If you are dying, or suffering from chronic pain, in Ukraine, it is against the law for you to receive adequate pain relief. The government sets restrictions, across the board, on the daily dosage a person can receive. Its a one size fits all approach. People are forced to live their lives suffering in chronic pain, from a range of illnesses. Health to People, Ukraine’s morphine producer, makes the drug in a liquid/injectable form only. Because it is in this form, and controlled so tightly, the government mandates that healthcare workers administer it. Patients suffering from chronic pain, who are unfortunate enough to live in remote areas, only get their pain medications two times a day, due to a shortage of healthcare workers. This is in direct opposition to the widely recommended dosage, of every four hours, as needed, for severe pain. Anzhela Marchand, a researcher working for the manufacturer, said they would consider making morphine in the form of a pill, yet she defended the government mandated dosage restriction, on the grounds that patients could become addicted, or suffer from side effects, if they were allowed to use more. This point of view is in clear opposition to World Health Organization guidelines for treating such patients. According to The WHO, there is no maximum dosage, and the Ukraine’s fears of addiction are not based on sound reasoning, especially when it comes to treating the terminally ill.
Patients who are terminal, and those suffering from long-term chronic pain are in a desperate situation. A retired policeman kept a pistol under his pillow, to kill himself with, in case the nurse was late, or did not come, and the pain became unbearable, according to Serhiy Psyurnik, who runs a palliative care group. Another of her patients, a man named Vlad had this to share, “Why do I have to endure pain and torture for years, my entire youth?”. In their zeal to stop illicit use, abuse, and addiction, the government of Ukraine has made the legitimate, and effective use, of opiate analgesics all but impossible.
Contrast what is happening in the Ukraine, with the enactment of State run data bases, to track the prescribing of opiates, in the United States. Are we going to become like them? In the attempt to stop pill mills, are people suffering from legitimate chronic pain going to be caught up in a system that is set in stone, and directed by law enforcement? Does a cop reading a computer report, of how many, and from whom, a patient got their narcotic pain medication, have the medical training/credentials to make a determination of legitimate medical use verses misuse, and diversion for unlawful purposes? Government mandated data bases run the risk of creating scenarios in which physicians will be wary to treat chronic pain patients with a course of treatment that is effective, if said course would involve the use of opiates, because they will not want to run the risk of being jailed, or having their reputations ruined with false allegations.
The masses have allowed themselves to be spoon fed a bunch of bull, and misinformation from the media, and have demanded action from the government, to eliminate the diversion, and misuse of opiate analgesics. In the zeal to please constituents, and make the enforcement of current laws less costly, state, after states are passing over reaching legislation, to create tracking data bases. These data bases run the risk of invading people’s private lives, subjecting the sick, and those who care for them, to legal action that could include incarceration. An algorithm will be determining how much, and what type of treatment sufferers of severe, and chronic pain receive, if the data bases are not used in a careful, and judicious manner. Even then, doctors in the data base states, will think twice about treating pain, or they will not treat it at all.
I feel bad for these people.
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Source for Ukraine Information: Yahoo! Health. Here is the link: http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/ap/eu_ukraine_doomed_to_pain