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  1. I want to see proof that opioids *cause* pain. Just like coffee (and cigarettes, and alcohol, and many other drugs), that first-ever cup perks you right up. Then a month later, you find yourself needing to drink two cups, then three, and so on. After drinking coffee for years, try *not* drinking coffee for a day, and see how you're feeling that afternoon. It takes more, and more, and more just to wake yourself up. But that doesn't mean coffee *induces* fatigue; it means your body becomes dependent on caffeine, and needs more of it to perform the same task. If it were true that opioids *cause* pain: A significant percentage of recreational opioid users - who are *not* chronic pain patients - would develop chronic pain. I defy anyone to show me one single shred of evidence that this has occurred. Ever. Also, as a lesser example: A significant percentage of chronic pain patients would develop worsening pain, instead of their baseline pain merely returning to where it was (and requiring the same dose of opioids to keep it there) - both human psychology and the passage-of-time come into play very heavily in this scenario - much more so than the one above. People who have experienced relief on opioids will lie, cheat, and steal to maintain that relief, and no "study" or "poll" will be accurate, because they're being accused of being "criminals," "drug addicts," "liars," etc., when all they're trying to do is get relief from the pain which is ruining their lives. I predict that if opioids become illegal, or even harder to obtain for chronic pain patients than they are now, our nation's suicide rate will double within five years - with chronic-pain patients, it might even triple. It isn't the withdrawal that would drive these people to take their own lives; it's the never-ending pain which will be left untreated for day after week after month after year after decade. If you're a chronic-pain patient reading this, I have very good reason to believe that the St. Jude's DRG Stimulator will become MRI-compatible within a year. The stimulator is a fucking joke. Yes, the "ghetto-dwelling junkie" from the 1970s was in the *exact* same situation (with the exception that most were originally looking for euphoria, instead of seeking pain relief) - still, they sure as *hell* didn't deserve to be stigmatized, marginalized, and criminalized the way they were - I wish I could transport myself back in time and defend them. I'm right, and everyone else is wrong. I predict medical science will realize that opioids induce "tolerance" and "dependence," but do *not* induce "amplification of pain." You heard it here first - this is original thought, and hasn't been confirmed by anybody or anything. But I know I'm right.
  2. This has been percolating for a while. The Sackler family (there are several branches) have been generous philanthropists, especially to art museums, and several major museums have named wings or programs after them. Locally, the best known example is the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, part of the Smithsonian Institute. The catch is the Sackler family owns the privately held Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin (Oxycodone has been around since 1916, the patented drug OxyContin since 1995). Now there is a growing backlash against the Sackler family, who many activists believe have knowingly profited from the opioid crisis. In 2007, Purdue pleaded guilty to misleading the public about OxyContin's risk of addiction and paid a $600 million settlement. There are still multiple lawsuits open against the company. Several notes: Arthur Sackler had already passed by the time Purdue Pharma developed Oxy and his share in Purdue was sold to his brothers at the time of his death. His widow states it is unfair to tie him and their wealth to the opioid crisis. However, he was a pioneer in the direct marketing of pharmaceutical drugs to doctors and helped make Valium the first $100 million drug. Mortimer and Raymond Sackler co-owned Purdue Pharma. Washington Post article New Yorker article
  3. "Fake News" - A concept Donald Trump invented to keep the media at bay, right? Well, not so fast ... Here is a partial list of major news outlets that published this false story without proper fact checking. These are sources that I found in about five minutes - there are many more: NBC News, CBS News, ABC Chicago, Washington Post, The Express, Huffington Post, Daily Beast, Breitbart (nice irony, assholes), NY Daily News, Inside Edition, Vox, NY Post, CNN I read this story, saw it was about Fentanyl, and thought to myself, 'This cannot be right. Either this "white powder" isn't Fentanyl, or the story is completely false.' And yet, it scared the hell out of me, because I AM A FENTANYL PATIENT for the pain I'm in (and *our nanny government* is forcing doctors to discontinue it because of false reports like this story). Karen used it, too, when she had cancer, for several months - I used to be right next to her when she was sucking on a Fentanyl lollipop. Hell, I used to open and hand her the lollipops. The story reports that an officer dusted some white powder off his shirt with his hand, and then "within minutes, fell to the floor," having an overdose. That's not how Fentanyl works! It takes Fentanyl many hours to begin working, and skin contact cannot possibly absorb the medication that quickly. I put on a 50mcg, 72-hour transdermal patch of fentanyl last night at 11:30 PM, and woke up at 6 AM this morning - not overdosing, but in so much pain that I reached straight for my rescue medication for breakthrough pain. Just a few months ago, I was on *double the dose*, and even that wasn't enough. "The Viral Story about the Cop Who Overdosed by Touching Fentanyl is Complete Nonsense" by Jerry Samuel Faust on slate.com Either the Slate story is false, or all the other stories are false. As someone who takes Fentanyl, I can *promise* you that Slate got it right. All these "opioid overdose" stories you're reading about are a result of people *abusing their medications*, and guess who's going to suffer the most? That's right: legitimate, chronic pain patients like me who take them *exactly* as prescribed. And who are in *absolutely NO danger* from them. Now, every doctor in the country is too scared to accept new opioid patients, and my current doctor has his panties in a knicker, and has decided to stop prescribing opioids to *everyone*. My doctor pulled me aside and told me that "the pendulum has swung WAY too far in the opposite direction," and that he'll no longer be prescribing opioids because he's afraid of losing his license (this, after spending the past several years *increasing* my dose). Don't feel sorry for him - he's deliberately falsifying his dictations about our appointments to make himself sound more innocent, instead of having the balls to stand up to our dictatorial government - he knows full well I need this medication, but he's looking out for himself). Guess where that's going to leave your humble moderator? Guess where that's going to leave readers of this website? What is going to happen to people who have permanent nerve damage, or pain from broken backs and hips that will never go away? This country is going to see innocent pain patients who really *need* powerful pain medications begin committing suicides, and then these morons in the media are going to start asking themselves why all these suicides are happening. Well, I can answer that for you right now: Because chronic pain patients are deciding it's no longer worth it to live with the pain they're in now that the government is strong-arming doctors into denying their medications. All because of stories like this. And because the media has refused to separate addicts from honest, chronic pain patients who take these drugs as prescribed. Mark my words. I see this coming down the pike within a couple of years, and people are going to feel guilty as hell about it. Or, maybe they just won't care since it doesn't involve themselves. So what's the bigger public health crisis? Addicts who abused the medical system because they didn't have the discipline to follow their doctors' orders? Or legitimate chronic pain patients committing suicide because there is no longer adequate pain relief to be found? Or, perhaps worst of all, legitimate chronic pain patients who can't afford health insurance to pay for their medication, and decide to use heroin as their option of last resort? (The latter two groups could easily merge into one, once opioids become unobtainable through legal means.) The news outlets have never bothered to separate these into distinct groups of people, so how could you possibly know?
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