Monday, 7 November 2016
Death: The Side Effect to Top Them All
Depression of the central nervous system is a risk of prescription opioid pain killers and many other commonly prescribed medications. Breathing slows, heart rate slows, consciousness is lost, death or coma results. That's a serious side effect.
Cannabis doesn't do this and yet we're still trying to decide if it's safe enough to legalize.
Opioid pain killers are killing people. Ironic isn't that? They were so good at killing the pain and now they're killing everyone. The problem is so big that the CPSO is investigating 86 doctors who were found to be major over-prescribers. Those same doctors likely refuse to refer their pain patients to Cannabis clinics every day.
And of course the problem is multi-faceted. Many chronic pain-sufferers are now stressed that this and any other push to reprimand over-prescribers would result in them being cut off. These are people who's pain rules their lives. These are people who would not be able to function without pain medication. And they are people who would be forced to look elsewhere were they to be cut-off.
The problem starts somewhere though, and that's where it must be curbed. No one having dental surgery requires an opioid medication though many are told even before the surgery date that they'll get Percocet for the pain. I myself was given Tramadol for a gall bladder surgery that for many others required mere Ibuprofen. It blows my mind that the medical industry can't see the great dangers in introducing opioids to the young and growing mind. Yet no care is really given to that.
What a sad irony when you think about the fact that Ottawa's health agency is recommending that the minimum age for recreational cannabis will be 25. That's six years after one is allowed to legally ingest alcohol, from which 75,000 Canadians die every year.
Introducing opioids to the growing mind is a recipe for addiction if you ask me. Opioids can feel good. Opioids can numb feelings and emotions and traumas. Opioids are reverse-engineered morphine. This is serious shit and yet many over-prescribers only see opioids as pain killing medicine, as though none other exist. Those doctors need to read a book! I see crystal clearly how dangerous it would be to allow any youth to feel something that can do so much. Are doctors afraid to say no? Are they so soft to pressure? From a very early age, kids learn from older kids how good opioids feel. Curiosity kills.
Thousands and thousands of chronic pain sufferers all over Canada are singing the same tune. They're tired of opioids and other harmful meds. They're tired of risking their health. They're tired of trading pain relief for nausea or constipation or the inability to fully function! To these people, the term "natural" is a positive. They've tried the pills, and they are now convinced that their biology can't accept only pills anymore.
Canadians are finding their voices and many are stopping at nothing to learn about Cannabinoid therapy and the ACMPR. If we keep up the push and keep on educating, the medical industry and the doctors therein will have no choice than to comply with patient referral requests. Every new patient starts with the hope of one day losing their fear of that one last side effect: death.