I normally would not grace comments such as yours with a response because I consider most random comments like these from folks without platforms as bottom feeders. People who feel the need to denigrate a whole population because of their ignorance.
Your quote via Twitter regarding the SuperBowl ad for a medication to help opioid induced constipation so beautifully states: (your words verbatim, not mine)
Have you ever spent time with patients on long term opioids? Have you walked in their shoes and truly understood what it takes for them to function as somewhat normal human beings on a daily basis? I have.
I live that shit every day.
I invite you to contact me personally. Or any of us! You can speak to my friends, family, boss, coworkers and clients. I will sign off on you conducting references on me for all of those categories. Hell. You can even contact my doctor. Or accompany on my next appointment to understand what us ‘junkies’ deal with on a day to day basis. Please, no really PLEASE. I’d love to for you to in person attend a doctors appointment with me. I’ll waive all that HIPAA shit so that you can see, hear and feel where all the swollen joints are. Look at X-rays. Maybe see a real time ultrasound to see first hand the joint damage that I deal with daily. Hear from me in a completely candid setting what hurts, where it hurts, how often it hurts. And then hear from my doctor what we have to do to make things feel better.
Pretty sure with that alone, you’d understand the need that chronic pain patients have for long opioid use.
But to really drive things home, I invite you to spend a day or two at work with me. Shadow me. I’m not sure if you could keep up. I won’t elaborate on my specific position on my blog but suffice it to say, I am damn productive and I am damn successful. I bust my ass. You NEED me working. I am very good at what I do. And I am functional because of the medication that I am on. How dare you suggest that, as population and by calling us ‘junkies,’ we are none of those things. How dare you. I work harder than many I know as do many other patients I know for two reasons: we need to prove to ourselves that we can and we must remain employed to maintain insurance.
How dare you. In that one stupid tweet of yours, you try to invalidate and mock all of the literal blood, sweat and tears this ‘junkie’ has invested to be successful.
Sure, there is a minority of folks that abuse the medications we take. But it is just that: a minority.The majority of us are doing the best we can with the hand we’ve been dealt and the resources we have.
Calling us all ‘junkies’ is irresponsible and highly offensive. I’ll even go so far to ignore the crassness of your statement. It is offensive but also uninformed.
Don’t be a pussy, Bill. Reach out to us and correct your uninformed views. Correct your ignorance.
The ‘Junkie’ who is anything but