Opi­oid re­stric­tions harm pa­tients

RE: Guide­lines en­sure opi­oids pre­scribed prop­erly (April 26)

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

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

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