Mark, I think it’s fair to also say that for a certain percentage of us (my hand is up here) during the years opioids were handed out like candy, and for me it was after extreme dental procedures, the benefits did for a time outweigh the problems. For my part, and I used them regularly, I got no personal benefit from the so-called euphoria. If anything that was a problem, as I was military, a journalist, and had to have full control of my cognitive abilities. They weren’t addictive for me, but that most certainly doesn’t speak for the multitudes for whom they are deadly. I had rotator cuff surgery a while back, by far the most painful I’ve ever experienced. My doc provided me with a limited supply. Didn’t do squat. We tried three. None worked in the slightest. Who knows why? As a bleeder I can’t take any kind of aspirin or Ibuprofen, so that’s off the table. Tylenol helps a little. Codeine, for severe pain, works fine. But when the pain is gone the pills are forgotten (no visitors or kids at my house). I think, for what it’s worth, that there is such an emotional/psychological piece to this, including despair, loss, whatever, and the temporary distraction that some feel while on this drug is a boon to a completely different kind of pain.That’s another article. I’ve never been one to use substances, including alcohol, and that may well have worked in my favor. Who knows? The docs at least where I’m involved are a great deal more proactive, mindful and measured, and they make it clear that additional scripts are not easily obtained. That’s very good news.

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