Sixtyplus wrote: "I had a client who was pulled over in France by the
police. The police confiscated their drugs and gave them a card to see about
free detox therapy. No arrest no crime."Sure, this works great
if you live in a country where political and religious leaders have vision, but
here we have the war on drugs.
There appear to be many facets to this diamond of addiction. I am reminded of
the poem of the six blind men of Indostan who went to see the elephant.I suggest there is much to be learned and to be done. As a citizen I ask for
enforcement of the law against distribution, so there is a sense of order and
consequence for illegal activity.Much of the mental and emotional
component addiction comes from our family and society make-up and interaction.
We need to change our focus to a more personal charitable approach to each other
and do it through positive actions.We have sown the east wind and
are reaping a whirlwind harvest. I do not believe there will be an instant,
cheap, painless cure.
Re JonathanSo you say medical pot is less addictive and almost as
effective as opioids?So what is your point? It isn't about
avoiding addiction, quality of life or the risk of loss of life of an opioid
overdose.It's about obeying the law. Now if you disagree with
the law you can petition Congress to change the law. But in the mean time put
up with the pain or accept the risk of addiction or loss of life by using
opioids.Remember, the law is the law.
Heather Gray-I went to chiropractor_2 times a week & it felt better
for a few hours.When I hurt my back at Idaho Youth Ranch_I continued
to workI ended up not being able to get out of bed one day.Sharp constant pain_ went to a real doctor_ who ordered aMRI & the
doctor said_ the chiropractic adjustments,did harm. I did 7 months
of physical therapy_ & was told by my specialist, in California_that I
needed 6-7 vertebrae fusion surgery_ which was approved by Idaho State Work
Comp.Insurance.I sent the same MRI to other experts _ who said no way_ I
need surgery but not fusion_which would probably have me on narcotics the
rest of my lifeWhile in California _ I had prescriptions for Opiates
& Soma_But I knew Medical Pot_ did almost as well & didn't
leave me all doped up & addicted to drugs.That's right pot
doesn't have the addictive power over the mind that opiates doOnce we stop trying to control citizen choices_being unconstitutional
violation of equality_Reality_We will see Marijuana is just another drug
like alcohol & is much safer for adultsto use & Sometimes kids Read my other post & see if you are blinded by instinct orable
to see good logic vs. Status Quo?
The one thing that stands out above all in this story is that Whitney was not
able to get clean until she felt the motivation to from within herself. And even
she could not will that into being. Unfortunately, there are not easy answers to
addiction and the only real lasting solutions come from the addicts hitting rock
bottom and wanting recovery more than the quick relief of the addiction,
whatever that might be.
"What Do You Need"The truth of addiction_If those who are
addicted_could continue to buy drugs from pharmacies_Drug Dealers would be
out of business_ selling black market commodities_of unknown purity,
quantity & pharmacy expertise.Our Drug Monopoly law_causes
criminal enterprise_ & turns a personal problem (just like alcoholism)
into crimes_where the only victim is_ Constitutional Law & citizen
rights of self-determination.Maybe you disagree?Under
Constitutional Law_ our highest principle is_No Law May Violate Citizen
Equality.This the filed legal proof_ "Controlled Substance Acts"-
violate equality.1-doctors aren't under oath of office
(Constitutional Oath to uphold citizen equality or be impartial in all their
duties) having power of Public Office2-Doctors sell Government Use
Permits- Like the ATF - & are only private business venture3-Doctors being private citizens- not under oath_get to keep the Gov. Permit
fees, which are temporary causing strong monopoly powers with pharmacies-
blocking free markets rules of pricing, sales & distribution to all citizens
with equalityConclusion-denial of rights based on Drug Prohibition
with PreScription Clause.SpeakUp_
The one common theme most of these people's stories have is that they began
their dependency because of back and neck pain. Their pain was very real and
they needed a solution so they were given pills. The first line of defense
should have been a non- pharmaceutical, non surgical solution, chiropractic. By
choosing chiropractic first, patients are able to return to work faster and pay
significantly less (4-10 times faster and 4-10 times less money depending on
what study you look at). Besides better results, chiropractic patients are not
left with the lifetime dependency issues.
