This is the doctor who started the trouble with his PROP proposal:
Dr. Andrew Kolodny is the Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Phoenix House Foundation in New York. He’s also a go-to source for journalists looking for perspective on the nation’s prescription drug abuse problem. (It makes sense that his job would keep him in high administrative cirlces far above the trenches were the suffering takes place)
Here’s his outrageous view, which he claims to be fact:
By prescribing opioids to chronic pain patients, a treatment that’s unlikely to work and may even worsen pain, the medical community is undertreating pain and failing in its responsibility to ease suffering. And if the pain patient becomes opioid addicted, they’ll be left with a devastating chronic disease that may kill them.
Is it just my experience, or is this nonsense? You can read my Comment at the bottom and add your own.
This attitude made me so angry, I (perhaps unwisely) let it “all hang out” on Twitter too when I noticed a conversation about this article with three anti-opiate “experts” ganged up on a patient advocate. She was fighting back so bravely that I felt compelled to speak out in her support. I identified myself as a pain patient (patients are rarely heard from in these articles and Twitter arguments) and stated I would have killed myself without opiates for my pain. Perhaps a bit too outspoken?
You can see the context in the excerpted conversation at:
(you’ll have to go to the 2nd “page” of the conversation to find my audacious statement)