Pain Patients in Oregon Being Pushed to the Brink (including Suicide) by Prevention Effort
By Markian Hawryluk | The Bulletin | June 4, 2017
The nation’s struggle to corral the runaway opioid overdose epidemic with new restrictions on pain medications is backing pain patients into a corner. Patients are being dropped by their doctors, forced to cut their doses drastically and endure dangerous withdrawals, or abandoned to cope with a medically created opioid dependence on their own. Patients who have always taken their medications as prescribed say they are treated like drug addicts and are increasingly driven to despair.
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