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Re: “Methadone: Not Just for Junkies Anymore

When? Oh, when will we finally stop writing this same tired story? Please, someone, do some real research. There are millions of Americans in pain who again and again are being stopped from getting help due to these very articles. One teenager managed to get drugs from an online doctor -- Ryan Haight -- and the resulting coverage put an end to pain help for the millions of Americans who do not have a compassionate doctor at their doorstep. Imagine trying to get 100 miles away to the closest pain doctor every few weeks when you are in a wheelchair or have no rectum and cannot sit, much less drive or have any one of the other miserable conditions that cause us to need pain relief. This young writer should be forced to do some hard time with me. See what my life is like. She should go on visits with pain specialists and see what these drugs are really for. Most of us are missing major body parts or their functions and it isn't pretty. We're sure not as pretty as Simon anymore, which may explain why this article is the one that always makes it to press. By the way, I do not use methadone despite continuous pressure to switch from morphine and oxycontin. I don't do it, despite word that it would improve my life immensely, because I do not ever want to be presumed a drug addict and risk losing my children or my law license or my right to get pain treatment from a doctor who hears methadone and thinks "'addict." It is articles like these that stand in the way of help. I was literally just deciding today whether to make the switch and googled methadone. Unfortunately this crap is what I found and the prejudice it engenders has made my mind up for me. So, good job Express and Lauren Gard. What a waste of grad school.

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Posted by C Andrews on 05/19/2009 at 11:09 AM

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