Personal responsibility, nope, never heard of it

Don’t blame addicts for America’s opioid crisis. Here are the real culprits
Chris McGreal

America’s opioid crisis was caused by rapacious pharma companies, politicians who colluded with them and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another

This is to believe that opiod addiction is some incredible physical addiction. It ain’t.

Sure, cold turkey ain’t pleasant, akin to a proper dose of the ‘flu. But in physical terms that’s pretty much what it is. It’s nowhere near as bad, for example, as a proper full blown alcoholic trying to go cold turkey. That can and sometimes does kill.

The mental addiction is something different of course. Opiods feel wonderful, it’s the desire to feel that wonderful which is the rather more difficult part of the addiction. We rather learnt all this, or at least should have done, in the aftermath of Vietnam. Usage, or addiction if you prefer, rates in theatre was massive, 15 and 25%, some estimates higher. Get home and they drop by 95% or more. MD Stanton has had a lot to say about this.

The rest of the complaint is somehow that government caused this therefore it’s the drug companies to blame.

10 thoughts on “Personal responsibility, nope, never heard of it”

  1. I know a number of blokes who have suffered quite significant injuries who were on morphine for a while and transitioned to tramadol/cocodamol. They all came off it when their pain was manageable with no assistance, bar a few whiskies to get them through the first three or four days, which are certainly unpleasant but no more than that. It’s about willpower and wanting to come off it, simple as.

  2. Let’s apply the same degree of cynicism to a current fashionable trend:

    “Big pharma is pushing the transsexual agenda so as to make as many people as possible people dependent on pharmaceutical hormone preparations for life.”

    It’s no sillier.

  3. Depends on the numbers though. If you owe the bank a million quid, you have a problem. If you owe the bank ten billion, the bank has a problem.

    With opioids, if 1/100 people prescribed them end up addicted, then it’s an individual problem. If 50% or 95% of users end up addicted, it’s a societal problem.

  4. quite significant injuries who were on morphine for a while and transitioned to tramadol/cocodamol

    Speaking personally, morphine just greyed me out. I couldn’t imagine taking it for fun.

    I got off the cocodamol as soon as I could.

  5. So who do we blame for the addiction to alcohol? Chocolate? Tobacco? Internet? Mobile phone? Coffee?
    I have an addictive personality, have known that since childhood. Not addicted to Opioids.

  6. I was on morphine after a heart op. Weird stuff. Blue dragons everywhere. Lines of ants marching across the ceiling. Objects vanishing off the wall and reappearing. Switched to Cocodomol.

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