“Pain” is an interesting word. The dictionary definition is different from every person’s personal definition. The word “pain” brings memories of our last operation, dental visit, paper cut or twisted ankle; not Webster’s definition.
Before the wider availability of opium derivatives, modern surgery room anesthetics, and local aesthetics, pain was considered an existential part of the human experience along with the sun and moon’s existence.
In the 19th century: ether, chloroform, morphine and cocaine created a revolution for the medical approach to pain. Beginning in the 1800′s, “pain” became a medical conquest and could be removed from the chapters that included the nebulous explanations only the Gods could explain.
Modern day opioids have caused tens of thousands of deaths and addicted millions. It usually starts with OxyContin, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Dilaudid, etc. The cocktail of drugs added to the initial opioid dose is causing disability and dysfunctional outcomes in both human tragedy and economic devastation in families and every community.
The dangerous drugs have been marketed ingeniously by Pharma. Intelligent academia, writers, reporters and elite thinkers all think in terms of “pain is pain” and have been completely brainwashed by Pharma marketing.
Pharma, with the FDA’s blessings, have created the compassionate mantra that pain needs to be addressed. The negative outcomes from potentially dangerous drug therapy will be discussed later. We are an elite species that can discuss and avoid the negative outcomes as they arise. Treat the pain!
The opioids are dangerous. They have a proven track record of danger, death and destruction. They have a history of addiction and family turmoil.
From the diabolical pharmaceutical company marketing approach: “narcotics are a necessary part of medicine” at all levels of pain.
The path of least resistance for today’s reporter and medical establishment ends with Pharma’s premise to treat pain aggressively .
The twisted thinking starts with believing the opioids are “safe as prescribed” thanks to your FDA.
Ironically, people would never accept a dose of heroin unless they were in the most dire of consequences of pain. Heroin remains an evil and negative narcotic in our society.
When the reporters finally understand that OxyContin and Vicodin are therapeutically as dangerous as heroin the reporting will change and fewer doctors and patients will be asking for the dangerous quick fix.
Pharma’s marketing will be understood. FDA’s complicity will be understood.