April 4, 2007
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Let me come out and say this first, I am bald. I shave my head every day and actually enjoy the ritual, the clean fresh start it gives me in the morning is wonderful. Anyone that has heard me lecture on addiction knows that I am a firm believer in benign routines; they have a positive grounding effect on one’s life.
However, and this is a BIG however, Britney Spears shaving her head between abbreviated rehab visits was anything but benign. Yeah, I know this is old news but I wanted to use her actions as an example instead of just piling on during the feeding frenzy of last month. Hopefully Ms. Spears is doing well after a protracted stay in rehab and I wish her the best of luck. Now back to our story…
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March 28, 2007
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"How many need opioids but don’t get them? Those numbers are hard to come by, but “pain is really undertreated in our society,” opioid specialist Dr. Christopher Evans of the University of California, Los Angeles, told the NIH meeting."~ AP Story on MSNBC"
This recent AP story is supposedly about the development of abuse-resistant painkillers but the quote above found about midway through the article makes its clear that its not just the drugs that are the problem. I do not doubt that there are legitimate cases in the US where people who really need opioids are denied them because of financial, insurance, or bureaucratic reasons. But in a society where one can limp to a doc-in-a-box and proceed to walk out with a pain medication script, sometimes twice in the same day, I find it hard to believe that pain is really undertreated in our society. I know of people with chronic pain that rely upon these drugs to restore a measure of the quality to their life; this is not an attack on them. It is more of view from the other side of the fence, because clearly the sources used to develop this AP story were medical, professional, and well intentioned but just slightly out of touch with the real world.
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