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The change in scheduling between oxycodone and hydrocodone leads the public to believe one is stronger than the other. They just don’t prescribe hydrocodone above 10mgs nor just the chemical alone.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by Asktheanimals
It will be a mess until we stop treating "pain" with "pain management" as a ailment and a cure. Pain has a cause, and treating the underlying cause is a cure, not just masking it with pain management.
Here in Florida 7 people per day die from prescription medicines, and many of them are not addicts at all. A cousin of mine died a few months ago. He took the prescribed dosage, and went to bed, and never woke up. The combination of pain meds and anti-depressants in a body that hadn't built up tolerances for it, was enough to stop his breathing instinct. There is a specific name for it, but I can't remember it right this second, but as you sleep, your breathing slows to a point that it should trigger an emergency response, and a shot of adrenalin raises your heartrate and reminds you to breath. With a combination of pain killers and anti-depressants, that instinct is subdued and sometimes you just don't breath anymore until you are dead.
The doctors are to blame. They should not be pacifying people with pain meds and anti-depressants. They should be helping people to live healthier and either destroy or embrace the causes for their pain (mental and physical.)
Personally, I love pain. Pain means I'm alive. It means I still have a fighting chance. I've been hurt very seriously, and it didn't hurt a bit. I know that if I'm felling a great deal of pain, then I've got a good chance of getting through whatever is ailing me at the moment. Once that dull numbness sets in, then your fighting chances are eroding quickly. If you intentionally put yourself in that dull, numb state with pharmaceuticals, then you are giving up on life.
For the record, I hate pain meds, and I barely tolerate doctors.
Originally posted by dancerolivia
You know, it's probably a sad statement when my first thought was "thank god my friend matt is already gone, or this would be the thing that kills him."
I don't think this will increase the making of addicts, but i think it will make current addicts VERY happy and VERY dead.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by mutantgenius
I hate those commercials too! The little coat of depression is kind of cute though. It almost makes you want to be depressed and have that little guy following you around.
Good luck with your mom. It is extremely difficult to get off of those pain meds, especially if the doctors won't help you. Holistic treatments can sometimes replace the pain meds. Vitamin B injections, and exercise or Yoga, but you have to have a doctor that will embrace the change. Most docs are happy with just monitoring the drugs and keeping the patient pacified.
The other thing that really bugs me is........ why are so many people in so much pain? Are we becoming that unhealthy, or just that intolerant of pain, or is there a genetic problem messing up people's spines and knees and hips? Why are so many people hurting all the time? Is it different than in decades past, or is it just a result of marketing the pain meds?
Originally posted by daryllyn
[color=dodgerblue]Prescription pain medicine addiction is a huge problem. It seems that it has spread to every region and you hear about it all the time now.
There was an ER doctor here that was the butt of a running joke at the pharmacy. They would say 'Well, Dr. N must be back in town, vicodin for everyone!'
And he really did give almost everyone a 30 count bottle.
The problem now, is that you have people abusing the system, trying to get pills they don't really need and then when someone genuinely needs them, they don't want to give them out because maybe you're an addict.
I went to the ER with a kidney stone about 2 years ago. I was made to submit to a drug test before they would give me anything for the pain. I ended up passing the thing (they were shocked by how big it was and they were surprised I was able to pass it on my own) before they could get me anything. But I see that as a problem. So many people are seeking prescription drugs that they have to question every single person that walks through the door.
Very sad, in my opinion.edit on 28-12-2011 by daryllyn because: (no reason given)edit on 28-12-2011 by daryllyn because: (no reason given)
I do believe it is all intertwined. The lifestyle is what causes the drug use. The pharmaceutical companies are more than happy to oblige. Hell. They run the FDA don't they? They make us sick so that they can "make us better" What a strange world.