In my previous post, I talk about misconceptions people with sickle cell deal with. One misconception is we're seeking drugs...for fun. This is a huge problem for most people in pain. In addition to misconceptions, there are issues like addiction, depression, damage to organs, and death.
We need Opioids for the relief of pain, however, they are not to be taken lightly. When taking medicine for chronic pain, we (the user) must be informed. Specially related to Opioids, we should know what are they, what they're doing to our bodies, and the risks associated (including abuse and overdose).
To learn more check out this video "Opioids: Friend or Foe" by Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD). It was intended for healthcare providers, but I also think patients (Opioid users) could benefit from this information. Also, CIRPD's article " Opioids and Chronic Pain."
Check out CIRPD videos or visit their website www.cirpd.org
Also, news related to sickle cell disease and opioid effects go to Medical News Today