Posted by Christian (188.8.131.52) on January 31, 2002 at 18:06:23:
In Reply to: But that's exactly my point though, Christian posted by Margi on January 31, 2002 at 17:48:29:
The thing about it was that there was NO CURE available to my brother, only the control of pain was available. If you decide to refrain from using certain pain medications then that should be your individual choice but don’t look poorly upon those who legitimately need a greater form of help. Up until his death in 1999 he tried “every” possible method of controlling his headaches. Absolutely no stone had been left unturned or tried, trust me he didn’t want to have to suffer only to resort to using pain medications. He would have preferred having success in preventative measures.
I see no reason why anyone should have to suffer due to junk public policy. And with respect to morphine I want to note that it is entirely possible to live a fulfilling life while using the drug while also contributing to society. In fact “the first professor of surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, William Stewart Halsted, was a morphine addict for the last several decades of his life”. See: http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/ophs.htm
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