How did it come to be that chronic pain patients in America have become so marginalised? A short history is referenced below. At the end of the day, punishing responsible pain patients in Australia, or restricting access to our legally prescribed opioids, used as directed, is not the answer!
“We know now that the vast majority of patients who take pain relievers like oxycodone and hydrocodone never get addicted. We also know that people who develop problems are very likely to have struggled with addiction, or to be suffering from psychological trouble, prior to receiving opioids.”
Read the article by Sally Satel, a psychiatrist based in Washington CD and a lecturer at Yale.