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  •  One of my friends is back on heroin now (9+ / 0-)

    actually. Why is he on heroin? Because he has severe trigeminal neuralgia and his health insurance won't give him opiate pain killers for it. This has been going on for twenty years. We spoke a few weeks ago when he phoned me, considering suicide -- and howling into the phone more or less -- due to the extent of the pain.

    I guess this is basically along the lines of a Kurt Cobain type thing.

    Another friend I had who took heroin who overdosed, sadly, at 24-years old, was struggling with a chronic pain condition which I don't know the details of. She was a squeaky clean sort too. She looked like a cheerleader! And because of her pain condition, she tried heroin and overdosed. Likewise, I remember the doctors refusing to give her sensible meds.

    Another one had chronic migraines. She's not dead, but she overdosed several times.

    Another one had chronic pain from a car accident which shattered her bones. She was on heroin, then on methadone. She still couldn't get a prescription for pain killers even after her bones were shattered in that wreck when we were like seventeen-ish.

    That list just goes on and on. I can't help but see them as intertwined. So few people whom I've known on illegal opiates take them "recreationally."

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    by mahakali overdrive on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:24:55 AM PST

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    •  CBT will solve all your problems (4+ / 0-)

      Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is maaaaggggiiiiic.

      Yeah, right!!!

      Marijuana is definitely something for people to explore as an alternative to opiates for managing pain.  It uses different receptors, they do help decrease pain, and they DON'T affect the automonic nervous system, meaning you can't overdose and stop your heart and lungs.

      Our government, and our medical community don't have all the answers, and since they don't, they should have no right to interfere with a person's quest to go find answers for him or herself.

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