I definitely appreciate your input here as many of us can only speculate and finger point, but in the end it's the people in the trenches that are going to know far more than the rest of us. I speak out of confusion and anger, but in the end; the user is the one doing it to themselves for the most part. I hardly believe the "I didn't know that I would get addicted" camp any longer, but I also think far more scrutiny needs to be placed on physicians that over prescribe.
As someone who had the delight (insert sarcasm font) of dealing with a PA for medication, I can say that yes that my previous post was a little bit of a stretch. I have had a few surgeries in the past and if I needed a PA to get a five day script for Percocet, I would have went nuts. Where my confusion lies, is with the long term users. Do their docs take labs that can identify abuse, not a drug test per se, but something? Or at the least test for elevated liver enzyme markers to get the big picture if there is liver damage?
Not to be vague, but we are on the internet after all... Anyhow, I take a medication 2x a month that required a lot of leg work on my end to get approved. This is not a narcotic, nor is it anything that has the potential to abuse, but it is expensive. Very expensive. Therefore, my insurance company likes to put on their latex suit and slap me around before granting my PA. So I can see how crazy it would be for someone to have to go through that for a minimal supply of pain meds. The one thing though is my entire healthcare team is very active in my treatment. They have very candid conversations with me and expect me to very honest with them. They almost remind me of having four mothers. They are that on top of me. The thing is, I really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I wish that people in chronic pain were treated with the same respect and dignity. Just a thought. However, this seemed to work: