Sunday, January 29, 2012
I wrote this 15 years ago and some things have changed but not much, and not for the good . Thank you for reading; comments are welcomed!
I AM NOT A DRUG ADDICT. Good doctors are having their names maligned, are at risk of losing their malpractice insurance, their licenses, their finances, their freedom and on rare occasions, their lives. Some doctors chose suicide, after being harassed, arrested and tried. Even when these trials end in acquittal, careers are left in shambles due to the doctor not being able to fight the government and it’s blank check. And patients are left with no where to turn. While some doctors misuse their privileges, the number being arrested and brought down on charges far exceeds reasonability, amounting to nothing less then a witch hunt.
I AM NOT A DRUG ADDICTS. The concern over addiction is unfounded, according to the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine, yet addiction is often cited as the reason for this crackdown. I have documents of the DEA’s classifications of controlled substances as written by a physician (the government is busy reclassifying these medications), a clarification of the myths surrounding the use of narcotics for pain and it’s history, and several documents concerning the use of medical marijuana, including why some states have adopted its’ use while other states oppose it. Pharmaceutical companies are blocking access to non-narcotic over-the-border options, and money is an enormous roadblock for the sick. Pharmacies are refusing to fill certain orders, or demand cash when again, money is an issue for the sick.
I AM NOT A DRUG ADDICT. What would happen if an insulin-dependent diabetic were denied their medication? How about those with heart, thyroid or kidney disease? At the moment, it’s the class of drug at issue, even though these medications do the same thing other medications do — they treat a disease— one called chronic pain. And used correctly, it works well. True pain patients do not experience a high or sense of euphoria the way the addict does due to the very slow increases (called titrating) in the level of the medication. Addicts crush and either inject or snort large doses of the drug. There are many documents explaining the difference between addiction and dependency, written by physicians. Withdrawal is not a sign of addiction. Used incorrectly, virtually any drug or food is harmful and/or addictive. And people withdrawal from non-narcotics. Withdrawal is the safe, smart way to discontinue using a medication.
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