When I went for a follow-up with my doc after going to the hospital in Dec. My doc had a major fit because I was prescribed narcotics without his permission. I use to be addicted to pill about 20 years ago.
I have to be in a great deal of pain to take them. I have a them now but I called my doc to tell him what they hospital gave me but I guess they had already contacted him to get permission this time. I will probably end up flushing most of what I have.
I use them responsibly now but back then I didn't & sure wish I had never took them in the first place.
Rather than flushing them, why not check with free clinics in the area and see if they will take them? I donated all of Bill's leftover perscriptions to one here and they were happy to get them.
Ya know I never thought about that. We do have a small clinic here that I will call & ask if they take donations like that. If they can help someone in need I would gladly donate them.
The manufacturer had sent him a several-month supply of a very expensive injection that he needed daily. He only used it for about a week or two, so I tried to return them (they were individually packaged) and they said just to throw them away. That seemed stupid to me. When I talked to the doc at the clinic here, she said they were in great need of that, and as their use was for patients who only needed one injection, it would help many people. So I asked about partial tablet Rxs, and she was happy to get those as well.
Well I am glad ya mentioned it. Its is worth asking about. I know I personally ain't gonna take that many. I am going to see if they can take all the other meds I am currently on too
There are more white upper and middle class people addicted to opioids then any other group.
Or so ive read.....
All the heroin users that were in the place i was in young white twentysomethings.
Most had decent jobs and most started with pills.
Their troubles upset me more then my own...
I went to a pain clinic for 16 years.
To my meds as directed.
When my insides started to object, i decided it was time to make a change.
Course they tell you "you arent addicted, you are dependent" NO, you are addicted.
It took everything in me to get off of the large doses of narcotics i was on.
In the end, i had to go to a detox place.
Just couldnt reduce the last step on my own.
I met just too many young people who were in there trying to kick heroin, most started with precription meds. Its is sad.
The drugs coming across the border afe just feeding habits that were mostly started my docs
If a Dr didn't prescribe a strong narcotic for severe pain, like kidney stones, what would be an alternative solution. We are back to, damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Short term, in small doses.
If you want truth, ibuprophen works almost as well.
Im in pain 24/7. But theonger you takes narcotics thae stronger dose you need. Its vicious
I agree that powerful pain meds should only be a short term solution.
I disagree that ibuprofen works almost as well.. LOL It's great for small aches and pains and even minor inguries, but it doesn't do anything for things like kidney stones, the pain after some major surgeries, or broken bones.
When I have an injury like a broken ankle, or just go through surgery, like a gall bladder removal, I want something strong for that first day or two. After that, ibuprofen generally is all I use.
Where the problem comes from, is from those who abuse it.
Sorry jim, not all do
I was prescribed increased dosages of opioids for many, many years.
I never abused them. I was given them for a purpose. And used them accordingly. When i decided to end the use, because of internal troubles, they (the doctors) tried to convince me to continue their use.
I was adament. When i started the process of weaning myself off the meds, i got down to a point that the withdrawl symptoms were unbearable. I could have stopped them as i had enough meds to kill a herd of elephants.
When i called upon the doctor for advice, they had none. They are very good at weaving the web, very bad at unravelling it. My sister had to find a place to help me.
Thank goidness for that.
I detoxed for 11 days. Thats all it took. My physolical problems are often at the forefront of my life. And some days are very difficult. But i have zero desire to mask it with those meds again
Others arent as lucky.
Their doctors prescribe pain meds for too long. Patient becomes addicted, doctor cuts them off and to the streets they go.
I know from experience that that addiction is a powerful force.
Of course many do abuse them from the get go. But much of our countrys problem starts in a doctors office....
There are some Dr's who have you come in, take your money, just give you a prescription, and send you on your way without looking at fixing the problem. Those are the ones to stay away from.
Still goes deeper then that.
There are alternatives that the medical profession just refuses to recognize.
There is no kickback from a massuese or yoga, or even cannabis.
People, like me, want immediate relief and trust their doctor and the doctors your doctor refer you to.
It basically comes down to...people need to educate themselves on what is,available and the consequences that come with an illness or condition.
There are many options and all fixes dont come in the form of a pill