Doctors need to know what they’re prescribing

Oxycodone and Morphine, that is what the doctor here in Mesquite and in Las Vegas ordered for my daughter for knee pain. She freely told them she was a recovering heroin addict, clean for several years but he ordered it anyway. I believe that there are doctors who don’t realize how this effects an addict. A 30-day supply may only last a week. Then they are off and running looking for a fix.  I don’t think the doctors are familiar with addiction and find it easier to write a prescription rather than suggesting treatment that does not include narcotics.

As the mother of an addict, I have watched her deteriorate to a person I don’t know. I can only pray that a stay in detox program will help her to get her life back. I sure don’t want to see her sitting on a curb with a sign begging for money.

Doctors, please pay attention to folks you treat. Don’t add to their problems. Sometimes the best thing you can do is “absolutely nothing”… words I heard from a recovering addict.

Melvina Lewis
Mesquite

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