Opioids – the name throws fear into the hearts of many! Why? Because most do not have much experience with it; therefore they do not understand it. And, as with most things that we do not really know but hear a few tales about, they immediately jump to fear and apprehension, condemning that which they ought not.
For a people who go to great lengths to admonish against stereotyping, judging, prejudice, and bigotry, it is shocking to see how normal they feel stereotyping and judging people with chronic pain. From their own bigoted and prejudiced, “holier than thou” stance they have turned on all those who struggle with debilitating medical conditions, condemning them as drug addicts who simply need to be detoxified in order for their lives to improve.
One such woman, manager at a pain clinic who ought to have known better, said, “Our goal is to get people off of opioids, and improve the quality of their lives.” When asked, “What if it doesn’t improve the quality of their lives?”, she quickly responded, “Then, we failed.” No remorse for those people, no concern for their well-being, nothing to offer them except, “Our goal is to get people off of opioids, and improve the quality of their lives.”
While that might be an admirable goal for some, there are those who will never be able to live pain-free, and for whom opioids are what improves the quality of their lives. Indeed, opioids are enabling them to be alive; to continue to function; to keep from becoming totally disabled and bed-ridden, barely able to move, and weeping from the pain; even keeping their bodies from shutting down and requiring exorbitantamounts of time, effort, money, equipment, and resources (i.e. dialysis, care givers, etc.) to stay alive.
Of course, if we allow society to continue down this path that the media is laying out, without standing up to them, people will be coerced into living lives filled with pain, and forced to make unpleasant, downright dangerous choices to find relief. They may well turn to such “therapeutic” choices as drinking, illicit drugs, dangerous levels of over-the-counter drugs, or even suicide to escape the incredible, never-ending, unfathomable pain.
And that puts us right back where we started, only worse, because now it is no longer by accident.
Where is the voice of reason?