It has taken me three days to get thru this thread. By the way its a wonderful thread!!!! I havent went to the painfoundation site yet but will today.
Did anyone read the news about Danny Gans? He died from taking Hydromorphine. This happened just the other day. They have been questioning the doctor who prescribed it. This is the sum of the story.
Gans had a shoulder injury went to the doctor. Doctor gave him the pain med. Next visit Gans said he didn't like the medication but refused any other pain med saying it could weaken his vocal cords. (he worked on the Vegas strip as a preformer) Months later he went back for another follow up said his shoulder still hurt but once again refused pain meds. Opted for a conservative approach to medical treatment. Now just weeks later they found him dead from taking the hydromorphin.
The county coroner has said the cause of the 52-year-old singer and impressionist's sudden death was "acute hydromorphone toxicity" and "chronic pain syndrome." He ruled out drug abuse.
They also looked in the registery and found out he didn't have any current scripts for it also. He used the old one.
Here's my view. Great have a national registry for scripts on meds. I'm not worried I only take what is prescribed. Most of us would agree on that one. Then a person can only get an X amount of scripts. The DEA and FDA never win on drug abuse. Abusers will find them regardless restrictions only affect us not them. They don't follow the rules we are the ones who do. Abusers want an easy fix they won't stay around for procedures and tests. Anymore restrictions will just make it harder on us who need them and will NOT effect the abusers. My fathers girlfriend is an addict and she lets my dad jump through all the hoops so it doesn't bother her.
My main problem with all this is government has to much say in our daily life as it is. Now the government wants to make our doctors scared, make us suffer and decrease our quality of life because of the people who abuse and don't even get there meds through doctors most the time. My husband will freak out when he hears about this. He is so patrotic through and through but he passionatly believes the government needs to butt out. He thinks they are trying to get us to rely on them for everything we get in our lives. But meds shouldn't be in that bracket!
If I didn't have my meds I wouldn't be able to work, sleep or have quality time with my family. I don't mind having to jump thru hoops with procedures for I found out one of them gives me about 25% relief. Its take alot of time out of my schedule, changing around work and making sure someone can drive me home every monday. But any relief is better then none in my book.
Ok thats more then two cents worth...lol
39 yr young female with,
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
Also CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) and Sleep Apnea
Hopefully NO MORE........ I think I have it all
Post Edited (LLPLUV) : 6/13/2009 8:49:06 AM (GMT-6)