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