Health care in the US was making such great strides just a few years ago with their “Person-Centered Care” philosophy. They realized that the best outcomes happen when you treat each patient as not only a human being, but you include them in the “Care Team” and in fact, make them the focal point of that team.
Then along comes Opioid Paranoia, and suddenly the “baby is thrown out with the bath water”.
Rather than pulling together an interdisciplinary team (including the patient) and keeping the patient as the focal point, Opioids become the focal point and are deemed so dangerous that they become outlawed – by the government, medical society, and even the public at large – and NO ONE may use them.
But what about those who need opioids to control the pain they are experiencing that nothing else can solve, or even provide relief for? Are they simply left with only such destructive, and in some cases illegal, options such as drinking, illicit drugs, catatonic drugs, or worse?
Please let’s re-evaluate the situation and realize this is NOT a “one-size-fits-all” situation. Let’s go back to true “Person-Centered Care” and allow these folks the options that will enable them to at least function in their lives.