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Whose Fault Is the Opioid Crisis?
PJ Media, by Michael Walsh

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Posted By:Hazymac, 2/10/2018 1:50:39 PM

The world we now live in: "Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, said it would no longer actively market opioid products — a major about-face for a company increasingly viewed as a principal culprit in the country’s addiction and overdose crisis. (Snip) It´s hard not to notice the consistency with which the new Leftist meme that no one is every responsible for anything that cannot be blamed on someone else. Allegations, questions, and fact-free accusations are now enough to determine the course of public policy. There´s a kind of evil genius to it, really. State lawsuits against Purdue have

So the products made from the opium poppy and from its chemical relatives (opioids) are just too good, and some who get a bit want a boot or twelve. Or twelve thousand. Thus, the big attorney advertisers, rich from having maintained that no one among their clients knew that cigarettes were addictive, line up to claim their portion of the booty from "Big Pharma." Swine.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jntsrgn, 2/10/2018 2:01:23 PM     (No. 11539677)

No one forces people to take the pills. However, during the 90’s medical training at the demand of CMS began teaching that pain was a 5th vital sign and failure to diagnose and treat pain to the satisfaction of the patient could lead to poor CMS scores and sanctioning.

As usual, the government got involved in something and made it worse.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/10/2018 2:58:19 PM     (No. 11539735)

Look up Eric Holder´s connection to Oxy in the 90"s.

I know too may young people who accidentally got hooked on this crap due to sports injuries. Their parents didn´t know or weren´t advised of the dangers. Not a big fan of government regulation, but in this case, it is LONG overdue.

Purdue Pharma should be run out of business and a 7 day limit to Oxy is probably still too much.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 2/10/2018 2:58:57 PM     (No. 11539737)

Lucianner Jntsrgn is correct. The Federal Government would bring its full wrath down on health care facilities and physicians that did not "adequately" treat pain. The Feds brought this on. They are still doing it since Medicare reimbursement can be cut if the patient isn´t "satisfied" with their care. There are few patients more dissatisfied than narcotic seekers who are denied a script for opoids...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Penney, 2/10/2018 2:59:44 PM     (No. 11539739)

Possibly all those many, many drug ads jammed in women´s magazines were among the contributors.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/10/2018 3:02:22 PM     (No. 11539741)

My primary doctor suddenly went on a leave of absence. I am sure there is far more to the story. I have been having a nightmare finding a new primary doctor. I lose a low dose of vicond. I am prescribed 2 pills every 6 hours. I usually never us that amount. The first primary doctor I saw said if you think I´m going to prescribe vicodin for you, go have surgery. The second doctor said I only prescribe vicodin for cancer patients. The third, in her notes after prescribing a lesser amount, made note I found about when I saw a physical therapy doctor. He said she thinks I have an opiate problem. I´d like to slap her silly. The physical therapy doctor looked at the MRI scans and prescribed the vicodin. The fools that mess with opitaes and are dead in not my fault.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: doctorfixit, 2/10/2018 3:16:08 PM     (No. 11539752)

Forget "crisis". Why does the government love prohibition so much? I have chronic severe pain. Doctors are worthless & clueless about pain. So I am forced to use the black market. Thanks government. I need you like a hole in the head. I hope you get shut down permanently.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: citizen, 2/10/2018 3:49:15 PM     (No. 11539773)

Me also #6..moderate to severe chronic pain is no way to have to live. My present doctor is well aware of my situation and prescribes according to my need..but if he leaves for another practice? Making doctors into criminals sounds like our gov´t alright?
And Jeff Sessions is big on this stuff.
Meanwhile the coup doesn´t seem to interest him much. Think I´ll pull the rest of my hair

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Ribald1, 2/10/2018 3:52:21 PM     (No. 11539778)

A large part of the problem is public ignorance about various drugs.
Just look at how many people believe pot is harmless.
The same holds for addiction. One of the withdrawal symptoms of opioids is pain, and nothing else will relieve the pain. This causes the person to think they are taking the drug to relieve pain when actually they are taking it because they are addicted.
The pain of withdrawal is severe enough that people will go to extreme measures top prevent it, like risking their life with black market items peddled as opiates.
I feel for the people trapped in addiction, I hear it in the voices of posters above.
The road out is hard, and you very likely didn´t intend to be where you are.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mamafrog, 2/10/2018 4:28:18 PM     (No. 11539806)

So much ignorance displayed in the posts here. We have a problem - it might be best to look for solutions instead of trying to find people to blame.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: chumley, 2/10/2018 5:04:43 PM     (No. 11539823)

I can kind of sympathize to a degree. Some years ago I had to get emergency surgery because of an unfortunate accident. They had IV pain killers going into me for about 24 hours after. I didnt feel buzzed or loopy or anything like that. What I did feel was all the aches and pains of old age gone. They come on gradually and we learn to live with them, but then one day they are gone and you feel 20 again?
I haven´t touched a pain killer since then. It scares the hell out of me that I might stop feeling as old as I am supposed to.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 2/10/2018 5:23:10 PM     (No. 11539831)

ultimately the problem is one of extremes. Doctors begin giving out pain killers too easily, then the government cracks down. So doctors are reluctant to give out pain killers, then the government cracks down the other way.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/10/2018 5:28:06 PM     (No. 11539835)

6 years ago, I had major shoulder surgery. Took Vicodin for 3 months, did PT and thankfully recovered and never felt the urge for more painkillers. But I remember that awful pain and I never minimize how folks who live with chronic pain must feel. It wears you down and out. They need pain relief. That must not be discounted.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/10/2018 7:37:21 PM     (No. 11539945)

Oxycontin was developed for cancer patients - it delivered the medication on a time release basis, which eliminated peaks a valleys of pain.
Junkies quickly figured out that they could crush the tablets, snort the stuff, and get a really big high.
Most pain patients are not junkies. They have damaged bodies. Pain is real. Pain is debilitating.
What we are going through right now is insane. Public policy driven by anecdote is not a good way to operate.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Scrubber, 2/10/2018 7:47:02 PM     (No. 11539951)

The "Opiod Crisis" is absolutely driven by Big Laxative. Trust me, I know.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Howard Adams, 2/10/2018 10:08:39 PM     (No. 11540017)

Don´t forget The Joint Commission (formerly known as JCAHO -- Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) making "Pain" the 5th vital sign. One must really dig deep to find a graph showing the number of prescriptions for pain relievers before 2001. As you can expect, doctors treated pain with --- Pain Relievers. It just basic physiology. Those with a susceptibility to addiction are at risk for addiction, and it has happened. Meanwhile, patients who function very capably on adequate doses of opioid narcotics are left hurting when adequate treatment is prohibited.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: nerdowell, 2/11/2018 1:14:39 AM     (No. 11540097)

I was on heavy doses of opioids for several month over an infection on my spine. The dosage was increased for a spell to control seizures I started getting. Once they subsided I went back to just managing pain.

I was stoned. No pain, no worries.I had to taper, but 2 years hence I have no desire for it. I still have pain but I can tolerate it with naproxen and tylenol.

There is nothing like a clear head and restored instincts and drives. I thank God for giving it to me.

I´m at a loss as to why anyone would voluntarily ice their own spirit.But all that being said, Opium is a blessing. It is cruel and criminal to deny it to the ones who need it because somebody misuses it.

I´m pretty sure it´s not opiates that´s the problem.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Smart11344, 2/11/2018 2:32:32 PM     (No. 11540491)

I need to comment on a post above. If you take an opiate product, as I do, Vicodin, it´s wise to use Miralax or a generic. Opiates, in use by most people, will become constipated.

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