Prescription Opioids: When Benefits Outweigh the Risks

60-second PSA for healthcare providers that features two patients beginning opioid therapy. Prescription opioids can be prescribed by doctors to treat moderate …


  1. Cervical & lower Lumbar dx/mri: "severe" degenerative changes, "severe" spinal stenosis, failed back surgery – PT & OPIOIDS; increase function/less pain. No risk of dying. But clock ticking in countdown to wheelchair hour. Benefits exceed risks. Amen

  2. Just left my pain management Dr. Yesterday, and even on the patients he treats where the benefits outweigh the risks, his hand is being forced to bring his patients on opioid pain management off there medicine due to the regulations. Why don't people that need opioid pain management, and have been on it successfully for years responsibly, have the right to continue with a descent quality of life. Yesterday he sit down to prepare me for next month, when he has to take all my medicine away, except 2, 10 mlg. Tablets of methadone a day. Because that's all I can take on the new conversion rate of 12 to 1, it was 3 to 1 but they changed it. They now say 25 mlg. Of methadone is the equivalent of 300 mlg. Of morphine. But if you took someone that was on 25 mlg. Of methadone, and all of a sudden put them on 300 mlg. Of morphine, they would die from a morphine overdose. Please I'm begging you, make amendments to the guidelines, to protect the chronic pain patients that have proven they need it, and are responsible with it. I have attended 3 funerals in the last 4 months, because their Dr. Took them off their medicine because of the guidelines, and they decided death was better. Can't you see what is happening, I beg you, let the pain management specialist treat their patients, as long as they are doing it the right way. My Dr. Makes you take random drug test, random pill counts, you have to see a counselor while being treated for pain there. Go after the pill mills, and those pushing heroine, and altered fentanyl, making it 10 times more potent and causing all these over doses. Go after Dr.s not following the rules. Don't just throw a blanket over it, and say take it away from everyone, unless they have cancer. Please, we dont want to live in pain. There has to be a way, to not alienate chronic pain patients.

  3. On blood pressure meds now without pain meds for pain an blood pressure is still high due to non pain control. So guess having a stroke would be more beneficial than having pain control my kids instructions to sue if I have a stroke..

  4. For me it's quality of life. I have never been able to do all the things I am able to do now since taking pain meds. I work FULL TIME, I am responsible and very mindful of taking this med. I have had zero problems. Now, because the government wants full control of your health, I will be taken off it. My life will return to laying on the couch, probably lose my job because I won't be able to stand for 8 hrs a day any more. Why can't the government do something productive such as send all people to a class that describes the pros and cons of being on this medication?

  5. It would have been nice if they had done real research instead of no research. People are going to have to accept being diabled, give up their jobs and quality of life because doctors won't prescribe these drugs regardless of the benefits. In the USA dying by suicide or any other drug, 500,000 tobacco deaths is OK but dying from taking too many pain pills is a public health emergency amiright CDC?

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