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Opioids Are Survival, Not An Epidemic, For Some People

Sunday 18 February 2018


From US newspaper The Wichita Eagle:


Kirk Seminoff
Kirk Seminoff

Opioids are survival, not an epidemic, for some people

By Kirk Seminoff
February 16, 2018
© 2018 The Wichita Eagle

I wrote a column last fall about the opioid epidemic and how it was becoming a bigger problem in Kansas. The point was that many sides – lawmakers, insurance companies, physicians, treatment centers – needed to reach consensus on how to best attack the problem of people abusing the drugs.

A reader reminded me I forgot about a segment of the story: the patients who legitimately need opioids to battle chronic pain and have productive lives.

“It’s real easy to say, ‘Crack down on opioids,’ but at what cost to those of us who actually need them?” said James, a 66-year-old Wichita businessman. “There are some of us who absolutely have to have these drugs or we can be in bed all day in great pain and utterly unproductive and on disability.

“Which is better for society?”

James, by the way, isn’t his real name. He’d rather not reveal his identity. Close friends and co-workers know he has severe spinal-related pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, but he doesn’t want the world to know.


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