Breaking News:Dangerous Delays: What Washington State (Re)Teaches Us About Cash and Cannabis Store Robberies [REPORT]

New Guy on Site... HI ALL!

I'm a middle aged guy, living in NYC. I'm a doc by training but do not practice any longer. No, didn't loose my license writing too many opiate Rx's - quite the contrary. I had a fall at the office and crushed three vertebrea and broke both hips! (OUCH!) And learned all about the medical community and their fear of opiates when truly indicated first hand. Now four years later I'm living happily, out of a wheelchair and walking again, and have a pair of new hips (better than the OEM model!) and a badly patched up few vertebrea. I function quite well on 30mg of MS CONTIN four times a day and a 60 or 90mg MS Contin at night. The "short acting" component of my cocktail is Hydramorphone (AKA Dilaudid) 8mg and I use that 4x a day,too, as needed. Reflexes were tested after a three month trial on the pain cocktail and I was cleared to drive again. Also, I had a complete psych work-up afterwards to make sure the drugs hadn't rendered me permanently stupid. IQ is still quite sufficient to make it into MENSA and not into .999's (but it wasn't enough to get me into .999 before the drugs, either!) I fight regularly with my professional "peers" about the use of narcotic pain medication when appropriate. Without this cocktail which a brilliant and brave pain management specialist in Beverly Hills found after much trial and error - I couldn't get out of a wheelchair. In fact, the depression from 12 weeks in a wheelchair had left me seriously contemplating suicide based on lack of quality of life! I guess I didn't mind a diaper at under 15 months of age, but found I hated it in my 40's! Truly hated it. Anyway, I never dreamed I would be personally "dependant" on narcotics. (BTW: Dependant is a physiological term - addicted is a or implies a psychological and a physiological problem. I contend that I have a definite physical dependency but doubt that I have the psychological component required for full - blown "addiction". But then I"ve never had to face coming off them, either. Would I rob a bank or steal to pay for the drugs? I don't think so. And thankfully I do not have to choose that one - either way. My dependency is handled nicely at the pharmacy one time a month. I also have legally prescribed versions of both drugs in injectable form - and the equipment to adminster them - in the event of an emergency (like a hotel room maid steals my regular bottles out of my shaving kit - it happened once in Dallas and I went through hell getting the meds refilled in a hurry there! Police report be damned - the stupid pharmacists wouldn't take an out of state RX from my own docs in NYC. So we had to find a local guy to write them for me. That incident made me damned glad I had and always travel with the injectables. (They were in the hotel room safe along with other valuables. So the crazy girl left the safe alone, but took the meds that were in my shaving kit and sold them all over town before the police busted her a few hours later higher than a kite. Seems she and her friends took in a day what I use in about a month! Yes - high is the right word for their condition. War on drugs? Hell, the only people who have any trouble getting opiates are those with a legitimate and lawful need for same. So that's my story. If you have comments/questions/ etc., I'll answer honestly if I possible can. About the medical and psychological effects of opiates - well I know what I learned in Med School, but I learned a Hell of a LOT more when I became a patient needing this kind of care and medication to even function again! I'm willing to share what I learned both ways, if it can help anyone here... and I'm sure I'll learn far more from you than I've ever dreamed of knowing about life before, and now, after the opiates got me out of a wheelchair and back into something like my old life before the accident.
Permission to Reprint: This article is licensed under a modified Creative Commons Attribution license.
Looking for the easiest way to join the anti-drug war movement? You've found it!

Opiates and stuff

I read an article in the LANCET that discussed high dosage usage of opioids a while back. It cited the use of twenty to thirty GRAMS a day of opiates in the study for tolerant patients.
Welcome. I will say that I hope you never experience withdrawal from opiates. It is NOT like the movies, but it is not very comfortable either.

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <i> <blockquote> <p> <address> <pre> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <br> <b>

More information about formatting options

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Drug War Issues

Criminal JusticeAsset Forfeiture, Collateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Court Rulings, Drug Courts, Due Process, Felony Disenfranchisement, Incarceration, Policing (2011 Drug War Killings, 2012 Drug War Killings, 2013 Drug War Killings, 2014 Drug War Killings, 2015 Drug War Killings, 2016 Drug War Killings, 2017 Drug War Killings, Arrests, Eradication, Informants, Interdiction, Lowest Priority Policies, Police Corruption, Police Raids, Profiling, Search and Seizure, SWAT/Paramilitarization, Task Forces, Undercover Work), Probation or Parole, Prosecution, Reentry/Rehabilitation, Sentencing (Alternatives to Incarceration, Clemency and Pardon, Crack/Powder Cocaine Disparity, Death Penalty, Decriminalization, Defelonization, Drug Free Zones, Mandatory Minimums, Rockefeller Drug Laws, Sentencing Guidelines)CultureArt, Celebrities, Counter-Culture, Music, Poetry/Literature, Television, TheaterDrug UseParaphernalia, Vaping, ViolenceIntersecting IssuesCollateral Sanctions (College Aid, Drug Taxes, Housing, Welfare), Violence, Border, Budgets/Taxes/Economics, Business, Civil Rights, Driving, Economics, Education (College Aid), Employment, Environment, Families, Free Speech, Gun Policy, Human Rights, Immigration, Militarization, Money Laundering, Pregnancy, Privacy (Search and Seizure, Drug Testing), Race, Religion, Science, Sports, Women's IssuesMarijuana PolicyGateway Theory, Hemp, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Marijuana Industry, Medical MarijuanaMedicineMedical Marijuana, Science of Drugs, Under-treatment of PainPublic HealthAddiction, Addiction Treatment (Science of Drugs), Drug Education, Drug Prevention, Drug-Related AIDS/HIV or Hepatitis C, Harm Reduction (Methadone & Other Opiate Maintenance, Needle Exchange, Overdose Prevention, Pill Testing, Safer Injection Sites)Source and Transit CountriesAndean Drug War, Coca, Hashish, Mexican Drug War, Opium ProductionSpecific DrugsAlcohol, Ayahuasca, Cocaine (Crack Cocaine), Ecstasy, Heroin, Ibogaine, ketamine, Khat, Kratom, Marijuana (Gateway Theory, Marijuana -- Personal Use, Medical Marijuana, Hashish), Methamphetamine, New Synthetic Drugs (Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Stimulants), Nicotine, Prescription Opiates (Fentanyl, Oxycontin), Psilocybin / Magic Mushrooms, Psychedelics (LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Salvia Divinorum)YouthGrade School, Post-Secondary School, Raves, Secondary School