Well, this is a gripping article. I feel like my hair is standing on end. How
scary. Thank you to Whitney for having the courage to share this story. And
kudos to her parents.... I don't know that I could go that distance;
it's really putting your own life on the line...to try to save a loved
one...with no assurances of success. Terrifying, but thought provoking.
I feel for the parents. Just remember that every person on "the block"
is someone's kid. Sometimes that is easy to forget. Thanks for the
I recently retired after 25 years working in a detox therapy unit. I probably
worked with between 4 and 5 thousand clients during that time. Their stories
matched the articlealmost word for word. The decision to make addiction a
felony way back to the war on drugs, drove the users and dealers underground.
Before smart phones all the dealers had digital pagers. They used these to hook
up with customers. I had a client who was pulled over in France by the
police. The police confiscated their drugs and gave them a card to see
about free detox therapy.No arrest no crime. This was happening in almost
all of Europe more than 20 years ago. The USA waited 20 years to long to
help people instead of filling jails.
Lets be honest her, this article is to showcase a person who is addicted to
drugs, but Whitney has been making terrible decisions her entire life. The
drugs were only one part of it, and assuming not even the worst part of it as i
cannot imagine how she sometime she paid for drugs.I am not a fan of
Utahn's naming a "thing" and then letting that thing explain poor
decisions. Sure there are mistakes, as I have made my share of them. But drugs
did not do the destruction of Whitney's life, she did. Plain and simple.
This was an excellent and informative, if heart-wrenching read. Thank you for
writing and publishing this article.Will you please now do a similar
article on the many lives improved through the responsible use of opioids?A neighbor had terminal bone cancer. Oral morphine allowed her to lead
a full life right up to the end. She spoke of those who would express concerns
about her getting addicted. "I'm certainly dependent on it. But in a
few weeks I'll be dead and because of the morphine I'm able to have
quality time with my family, friends, and church members."I have
family dealing with serious, chronic pain. The careful use of opioids allows
them to function and lead productive lives when they would otherwise be
disabled, unable to work or play. I personally have strong evidence
of being at high risk of addiction. But 2 or 3 times in my life I've
needed opioids following medical procedures. I was very careful. They allowed
rest and healing and a return to full function.Tylenol is very
dangerous for overdose. Aspirin very hard on the stomach. Some pain they
don't cut. There is a place for opioid use. Let's not have people
@ErnestI have seen first-hand the destruction of pornography. Lies,
deception, lost jobs, shoplifting, stealing, broken covenants, adultery,
prostitutes, divorce, frayed relationships, etc... Lots of similarities in my
eyes when you look at the line of broken families and relationships it leaves in
its wake. However, certainly drug addiction is more dangerous to the user when
it comes to their personal health and safety.Way to go Whitney!
Thanks for sharing your message of hope to those that are still stuck in that
addiction cycle that has taken so many....too early.
Watch out folk. When "pills" (Oxy...) became too expensive and difficult
to obtain, less expensive heroin stepped onto the stage, in much greater
prominence. And many innocent, ignorant and naÏve folk tried their hand and
entered a dark alley. Many have died from heart and/or respiratory failure and
others becoming addicted as their "inner brain" is transformed in a
manner that many don't understand. It's an epidemic across the nation
and has been "knocking down" many and costs of rehab prohibitive to most
- and in states without extensive Medicaid programs, "most" don't
have the means for "programs" and continue to slip physically and often
economically and then criminally. I've been involved with a number of
individuals and families in the past 5 years. The Utah/SLC Institute for
Addiction Study has two excellent DVD's - Pleasure Unwoven, personal
journey of addiction; and Memo to Self, Protecting Sobriety with science and
safety. Both are narrated by MD Kevin McCauley (who became addicted to drugs;
not heroin) - they are a most excellent presentation and educational tool, to
any interested in the subject.
As the opiod problem has been taking root for many years our very own Utah
politicians were too busy last year proclaiming pornography to be a public
health crisis while a record amount of people are still dying from drug
I'm actually concerned about the other end of the spectrum. A few years
ago, I had a serious medical condition and was perscribed opioids. Ibuprofin
wouldn't even touch the pain I had. I finished up my prescription and that
was the end of my opioid use.With all the press on opioid abuse, my fear
is that doctors will become too gun shy on perscribing these drugs. Don't
punish the innocent because of the guilty.
