As the crack down continues and the FDA, CDC, DEA are exerting more pressure on big pharma and physicians people who suffer from legitimate ailments are becoming victims.
Whether it be chronic pain, Anxiety disorders, Nerve pain from diabetes, it has become harder and harder to get medications for controlled substances.
Oxycodone, Xanax, Ritalin, Lyrica, should They be Banned?
Ten years ago I suffered multiple fractures and open compound fractures from a motor vehicle accident I was given every pain medication under the sun. I needed it I was in unbearable pain.
Accordingly as I recovered and the pain subsided I reduced the pain meds and eventually stopped.
Opiates are bad for you, they serve a purpose, but only under extreme circumstances and for short periods of time.
That said, there are many medications that are controlled substances that are necessary, for example Lyrica, it’s primarily for fibramyalga, and diabetic nerve pain.
It’s considered a controlled substance, I personally don’t know why, because when I take it, it’s no different than blood pressure medication.
However as I discovered recently when I decided to stop taking it, I began to get sick, I felt I was detoxing off of benzo’s or opiates.
I had pain in my feet, but I called the doctor and got a refill more to not feel sick than to reduce the nerve pain.
I had the doctor switch me to gabapentin, which is in the same group of meds as lyrica but is not a controlled substance.
Why I don’t know. I’m not sure who makes the rules, I am not sure they know exactly what they are doing.
I’m not sure what they are doing is more to cover there ass than what’s in the patient’s best interest.
Nevertheless gabapintin is not a controlled substance and is controlling my pain.
Although I do take benzodiazepines and have for a long time, and they are a controlled substances, I probably will continue with them.
That said if at all possible avoid taking controlled substances, you innocently get hooked up on them, it becomes very difficult for doctors to understand and all of a sudden your a drug addict.
More over many of these drugs have harmful long term effects.
So in the advent of the opiate epidemic, which I blame on big pharma, and irresponsible doctors. I blame on a huge systemic issue to massive to unwind.
In summary, while I have never done illicit drugs and do not drink, my advice based on experience, is if at all possible avoid controlled substances.
In the late 1970’s and 1980’s the United States started the war on Drugs, which to include driving while drinking.
DUI’s are a subject on their own. However prescription drugs given to people for legitimate reasons who than become addicted to them as a result of something called tolerance which is clearly stated in the manufacturers pamphlet for the medication.
These people need not be put in jail, they need rehabilitation, they are not criminals. They suffer from legitimate medical disorders and are sick, they are not a danger to society.
The United States has more people incarcerated than any other industrial country and maybe more than all of them combined and those country’s don’t have nearly the drug problem we have. 80% of all people incarcerated, in jail or prison are as a result of drug related issues.
Is this really the right way to address this issue. I don’t think so. In most states in the US marijuana is illegal, I don’t smoke it, but I don’t know why it is illegal. Alcohol which is legal is far more dangerous. Actually I do know why, it’s all about the benjimans.
Clearly the war on drugs is not working!!!