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By Jason Sutcliffe

I have to tell you there are a lot of things about our medical system that I just do not understand, and some things that are just puzzling.

My Dad had severe nerve damage in both of his feet and legs but, mainly the left leg and has been living in intense pain for a couple of years now. In that time, his doctors have placed him on a high dosage of Oxycodone, Percocet and many other medications.

He was admitted into the hospital last week to have his left leg removed. The surgery was a success, and he is now beginning the rehabilitation portion of the recovery process. Given the fact that the primary source of his pain has now been removed, he wants to minimize the amount of pain medication he uses daily and how often he takes it.

You would think with the addictive properties of these medications doctors and nurses would be supportive of anyone trying not to take them…not quite.

Yesterday I was visiting my father and his nurse came in the room at 6 o’clock with his scheduled pain medication (2 Percocets). He told her that he did not need them right now because he was not in that much pain. To which she replied, “you should take them because you might be in pain later, and you will not be able to get any until 10 o’clock.” Might be in pain later? I was unaware that people took medications for things that might happen.

My father must have told her at least 5 times that he did not need him, and every time she had a different reason for him taking them. Reasons that varied from him possibly being in pain later, to the fact that she had already signed them out, and they had been scanned and recorded as taken.

I have a lot of respect for what Nurses and Doctor’s do. However, it blows my mind that with the number of people who become addicted to and abuse these drugs that any doctor or nurse would try to persuade a patient to take them when they have said they do not need or want them.

Doctors and nurses are a significant part of the problem surrounding the abuse of these drugs. They are too quick to hand out and prescribe these narcotics to people and leave them to their own devices.

It is a massive money grab for the government because if people should happen to become addicted to these drugs, than the doctors will turn around and offer them methadone to help them kick their Oxy habit, which is just replacing one drug with another one. It makes me sick that while these people are suffering they just sit back and profit of both the hopeless addict, and the people desperately trying to get their life back.

The government needs to start thinking and acting on what is best for the people and not what is most profitable for them. There are unbelievable amounts of people who are fighting addictions, and these people trust their doctors to have their best interests at heart, and are failed horribly.

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