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Narcotics: The Opioid Bill

Updated on August 8, 2019

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Critiques of Democracy: The Opioid Bill

The new opioid bill, congress has tackled how it can prevent of overdose of people from controlled substances. Two critiques of this bill:

• The bill will have little effect on how treatment is done

• Ignores the patient that require it (Cook, 2018)

I agree with this issue, because the government is ignoring patients under physician care will no longer get the treatment the need. As a pain patient, this has a great impact on my life because I live in pain and tried all the required treatment but the only thing that allows me to function is Percocet. This is a drug that has OxyContin and Tylenol, when under the proper care, I was able to function at my job as a surgical technologist. With the new bill being passed, I find myself going to the emergency room more often. Under this new bill, I can’t help but ask myself will I have to go on disability even though I had the needed treatment to keep in the workforce.

These critiques make a valid and constructive point because of the goals for treatment, how would they find the needed treatment for the people with chronic pain (Mukherjee, 2018). I will go see a pain specialist and hope they will find the treatment that can allow me to function, but until that is found keeping me on opioids should not be an issue. The government says there are many people overdosing from these opioids and even some being suicidal, but when you take the medication from the people like myself, we are to at risk for suicidal thoughts. Other issues addressed with this bill included is patients could no longer find doctors willing to prescribe the treatments they desperately need (Mukherjee, 2018).

According to the government, this bill is better to stop the crisis outweighs the people that require it. This can be true, but in my opinion if you take this from the chronic pain patients you are risking them using illegal drugs.

I support these critiques, because under this bill your ignoring the people that are doing the right thing and seeing a medical professional. There needs to be better treatment centers that can find alternatives, but until then they should not be blamed for putting these patients on opioids. The government should take in consideration of all citizens, I feel they should incorporate medical professionals in these studies because I notice the statistics are coming from scientist.

Criticism of this bill is a valid in my opinion, because although you have people misusing these drugs you have people going according to their prescription. I wish there was more people in the congress that can speak for the patients that suffer.


References

Cook, H. (2018). Senate passes opioid bill: 6 things to know. Retrieved from https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/opioids/senate-passes-opioid-bill-6-things-to-know.html

Mukherjee, S. (2018). The Critical Group We are Ignoring in The Opioid Crisis. Retrieved from http://fortune.com/2018/07/10/opioid-crisis-pain-patients-fda/

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