Opioid Medication and the Right To Life


Something to think about–it’s not about what you believe Prince did or didn’t do, what he had or didn’t have–it is an opportunity to open a dialogue about chronic disease pain treatment vs. addiction. Just think about it with an open mind.

There is no cure for many chronic painful diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Quality of life will dramatically change without access to pain meds–we will begin seeing a lot more suffering, wheelchairs, and desperation. A frightening, painful future is ahead for people who have grieved significant physical losses already.

On a personal note–having mostly active RA for 40+ years, sustaining damage (stage 4-meaning bone on bone) in multiple joints, significant limited range of motion (joint movement), joint replacement, permanent dislocation of toes and fingers, fusion of joints, popping cracking joints, swollen hot painful joints causing more damage–once the joint is gone the surrounding bone is next.

There are good days and bad days and there are “I wish I were home with the Creator” days. But what I do know without a doubt–take my pain meds away and there will be only bad days, hard days, questioning life’s existence days. In other words, a life imprisoned in pain unable to walk, dress myself, get to the bathroom, get out of bed, take a shower, even lift a spoon to my mouth.

Believe me, when I was 19, I experienced the acute pain of RA and I prayed to die. This was a time without effective treatment. Meds have come a long way and for the newly diagnosed I remain hopeful BUT for those of us with years of long term damage, slowly taking away pain meds–when there is no cure for a destructive ongoing disease–is not the answer. Please keep an open mind; there is a difference!


Prince did not die from pain pills — he died from chronic pain

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