Totally whiffed. Air ball. Not even close. On Sunday, I watched the 60 Minutes story about the Heroin epidemic and once again, the media have it wrong.
They linked the Heroin problem to, are you ready; Narcotic Pain Meds!
Is anyone who has to take narcotic pain meds surprised by this?
There were so many missed opportunities here but instead, they focused on the over-prescription of narcotic pain meds as the reason behind the Heroin epidemic.
Why does this continue to happen? Has it become now that one or two bad apples have spoiled the whole bushel?
The insinuation is the problem is too many narcotic pain meds are being prescribed. I am frankly tired of this. We who suffer with chronic pain have to battle so much and then when a news story breaks that points the finger at medicine that is being responsibly taken as the problem, it creates another fight for us.
What was missing in the 60 Minutes story also is missing from much of the media coverage on this whole issue. Where were those who suffer with chronic pain and are taking pain medicine as described in the news story last night?
Didn’t see one.
The over prescription of narcotic pain pills has been well documented. We can all agree that it should have been better regulated than what it was at one time. But there are those of us who are using them as intended along with other nontraditional means of managing our pain that are having positive results.
And yet we aren’t covered as part of the story. We are inconvenient because most of us don’t fit the profile the media (or more specifically the government) is pushing–we aren’t pill popping addicts, we are people in chronic pain who need the pain medication in order to live our lives.
Look, I get tired of this constant justification and re-justification of the use of medication in managing our chronic pain, friends! I do! And the next thing that we will see happening is that narcotic pain meds have been banned because someone has abused them and created a nightmare for innocent victims. For those of us who suffer with chronic illnesses and have to use them, we use narcotic pain pills because they are a last resort for us. We use them as prescribed by physicians and they have a place in treating chronic illnesses. Let us do everything in our power to make sure that we use them responsibly and as prescribed when we have to use them. And let us together point out to those who do not know the whole story, the whole story!
The media have a job to do. It used to be to inform people. You did that by telling all sides of the story.
There’s one side missing these days–the angle of the responsible chronic pain patient.
There are millions of us.