Reply to "Managing Pain in an Opioid Crisis World"

Orlando Dawg posted:

 I think this is all due to the crisis and not because they think i will get addicted but because of all the additional hassle and checking the government will do against them. 

This is a correct conclusion- they are worried about their butts and not yours. The opioid crisis has caused doctors criminal liability, and when they see their peers going to jail for overprescribing pain meds to opioid addicts who then OD, they stop doing it. One of my high school classmates is currently in jail (federal prison- 7 year sentence) for prescribing pain meds like candy to a woman who OD’d from them. 

My PCP has also stopped prescribing sleep aids like Ambien, even though he used to give me scrips for it. I never had any addiction issues. He is just running scared and doesn’t want to lose his license or get prosecuted. Being someone who is in the system myself (I am an insurance defense attorney who frequently has personal injury cases where the treatment is driven by pain med addictions), I understand why he is doing what he is doing. It is what it is. You gotta live with it or get drugs in the streets, but the street stuff is all laced with fentanyl and it could kill you if you don’t have a reliable supplier. 

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