The other side of the pain pill abuse epidemic

Oregon’s The Bulletin has an interesting analysis of what it terms the “pain pill conundrum” – namely, the allegedly chilling effect the OxyContin abuse phenomenon has had on those who legitimately use prescription painkillers to treat chronic pain. The article claims that of the estimated 50 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain, “a staggering number” of those patients are having trouble getting the help they need, with doctors reluctant to prescribe opiates for fear of attracting the attention of law enforcement agencies. This has left many patients complaining they’re being treated like criminals or drug addicts, having to prove their innocence in order to get needed treatment, the article claims.

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