Unintended victims of the “opioid crisis”: Chronic Pain Patients

Head to my YouTube now (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCClrdkiH_6RTZ1mRiIBVv6A) to hear more about how people with legitimate chronic pain from disease and/or disability are adversely affected and stigmatized by those fighting to address the Opioid Crisis. This is super important. Studies have shown that over 85% of people who use pain medication to manage long-term chronic pain from disease or disability never become addicted or misuse their medication. This crisis must be addressed, but it must be addressed in a way that doesn’t criminalize people in the disability community who rely on pain management for a decent quality of life. I hated seeing my counseling clients, friends, and family members affected by this. Going through the proper channels is vital, but it is delaying appropriate care for far too many people. This has to change. Let me know what you think!

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