Yep, it happens way too many times and this is one of the reasons we have trouble getting pain medications. IMHO, the biggest culprit is the media. Any time the word 'oxycontin' comes up, especially if it's related to a famous name, they go hog wild repeating the same old stories of how dangerous it is to take and on and on. The thugs, druggies and goofballs (nicest word I could think of) have really screwed things up for many of us who live with chronic pain.
A few years ago the small-town pharmacy I go to was robbed at gunpoint. The owner was way smarter than the robber...lol how can someone who's robbing a drugstore for a fix be called smart?...lol.. and in broad daylight about
4 in the afternoon this guy walks in with some sort of mask on. He asks for the all of the oxycontin within 60 seconds and says he has a gun strapped to his leg. (how would he get to that gun fast enough to do anything...lol??) The owner/pharmacist was smart and handed it to him. His first concern were all of the people in the store and not putting them in jeopardy. Those were his friends and neighbors and no way was he going to let them get hurt. He was caught 2 hours later and was also a suspect on an earlier pharmacy robbery.
Personally, I took oxycontin for many years. Since our insurance upped our copay yet another time I finally said...Enough! I asked Doc to switch me to MS Contin, which I had to use once before, and it's a lot easier mentally to get my prescript
ion filled. Even the sweetest gal at the pharmacy who I've known for years made a nasty comment to me one day about
me taking the oxy! Like I'm the one prescribing it???
We fight on all fronts just to get the medications we need so we can have some sort of quality to our lives. The best way to continue the fight is to stick together and keep educating the rest of the world that we're all not taking it for the 'feel'. Those of us with chronic pain take it to survive.
Sorry for rambling on...
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