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Opioid Epidemic from a cop and pain patient's perspect

Good read – it’s great to hear from people who have experienced an issue from both sides.

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What a great article. His struggles echo some things I’ve heard from friends struggling with back pain. One of them cannot work and is on disability. His pain management contract specifies that the pain clinic can call him up anytime and he has to be at the clinic within an hour for a full audit of his prescriptions and number of pills he has left. Due to his reduced family income, they only have one car which his wife uses to get to work. He’s in rural Kentucky and had no other transportation options so he failed to meet the deadline and the pain clinic cut him off. He had to go cold turkey and ration his pills until he could get into another pain management program. And of course Kentucky has no medical cannabis option for him.

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