Originally Posted by obgyn65
As a prescriber, I always weigh the risk to my patient, even when the risk is low. I never prescribe narcotics at the free clinics for obvious reasons. The DEA investigated a colleague of mine a couple of years ago - I don't want to go through this.
You're referring to the DEA's War on Doctors*. Weighing risk to patients is appropriate standard of care. I wouldn't blame any doctor for being prudent, but the politics of pain*
in this country (USA) have gotten so bad (from bureaucrats playing doctor, and making criminal issues out of medical ones) that everyone -- patients, doctors, and society in general -- suffers.... stupidly, IMO.
* Materials from AAPS Briefing to Congress - "Politics of Pain"
...many innocent physicians who are dedicated to treating chronic pain suffers have become targets in the DEA’s war on drugs thus depriving pain patients of treatment they need to live normal and productive lives[.]
My point was/is that the uninitiated often throw around terms like "addiction" without really knowing what they mean, and unintentionally add to the fear-mongering. Opioid analgesics, when prescribed and taken appropriately
, can be safe and effective (and less damaging to organs longterm than many non-opioid alternatives), and while they should be respected at all times, they need not be feared
. They are not the evil bogeyman they are made out to be by bureaucrats and media attention-grabbers.