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PAIN: Bureaucrats think they know best

Letter by Kathleen M. Holland, Tacoma on April 30, 2012 at 12:48 pm | 8 Comments »
April 30, 2012 2:15 pm

Re: “Relieving pain, spurring addiction” (TNT, 4-28).

Arbitrary decisions being made in Olympia to deprive chronic pain sufferers of effective opioid pain medication are draconian and abusive. I am one who lives in hell, due to a chronic, ever-worsening pain syndrome. I’ve endured this for 25 years, and am now, for all intents and purposes, immobilized.

The doctor I previously saw accused me of “just trying to get drugs.” Nothing could be more wrong or more horrible for me to hear. The physician I see now will not allow me any kind of effective pain medication because of the arrogant ignoramuses in Olympia who say she can’t do it, even though they do not know me, have no understanding of my situation or, in reality, give a damn.

All I know now is that I, like most in my situation, am not some junkie or manipulator trying for attention. I’m intelligent, informed, very educated and not a drug abuser. Yet I must endure agony 24-7 and its accompanying despair and the horror that my life has become because of a bunch of bureaucrats who insist that they know what’s best for me, much more than I ever could.

Perhaps they are counting on more suicides, which are becoming more frequent due to this problem, hoping that we’ll all eventually be gotten out of the way in this manner. I cannot imagine them thinking otherwise, since violent pain, despair and quality of life are obviously not the kinds of things they are at all concerned with.

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