Opioid restrictions harm patients
RE: Guidelines ensure opioids prescribed properly (April 26)
This is another good article on the opioid problem in Canada. As a person with chronic pain I’m well aware of the need for these drugs. I, for one, would give almost anything to be off them for good, but find that government measures to keep them out of the hands of addicts do two things: It drives up the street price and makes it difficult for those in need to access the quantities required to lead a relatively normal life.
The article said in 2012, 90 million prescriptions for opioids were written in Canada.
I know that doctors here are only allowed to put three repeats on opioids, which means that new prescriptions are required every few months. In my opinion, only the initial order should be counted. If the 90 million include these “repeat prescriptions” perhaps the prescription problem isn’t anywhere near as bad as the figures indicate. Reg Simser, Dundas