Prescribing pain medication
What a shock it was to learn that pain was behind Prince’s passing.
Yes, he did die of an opiate overdose, but pain is what caused it.
It is tragic as well that because of the legal difficulties caused by prescribing for such pain that many doctors have chosen simply not to prescribe for pain, leaving people a choice — live in extreme, debilitating pain or treat yourself.
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I am not speaking of addicts.
Addicts do not deal with physical pain that suffuses their entire lives.
But because it is now so difficult for people with real physical pain to be treated, some of them have little choice but to do what they must.
Anyone who has ever had to deal with such pain will understand.
It’s a pity that lawmakers would rather punish them by making pain treatment harder to get than by ensuring it is available and monitored by a doctor.
My heart goes out to the late Prince and his family.
Only he knows what kind of pain he endured.
Laura Jackson-Radford of Warrensburg, Mo., is a musician who played for the Topeka Symphony. She is a Washburn University graduate. She has been disabled about 20 years with severe arthritis.