do you know how many people i see in there late teens, early 20's, who already have a polypharm problem? they are on ritlin, aderal, vicodin, norco, paxil, prozac, and, of course, "medical" marijuana, hahaha!
I'm sorry, this generation needs some tough love. Opiates have a very small window of actual therapeutic effect. take them longer than a few weeks, and it will severely alter your brain chemistry where your brain will perceive the absence of the euphoria the drugs produce as pain.
these kids need to get in there 40's, and THEN tell me how much they hurt each day, and how they can't manage the stress of life. boo-fucking-hoo.
so yes, i think a little "toughen up, it wont kill you and maybe it will teach you not to go down that road again" is in order.
that sounds harsh to the soft easily offended politically correct ears of this society i realize, but like i said, some tough love is in order.
the medical community cannot continue this course as it is not sustainable.
since we have made patients pain level the "5th vital sign" (that is, the patients pain is whatever he/she says it is, and we HAVE to treat it with whatever the patient perceives as effective" deaths due to opiate overdoses from PRESCRIPTION drugs has increased over 500%!!!!
dont challenge me on this son. I have been to seminars all over the country about this subject, been on the quality action committee at my hospital trying to find some solutions to this problem, I can counter anything you come back at me with with science and real life experience. this is a growing problem in this country and this new breed of "addicts" are clogging up the emergency medical system and interfering with delivering care to the people who we(EMS) were originally designed to help.