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 Wrong answer to opioids

To the editor: I recently had knee replacement surgery at the age of 52. As a “Tomboy” growing up in the country and on farms I have been through some very painful events and was told to just “walk it off.”

        None the less, nothing could have prepared me for the extreme pain this surgery caused. Adding insult to injury was this “opioid epidemic” that we hear about at every turn. My doctor said the government wouldn’t let him give me enough pain medicine – even though he knows I am a control freak and would never get hooked on pain meds. (Or he could check my Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System report.)

        Even if the doctor did prescribe the medicine the insurance company would not allow it to be filled. If it did get past the insurance company the pharmacist now has the power to veto the prescription.

        What did I do to deserve this? Who’s to blame for my mistakes? Maybe we should give speeding tickets to everyone before they can get their license to drive. That seems just as fair. People speed sometimes so everyone should have to pay for a speeding ticket.

        I’m not sure what the answer is to this opioid epidemic but the new regulations are not the answer.

Gina DeJohn





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