I have chronic pain and am no longer on opiods. (Safer, off-label, organic alternatives abound). I was on them off and on for years as a result of sports injuries from exercise bulimia. I loved high impact sports like running, tennis and professional beach volleyball.
I paid for my excesses. With interest.
In terms of the opiod epidemic, why not me? I have bipolar disorder and am the most addictive person I know. Somehow, I didn’t fall down the rabbit hole.
For me, Opiates were simply a means to a pain free life.
The side effects eventually made me uncomfortable enough to quit, which I did alone in my home; assisted by a muscle relaxer.
Today I put up with more pain, but that’s ok with me.
I just worry about other people who are in even more pain than I am whose access will be cut due to this ‘epidemic’ fueled by criminals and addicts looking for a high.
When I say it’s not just about the drugs, I mean this: In the United States, a semi-synthetic opiate is being developed for use as an antidepressant.
What we need is a non addictive pain medicine for those of us who are legitimate pain patients. Why isn’t there one?