Opiates must be banned. While doing so would not eliminate related issue I am positive that it would reduce future addiction. Opiates are highly addictive more so than any other drug and rip the soul from a person. I have seen this first hand. Many addicts begin their struggle with opiate addiction by first being prescribed or discovering medical opiates. When they can no longer get these they turn to heroin. There is a pandemic of opioid addiction ravaging the United States leaving a wave of disease, death, and corruption in its wake. The first step is to prevent opiates from being prescribed, next we must decriminalize addiction as the addict is a victim of the true crime of ignoring the massive opiate overtake. Addicts require rehabilitation and treatment, not imprisonment. Those who manufacture and distribute opiates are the true criminals. They are not helping people they are destroying lives and getting away with murder. Veterans are killing themselves, high school students are overdosing, and families are crumbling watching their loved ones become souless and eventually whither away.
Having lived with chronic pain for a decade I have to say I am grateful that there are medications that have helped me. I’ve tried everything for my condition and pain medication is what works for me. It helps me get out of bed and be the best person I can be. Without them I’m stuck in bed crying and wanting to die. People in pain without relief feel helpless and miserable. Quite a few even commit suicide so please tell me how fear of addiction and overdose is worse than that. As someone who has been on a steady dose for 9 years and follows the directions it’s safe to say that if you are honest and follow the directions then you won’t overdose. If someone has substance abuse issues then they probably shouldn’t take opiate medications. Personally I don’t see why people take them for fun. The few times doctors have given me more than I’m used to I get really sick. I feel normal on them (no “high” or anything like that) and function just like everyone else. I have no desire to take more and the only thing that has ever prompted me to do so is severe pain in which the increase was approved by my doctor. As soon as it resolves I immediately would return to my normal dose. I’m really pissed off that people take these for fun because they’re the ones making it difficult for the people that really need it! This “opioid epidemic” is ridiculous because in the end an addict will be an addict and find something to use. FYI I have taken myself off of opiates a few times and never had any issues nor did I crave anything. I only take them to get rid of my pain so I can actually live my life. Only a very small amount of chronic pain patients abuse their medications so why are we the ones being punished because others can’t control themselves? People need to look at the facts with this rather than assume they’re just all bad and should be banned. There are plenty of things out there that people abuse or misuse that help others, are we to ban everything? It’s inhumane to make people live in horrible pain when there’s something that can help.
If people have uncureable diseases then if opiates help them they should be able to take them. It is their bodies. If woman can abort and kill babies because it is their bodies then people with chronic pain should be allowed to take opiates. It is their bodies and if it helps their quality of life then they should get to take them. Alcohol kills just as many people and cigarettes do to and these substances are legal. So I am against banning opiate pain medication.
I have A Chronic Illness with no cure. In the 13 years of trying to control my pain I have tried many medications, PT, non evasive treatments, non narcotic treatments and also Hyberbaric Oxygen Chamber Treatments so that I have some quality of Life.
The only medication that helps me is Oxycodone and without it I would be bed ridden, with no quality of Life. I have RSD/CRPS.
Banning opiates based on their addictive factor would not help any of the related issues at all. The reason for this is that because of their addictive factor people will still find ways to get opiates illegally if a ban was placed on them. This creates more crime and doesn't help the addicted either.
I've been given morphine before when I was in the army. The reasons something could be addictive, are the very reasons why they're needed. Sometimes someone legitimately needs powerful painkillers...
As much as I don't like morphine. My strong dislike of how it felt, caused me to have it listed as an allergy (not a red dog-tag warning level, just a precaution in-case I'm ever in the hospital).