posted on Jul, 2 2012 @ 05:39 PM
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
reply to post by getreadyalready
As a kid growing up with constant ear infections I could have used some real pain relief. All I remember is laying on the floor for days hoping I
would die so the pain would stop. I don't get why everyone is so excited over this issue, aren't children entitled to real pain relief or is that
reserved for adults only?
It's not the kids that are the issue, it would be the parents who might seek to have them prescribed for the child only to take them themselves. In
that case I would make the parents urine test to ensure they weren't taking them.
I fully appreciate the addictive quality of these drugs, they are wicked bad but to those in pain they are a gift from heaven.
If they are proven safe for children then by all means they should have access to the same drugs as any patient
Btw - Not any doctor can prescribe oxycontin, they must be certified in pain medicine (at least in Virginia, perhaps it's nationwide). Believe me,
they don't just hand them out to anybody. The vast majority are only written for patients in true chronic pain.
edit on 2-7-2012 by
Asktheanimals because: (no reason given)
I will start by addressing the quote "I don't see why everyone is getting so excited over this issue"...
#1) This opoid is extremely addictive and dangerous. The stats showing the withdrawl effects and overdose potential are frightening. It is the
number one cause of death from a prescription medicine.
#2) Children have undeveloped brains, and the introduction of these substances has been shown to decrease cognitive ability.
#3) There are several medications now available that are not as extreme that can treat pain for things such as ear infections.
Now, "If they are proven safe for children"...
#1) They are conducting trials currently (see OP) but as the head of the Children's Hospital in Palo Alto says, he sees this as a reason to extend
the life of their patent. It is in debate the true nature of the studies.
#2) In cases of terminal diseases, it may have benefits.
#3) The question regarding your symptoms, pain from ear aches, is it worth risking a life of addiction/withdrawl symptoms to stop this horrible but
temporary pain? There is a reason morphine isn't given out easily.
Lastly, the trials are an indication that any pediatrician will be able to prescribe oxycontin. As we have seen with many drugs, this leads to abuse.
Considering the known dangers of this drug, wouldn't it be prudent to say, a year of pain is better than a life lost to the drug? I guess I just
don't trust Perdue and their studies in the matter, just like many pediatrician doctors.