIPTIONS?
It's the only way government knows how to act.
My husband was on chest patches for pain, similar to morphine, all the time due to a bone disease and pain all the time and those patches are very addictive. It was either the patches or he couldn't function. I read kids steal these patches from a parent who takes them, and they squeeze the liquid from the patch and swallow it and a number of them die from doing that. These patches are sold on the street by drug pushers.
My husband never put on more than one patch and had a schedule when to change a patch. Those patches are highly regulated because they are so addictive and dangerous if instructions to use them aren't followed.
People who abuse these drugs make it harder for a patient to get them. That is a pity for people who need them.
We already know that’s what they’re smoking in Congress.
Remember the pro-abortion argument - “we don’t want the government to come between the doctor and the patient.”
My house was broken into on Christmas Eve a few years ago by addicts hooked on Oxycontin.
A longtime friend lost his house and everything he owned because of financial problems stemming from his wife’s addiction to Oxycontin.
Another longtime friend lost his wife to suicide related to her addiction to opioids.
Opioid based painkillers replace one type of pain with another. No thanks; I’ve seen the damage done, and I’ll have no part of that.
I am not in favor of more gov control however many docs out there are doing this to earn a easy living. Every month the addict comes back with his money or government insurance card.
It has stopped being about helping people to recuperate or live without pain. This is not every doctor and every case but its true for a large part. I had to go to pain management last year and the first thing he did was prescribe three times as much as I had ever had before.
I walked out in April and have not been back, Its easier to live with pain then to be treated like a jr high schooler and forced to pee in a cup.
Screw the guv and their regs
If it was an abortant, they’d be available to minors without a prescription.
I am personally totally against unnecessary and overuse of painkillers, however I am also totally against the government telling doctors, who know their patients best, who should or shouldn't receive certain medications, including pain killers.
Oh, fine! Go ahead and be realistic, Innovative! See if I care! In full seriousness: control of the citizenry is to the feral government as heroin is to drug addicts.
I have Psoriatic Arthritis which means I am in pain 24/7 to varying degrees. I cannot go without pain medication and frankly, I don’t care about the addictive side effects. I also don’t over use or abuse it. I am very careful with it. I have a great rheumatologist who monitors me constantly, but he is getting older and I do worry what will happen when he retires. My personal physician seems to let the gubmint tell her how she should practice medicine and is perfectly happy to do that. Not sure changing doctors is an option there, I have a feeling I won’t find anyone any different than she is.
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