Actually, that death rate from opiads would be equal to less than 3/10ths of one percent. Extremely low risk of death.
Fortunately here in SC, no real issues getting or staying on my pain meds, nor in finding doctors that support a serious prescription drug plan for chronic pain patients. I am fortunate, that my GP, my Urologist, and my Oncologist, all fully agree on my drug mix, and feel its the right mixture for my situation right now.
The only trouble I am seeing, is at my local drug store, a male pharmacy assistant, is starting to get an attitude about me when I come in and pick up my Loratabs.
Last Saturday, as soon as I approached the counter, he said "Mr. xxx, I see you are eager for your refill."
This was with a line of people behind me. I was picking up 180 pills, my legal presciption.
Then he smugly added, "That's a lot of pills for one month."
Now I knew I didn't have to respond, and under HIPPA rules, he had no grounds for his smart mouth, but I did reply to him.
I looked at him, and said, "I am dealing with severe cancer pain related to having advanced prostate cancer, would you like to trade places with me?"
He looked away, didn't say a word, and rang it up on the register. Hopefully he learned something, perhaps not.
Good luck to you in your situation.
David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10