This article made me nauseated. As if Mormons are exempt from this??!! She was
a heroin addict and here so called husband didn't help. Why do we never
have articles on how opioids help people with chronic pain? I would love to be
interviewed for this. There are two different types of addiction - mental and
physical. I admit that I am addicted physically - and "BIG DEAL". This
woman became mentally addicted - two completely different types of addiction!
Pain killer addiction can happen to anybody. A good friend of mine who was a
successful medical professional hurt his back and was prescribed Oxycotin or one
of those pain killers. He became addicted and went away to rehab. He seems to
be doing fine, but he was pretty messed up. I feel for the parents of this
young lady. They have lived a nightmare. Hopefully that nightmare has ended.
Get rid of your pills when you are done with them! Your pharmacy will destroy
them for you. That bottle of old Percocet (I'll keep these extras in case I
need them sometime) may be the thing that starts your teenager on a road to
addiction.Tekakaromatagi - Doctors will often send you home with a
prescription for opiods after medical procedures which will cause acute pain.
Setting a bone, tooth extraction, minor surgery, child birth,.... The idea is
that you go home, take a pill to reduce the pain and get some sleep while your
body recovers. Your urologist doesn't want to get a midnight call from a
short tempered ER doctor upset that you were told you would only need ibuprofen
following your vasectomy, so they will give Norco to every patient even though
only one in three will actually need it. You should always ask, "do I have
to take these?" The answer will often be, "I don't care if you fill
the prescription or not. I won't be around to write a prescription six
hours from now, and I don't want you to go to the ER for pain
management." Using narcotics to treat chronic pain (like back pain) is where
lots of people become addicted.
Wow! Thank you for running this piece to explain how easily a downfall into
pain addiction meds can be and what the drug world is like for those are
addicted. My heart goes out to all involved, who have helped Whitney. I wish
her well...this is very brave of their family to share such a personal
experience that might make them vulnerable to judgement from others. To me,
this is very real and I appreciate knowing what others go through that I might
be more empathetic as well as informed, since I do believe this can happen to
Tekakaromatagi, I think it depends. I'm terrified of most drugs so even
when I have been prescribed opiods in the past I usually don't fill my
prescription, rather just choosing to tough it out or getting by on some
ibuprofin. That said I have taken them a few times (kidney stones) and never
felt the urge to continue their use or felt that I was addicted to them. It may
just be that I am not inclined towards addiction like some people. I think only
you and your doctor can decide on the best course of action for you, that said I
sure wish we had some better less addictive options (medical marijuana) for
getting us through some of these injuries when we are in a lot of pain.
Why don't we stop pretending porn is an addiction like opioids are?
Let's help these people.Also, medical marijuana is a big step in
helping people addicted to opioids.
Dumb question. If I fall down the stairs and hurt my back, and I am in
incredible pain, can I just tough it out and skip the Oxycontin knowing what the
Oxycontin could lead me to?Lots and lots of Tylenol, ibuprofen, but
nothing that is addictive?
Incredible article. Insightful. Eye opening - even after having seen opioid
addiction up relatively close in the past.
Thanks, DN, for this article. Made me cry. Thanks for the longer pieces
you've been doing. They're great. Keep it up.
Good for Whitney and her family for fighting through this. After multiple tries
at getting clean it would be easy for either her or her family to just give up
and say "not going to try again."As Patrick Adams indicated
in the article, the solutions to these kind of problems are incredibly
challenging and when people (addicts, families, communities) confront them for
the first time they almost universally underestimate what they're up
Great article, It shows opioid addiction crosses socioeconomic lines. Saving the
ones who want to be saved will take time, patience and money.
When will we wake up! Its not about the little people who are sick, its about
keeping the rich, rich! If big pharma can't release its new pill the
politicians don't get paid. We are nothing but rats hitting the feeder
bar. The FDA is a big fat JOKE!
It can happen to anyone including Mormons. Some people can take pain pills after
an accident or surgery and never have a problem. Others can take very few and
have a problem. Some have more of a propensity for addiction and others
don't. Good for her for fighting to regain her life.