>You sound like all your knowledge of opioid treatment comes exclusively from anti-drug propaganda sources. It sure as hell didn't come from the medical community.
Actually, the knowledge comes from my friend, who suffers from chronic pain, and who quit opiods cold turkey and now lives with the pain (though it's less now), the depression, and is recovering mentally slowly. He's been doing heavy research on the effects opiod use has on people, as he tries to find his way back to relative mental normalcy.
He was on opiods for years and would withdraw peroidically so he could keep the dose he was taking small and still be effective. His pain doctors complimented him on how well he managed his opiod use. It still became problematic for him and now he's quit for good, and quitting has been a painful struggle for him.
Believe it or not, I'm actually pro legalization for most drugs. I don't think the drug war has done much good or been successful.
That said, opiods are dangerous, should be legal, and should be used where compassionately necessary, but it'd be WAY better if this new treatment would work instead. I'd rather see people not suffering from pain OR from the problems opiods can cause.
> Well you're into that whole drug war propaganda thing where you believe everyone prescribed some Vicodin for a toothache is shooting up heroin with dirty needles while homeless in an alley a few months later.
Actually, I was very careful what I said. I said "too long". I said "long term use". Opiods seem pretty OK for people who are using them for short term acute pain. It's chronic pain sufferers who are more at risk, and I really hope this new treatment works to completely kill their pain. I also hope it can replace standard opiod treatment for acute pain. It'd work better and it would be safer.
As I said, the world is crying out for better painkillers.