Deal with root cause of opi­oid abuse

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Too pop­u­lar a pre­scrip­tion (May 17)

This ar­ti­cle is the first that not only states the per­ceived prob­lem of in­creas­ing opi­oid pre­scrip­tions, but also asks why that is. Dr. Tep­per says: “We’re not sure why we’re see­ing th­ese pat­terns … take a re­ally good look and try to un­der­stand what’s hap­pen­ing.” The pat­terns he talks about are the break­down of pre­scrip­tions by age de­mo­graph­ics and the type of pre­scrip­tion — short term vs. long term. I trust our doc­tors to pre­scribe opi­oids when needed and not frivolously. Opi­oids are used to man­age acute (short-term use) and chronic (long-term use) pain. Short-term use could be af­ter surgery, longterm use could be for chronic pain while wait­ing for surgery, or for un­treat­able con­di­tions. De­pen­dency is an is­sue and man­ag­ing that once the rea­son for the pain is elim­i­nated is crit­i­cal. Let’s stop talk­ing about the symp­tom of opi­oid use and deal with the root cause of us­ing them in the first place. We may ac­tu­ally end up im­prov­ing our health care sys­tem. Thomas Sauder, Hamil­ton

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