Gramps over the years I have seen numerous shows on prescription drugs from Oprah and the others and it seems they dont put us in a good light.
Alot of them have catchy names like" housewives addicted to prescription pain meds" Just once it would be nice for them to show the other side of this wouldnt it?
All the hype over Oxy and now methadone and the increase in deaths and overdoses but who and where are the shows that indicate these meds change lives for some and actually save lives for others?
A few months back the local paper here ran a month long story on how this lady got addicted to oxy and how it sent her to jail and made her lose her kids,destroyed her life and marraige,isolated her family and forced her into homelessness. These are the kinds of articles that forever hurt us! Not once was there any mention of the many many folks helped by these meds or the lives saved by them. It was all about her and her loses and they even went so far as to ostrazize the Docs who prescribed these meds for her and the ER for "handing out" these meds like halloween candy? Cant say I know who these Docs are or even the ERs handing out meds this way as I am familiar with all the ers and most of the Docs as I have lived here most of my life!
The point is the meds didnt cause her all this greif Gramps her search for happiness and peace all of which she must of been lacking in her life did,no one forced her to lie to the Docs about her pain issues to obtain meds,no one bent her arm to forge scripts or rob folks for money to obtain them illegally and no one is to blame for her putting an addiction before her family and kids,she alone made those choices but yet it made her out to be a saint gone bad by way of the pharmacuetical companies hypes,the Docs who would rather treat pain then deny someone pain meds that actually might be in pain.
How do we get the otherside of this story told? Who will listen to our voices when their storeis make more dramatic reading?
Some days it is just too big a picture to look at and not get discouraged.
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arthritis,sciatica all that being a CPer entails!
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