My house was broken into on Christmas Eve a few years ago by addicts hooked on Oxycontin.
A longtime friend lost his house and everything he owned because of financial problems stemming from his wife’s addiction to Oxycontin.
Another longtime friend lost his wife to suicide related to her addiction to opioids.
Opioid based painkillers replace one type of pain with another. No thanks; I’ve seen the damage done, and I’ll have no part of that.
I am sorry about you and your friend’s experiences — but the drug is not to blame, it’s the people. Many illegal drugs are illegal and people still find and take them.
You can’t blame the car for people driving it recklessly, nor the alcohol for people abusing it.
Also — just because some abuse it, that is no reason to make it unavailable to everyone else.
There may be some unethical doctors who write prescriptions wholesale, but the vast majority are ethical and now they will all be afraid and won’t want to write prescriptions even for people who truly need it.
Doctors are already even reluctant to write prescription for “regular” medications, which are not at all in the addictive category — just to save money for the insurance company, writing prescriptions for cheaper drugs, that are not the most effective for the condition and are reluctant to write prescriptions for ones that are more effective, but more expensive. Same with ordering tests.
Doctors’ judgment is being substituted by government edicts of “one size fits all”, to the detriment of patient care.
“Opioid based painkillers replace one type of pain with another. No thanks; Ive seen the damage done, and Ill have no part of that.”
Easy to say, until you find yourself thrashing about, out of control, with pain that only opiates can control.
Been there, experienced it. In my case, surgery relieved the pain but without the opiate based pain killer, I was unable to hold still for the CAT scan which I knew was essential prior to any operation.
SOmetimes, will alone can’t overcome pain.
As for addiction, remove the government and most of those issues go away.
Just removing the War on Drugs and the militarized Geheimness StaatPoleitzi we know as SWAT teams would be worth any number of addicts killing themselves with open market drugs.
Cheap drugs remove the major reason that druggies commit crimes - that reason being crime is presently their only way to finance their addiction.
Decriminalize drugs, remove criminals largest motive to commit crimes
Their life is their business. Don’t “protect” them by infringing my rights!
Druggie deaths is never a valid reason to infringe the rights of American citizens.
Well, good for you. But do you have the insight to understand that what is good for you is not necessarily good for everyone else?