Oh, right,April 9, 2020 Tim WorstallObituaries21 CommentsThe cause of death has not been stated. OK. Rogers struggled with opiate addiction Ah. previousHow very excellentnextSure it’s only one result and yet…. 21 thoughts on “Oh, right,” Diogenes April 9, 2020 at 11:53 am Such broad interests: Royalty and rappers SuperHans April 9, 2020 at 11:53 am Opiates are moreish Dennis, Bringer of Joy April 9, 2020 at 12:06 pm Such broad interests: Royalty and rappers You’re sounding cranky, Diogenes. That’s my job, so knock it off. John Wilkinson April 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm I saw “Rogers” and thought it might be somebody I’d maybe heard of, like Kenny or Roy but, no it wasn’t. The Meissen Bison April 9, 2020 at 1:02 pm There should have been a trigger warning there. Gamecock April 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm Maybe tattoos are fatal. Bloke in North Dorset April 9, 2020 at 1:50 pm I was half expecting the Rogers in this line up dearieme April 9, 2020 at 1:52 pm Once upon a time I had to take morphine as a pain-killer for a while. It worked well. As a pleasure? Nah. So I have developed no intuition as to why people become addicted to opiates. Beer, wine, gin, whisky – yes, I can understand that. Opiates – not a clue. Surreptitious Evil April 9, 2020 at 2:13 pm Having been given all of the propaganda (and having has to deal with an employee who was heroin addicted, thankfully before I was the owner of a SME), I was quite disappointed when I was given morphine in A&E (with a dislocated shoulder). It dealt with the pain but, as with dearieme, wasn’t even the slightest hint of fun. Bloke in Cyprus April 9, 2020 at 2:24 pm I discovered I was allergic to Morphine after a hernia repair… Not good. Edward Lud April 9, 2020 at 2:51 pm I’ve also had morphine, administered medically. To respond to dearieme and SE, I suspect if you take it when you are experiencing severe physical discomfort then all its goodies go into reducing that discomfort. So there’s nothing left over for a jolly. If on the other hand there’s nothing wrong with you other than a dose of the sadz, I imagine (because so many take it) that it has a pleasant deadening effect. But, as with both of you, that was not my experience of it. Tim Worstall April 9, 2020 at 3:40 pm One of the oddities is that those who take opiates for actual pain relief almost never do progress to recreational consumption. Even those taking it for odd forms of pain relief – huge numbers of US troops did in Vietnam and they gave it up when they went home with little problem. Rather a too large portion of those who take it for recreational reasons do get addicted. The physical addiction is rather less than it’s portrayed too – “cold turkey” is a case of ‘flu, no more. While cold turkey from proper booze addiction can and does kill. Opiates are more of a psychological addiction than anything else. In fact, according to some theories, entirely so. Diogenes April 9, 2020 at 4:08 pm I can attest to suffering bad stomach cramps from taking kaolin and morphine. But surely there is a proper heroinista on this blog, we have experts on most other topics? The Meissen Bison April 9, 2020 at 4:31 pm We’ve plenty of expertise on Murphine commenting here but luckily no addicts unless they be 5th columnists. I should correctly have said earlier that there needed to be a “no Trigger” warning for those who were unfamiliar with the Rodgers in Q. Diogenes April 9, 2020 at 4:32 pm A four legged friend will never let you down, as Rocco said to Diane The Meissen Bison April 9, 2020 at 5:56 pm Diogenes – 🙂 BniC April 9, 2020 at 8:49 pm Wife was on opiates for over 6 months at one point, she just stopped even though they suggested weaning off them, said she didn’t see what all the fuss was about RichardT April 9, 2020 at 9:00 pm Surreptitious Evil said: “I was quite disappointed when I was given morphine in A&E” I got nitrous oxide in an ambulance and I could see why people take that for fun. I was rather disappointed when they took it off me. MC April 9, 2020 at 10:51 pm I know a couple of people who’ve been addicted* to smack. In both cases they were, and still are, caners. So perhaps there is something in the addictive personality thing and that it can be inherited. The father of one of these friends was a lifelong alkie. However, while both of them fell into a bit of a life hole with heroin, they got off it pretty easily once they were determined to do so and neither have gone back to it despite enthusiastically consuming other drugs. And we’re going back 20-25 years to their smack days. I used to know a French guy who would do heroin when he visited the UK, just as a treat because he was on holiday. As far as I know he never developed a habit. Never tried it myself. Would have been happy to give it a go when I was younger, but the time has probably passed. I’ve never been a big fan of stuff that zonks you out so I doubt it would appeal. *You could argue, were they really ‘addicted’ bearing in mind that they came off it for life, the first time they tried to do so? Took me longer to pack in the fags. Gamecock April 9, 2020 at 11:19 pm ‘they gave it up when they went home with little problem’ There was better shit to do at home. Stonyground April 10, 2020 at 12:04 pm That Pink Floyd song Comfortably Numb doesn’t make it sound like a barrel of laughs. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.