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Report highlights the dangers of opioid painkillers

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January 15, 2015

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Inez Deborah Emilia Altar
March 10, 2015

I am against the use of painkillers as a curative system, but not in trauma medicine such as war medicine, but depending on which cases such as some broken bones, and minor injuries, I am not sure if an academic professional is in trouble here in the Assacaias and Lezíria region.

Inez Deborah Emilia Altar
March 10, 2015

I wonder if a woman right now is in urgent trauma need she could have a big piece of brain tissue from my mother Leni Ingegerd Sjoegren who is a Swedish citizen and or from me it would be in the Alviela, Assacaias, Lezíria, fields or in Sweden perhaps at some visiting nuns.´or the PSP.

klaus
February 13, 2015

This Doctor does not understand pain what so ever. Only chronic pain individuals understand what truly works. Always lousy anti depressants. They never mention all the individuals that go off on killing spree’s are taking some form of anti depressant. They want to be selective and discriminate which pain can be treated. Cancer pain is ok but other pain people must suffer it out. As far as individuals dying ever year what they fail to mention is the mix of alcohol and opiates. The combination is deadly. I have had 4 back surgeries and take 40mg of percocet a day. It works for me. Personally This Doctor needs some pain inflicted on him and see how he feels. Then let him take some anti depressants .

Inez Deborah Emilia Altar
January 23, 2015

I am being persecuted by obscene medical professional molestations not from the European Union who do not understand I follow a system of health which rejects painkillers but do think I can appeal for donations to Kobane survivor Christian Mongol descendants Christian since the Middle Ages and Assyrian Christians and their People´s Protection Force of morphine to be able to fight off ISIS which intends to kill all including women and babies, the sick, pregnant women and the old, and wounded and have paid for the donation of a token startoff donation to a Portuguese online pharmacy entitling the donation for the purpose and stipulating delivery via a Portuguese Ministry competent for this purpose in charity and also please ask if an international emergency association could be contacted immediately to help the severely clinically depressed and injured at a plot of land next to my home southern side fenced all around Assacaias, Santarém district Portugal European Union

dr0p3rz
January 23, 2015

In my case, the dose I needed to quell my severe back pain kept getting higher.

adamjacksonsky
January 22, 2015

Great piece! wow that is good describe all about the opioid painkiller and I am fully agreed with the point of view of this writer and think all man and women should read food and health article

aryan khan
January 22, 2015

It starts with drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin—prescription narcotics that can make days bearable if you are recovering from surgery or suffering from cancer. But they can be as addictive as heroin and are rife with deadly side effects.
High-strength painkillers known as opioids represent the most widely prescribed class of medications in the United States. And over the last decade, the number of prescriptions for the strongest opioids has increased nearly fourfold, with only limited evidence of their long-term effectiveness or risks, federal data shows.

“Doctors are prescribing like crazy,” said Dr. C. Richard Chapman, the director of the Pain Research Center at the University of Utah.

Medical professionals have long been on high alert about powerful painkillers like OxyContin because of their widespread abuse by teenagers and others for recreational purposes.

Megan
January 19, 2015

Great piece! The information provided here is pertinent in examining the dangers of opioid-prescribing methods. Dr. Rathmell is quoted as bringing up an important component of this dilemma in stating that this option should only be used short-term and only if no other alternative is available. People are accustomed to wanting quick treatment methods, and likely due to unbearable pain, yet every other option should be explored fully before resorting to a life-long dependence on opioids, be it physically, behaviorally, or otherwise. I personally am a firm believer in holistic methods, simply because I have seen them work. It never hurts to try. Doctors have no problem over-prescribing these meds and then cutting them off abruptly, leaving the patient physically ill, withdrawing, and panic-striken with desperation because the question then becomes “now what?” Ironically enough, a side effect of pain medication is that your are in more physical pain when you immediately stop than you were before starting! If only the consumers were educated on the dangers of these drugs and possessed the knowledge to question the decisions made by their doctors…

The widespread abuse of narcotic pain medication and illicit opiates in the Boston area and is astronomical and is of major concern. I would say it’s highly alarming when in the last 11 years, I personally have had more than 15 friends/acquaintances pass away from opiate-related deaths. We must educate ourselves on the dangers of this type of treatment option and decide if the pros outweigh the cons. Are you willing to take the risk? We as patients should never be afraid to question the advice of our doctors and choose what is the best option for us.

David Winslow
January 17, 2015

Good piece. A diverse set of tools to fight the addictive disorders is certainly valuable, especially when uniquely integrated per patients needs. It’s important to consider that physicians can be limited (and legally responsible for big medicine care) with effective alternatives as far as opiate treatments go. Patients with chronic pain need relief and are stuck in the middle. Dialogues are increasing, hopefully legit headway can be made quickly.

Judy
January 16, 2015

My primary care doctor has no problem with prescribing oxycodone (low dose). Contrary to the above comment, I know I am addicted- everyone is I think. However, my only noticeable symptom is sleeplessness if I miss a dosage. I can’t undestand why it is acceptable for cancer patients but not for those in so much chronic pain they want to die. I am a 2 x cancer survivor and went through hell but not the hell of 24/7 chronic back pain and osteoarthritis. The drug is on my formulary but my plan is denying coverage. I think decision makers are making patients pay for mistakes made by prescribers and those using drugs illegally. I’ve had FBS and cannot take most antinflamitory drugs due to a brain bleed. Narcotics help me to a large degree and it is my hope the authorities will catch and punish those for giving them a terrible name. The side effects are no worse than the anti-seizure drugs I take and have caused me numerous consequences.

Kimberly
January 15, 2015

I have lower back Stenious and on cummadin. Those spinal shots I had before cummadin didnot help so Im on Ms C for 5 yrs low dose 30mg I feel at that dose it helps me. Im not addicted to it and I have tried PT hot rock ice nothing works. I believe if they give you low dose and you take it as prescribed then its not addicting. If America in states ok medical Marijuanna I smoke that instead iof pills.

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