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john kelly (1 день назад)
John Oliver. Getting paid millions to overlook people with chronic pain getting shafted because of assholes abusing drugs. Fuck you Oliver, you sanctimonious prick. I can't wait until the mirror is shoved back into your beak nosed face one day. There is so much misinformation. First, a primary doctor is not going to be able to prescribe more than a few days worth of any schedule II narcotic without investigation (or fear of investigation) by the FDA and DEA. They don't want the liability. That is why the pills are prescribed by a doctor that specializes in pain management in a pain management center that DOES comply with the law. There are people in need of the drug to live, and then there are fucking assholes that live for the drug. The innocent people suffer, and John Oliver gets to joke about it. Fuck you, Oliver.
M Detlef (2 дня назад)
GREAT jobs, druggies!!! We'll miss you....NOT!!!!!
Carrie Reed (3 дня назад)
Pot Needle... Sounds like a sweet band name.
Till We Have Replicators (3 дня назад)
Remember the good Ole days when John Oliver had more fun things to talk about than rampant government corruption? :(
Justin Rhymes (3 дня назад)
6:31 uhmmm... it laurel.
htconex19062012 (4 дня назад)
Yet UK is still selling guns to 3rd world countries
Jerry Smith (5 дней назад)
Give addicts all the drugs they want, and problem with resolve itself.
Dschimmieh (6 дней назад)
Uuuum hey, america. Have you pharmaceutical companies seriously never heard of pain killers like aspirin, caprocphen, finadyne, or metamizol? How the fuck can your only option be opioids if you have no access to physical therapy??? Are you positive you live in the developed world?
Mark Youneva (7 дней назад)
I had major surgery and was given a cornicopua of pain meds to take home. I used half at at time of one of these pain drugs, and flushed the rest. I switched to regular ibuprofen a few days after surgery to my doctor's surprise. The problem with opioids is that people today have become too wimpy and want to be soothed to a lull. They don't want to endure even the slightest pain. I'm not saying people need to endure excruiciating pain, but they need to understand that abusing strong drugs have consequences. People need to understand the medical system and doctors are not pushing these strong drugs because they agree that you are in dying pain from that stubbed toe, but becuase it's lucrative for them to "go along with your story" You are being played to your own detriment.
Katie (8 дней назад)
Research BLATANTLY states that “opioid related deaths” are nearly all from heroine and street grade fentanyl. NOT from prescription use. You can scream “gateway drug” if you want but they used to say the same about marijuana. Also, the number of deaths has actually reached an all time high as more restrictions and “safeguards” are added to prescribing, mostly because people in legitimate pain were told they would no longer receive their medication and overdosed rather than face life in that condition. It was originally labeled a crisis when there were fewer overdoses than gun deaths just FYI. They’ve also found that many people and conditions don’t respond to alternative treatment or drugs for pain relief. Shows like this (I’m normally a HUGE fan) make it extremely difficult for people to get pain relief as they’re labeled part of the “opioid crisis” and addicts instead of pain relief seekers as Dr. Alan Spanos described. He attended Oxford, Hopkins, and Duke as well as teaching at Duke, UNC, and Hopkins during his career while practicing medicine btw. He just might have a little more understanding of the subject than you portrayed. Personally I have a rare disease that, in addition to causing chronic pain, causes constant new injuries and affects how my stomach and intestines absorb medicines. Very few things work. The strongest opioids do nothing while some weaker ones help immensely. However I have to take non-opioids as well to help with other kinds of pain that the opioids don’t. If I have to see a doctor that’s not familiar with my condition I’m treated like an addict. I feel you should know that shows like yours have contributed to this.
kragseven (9 дней назад)
My brother is addicted to opiates all dr prescribed. He keeps coming up with surgeries he needs and doctors do them.
KEVIN Carrick (10 дней назад)
Dang Opioids kill more people than guns! We should make them illegal likes guns.
musicloverhoney (10 дней назад)
The deepest source of our problems at this particular time is the fact that politicians began attacking the appropriate dispensing of pain killers, for their targeted medical purpose, as a first step in making their constituents happy. First, we need to decriminalize addiction and break from the multiple negative connotations that exist in the minds of those who have never personally experienced it. That is necessary for more people to even admit when they have a problem, much less feel like they can come forward for help. Furthermore, when dealing with a problem that is essentially driven by pain, which can come in an endless range of degrees and forms, adding to the sufferers hardship is a quick and easy way to compound the problem. (For anyone who doesn't quite understand what I mean, a google search of dopamine might help.) Equally important, we need comprehensive reform within the medical community. There are currently NO federal regulations in place which dictate what a "rehab" facility entails. In fact, documentation seems to imply that there hasn't even been nearly enough research into finding out what sort of foundational regiment would be successful in breaking the bonds of addiction. Without that information to build on, how can we expect to prevent these 30,000 deaths each year? People who have not had to deeply consider these problems on a personal level really have no idea how unfit this country is to support the existing problem, much less prevent more addiction cases. And unfortunately, simply cutting off narcotics from an addict is not just potentially painful and life ruining, it can cause far more dangerous drug seeking behavior and, in the case of some drugs like methadone, dangerous medical problems and even death. Until we have a network of medical support and rehabilitation options for those who are already addicted, that should be our primary focus. Yes, clinics that dole out pain meds created a great portion of the problem, but there are already laws in place for the prosecution of such behavior and, in most states, they were adhered too fairly consistently. As a patient in a pain management clinic, I can attest to the fact that my treatment has always been tightly regulated. However, since Florida gained a reputation as the doctor shopping/pill popping capital of the developed world, politically motivated responses have not only made it extremely difficult for me to get enough medication to manage my chronic injury, illness, and surgery created acute pain enough to function each day, the costs to me and my insurance (read that as "everyone else who has to pay the increasing insurance rates") have been continually growing. Still, though I do suffer a degree of physical dependence as is common in long term care, I am not considered an addict. Those who are will not be easily deterred by these changes as most regulations have no effect on methadone clinics or street drugs. In fact, while I was taking 15-20 mgs of methadone each day, a family member has continued to be given 140mgs a day with no changes in the last 8 years to the regulations which impact her access. While insurance companies are now prescribing the use of regular EKGs to monitor the effect of my dose on my heart, there are no such regulations for methadone clinics. They essentially can continue to make their $16 per day per patient without any regulations to force them to take an active role in their recovery. That's not the worst problem though. Rehab facilities are so under-regulated that, if you have become addicted and suddenly find yourself having to face that reality, you may wind up in a place that makes $1500 off your insurance for every urinalysis they give you, every day. That's $2.3M for a facility treating only 6 patients year round. These facilities now have a similar vested interest as methadone clinics in keeping addicts from full recovery because politicians and other non-medical professionals were in charge of overly broad regulations meant to comfort voters rather than cure the epidemic. In many states you don't even need a license to run a rehab facility. Until addiction is viewed with similar gravity and concern as any other medical condition or malady and treated with the same scientific basis in fact as all other medical conditions, any efforts to end this "epidemic" will continue to fail and likely cause more hardship for those who already suffer greatly.
Kosmos de Kosmopoliet (10 дней назад)
I guess the joke jew forgot to mention the jewish Sackler family that made billions by running the opioid industry The joke jew on the jewish media channel also forgot to mention the jewish doctors that prescribe the jewish owned opioid pharmaceuticals
Raheema Javid (11 дней назад)
Well researched, as always!
Conner Simpson (12 дней назад)
In the spring of 2018 my school went under a code red lockdown due to a nearby school shooting at one of the middle schools. Not too long afterwards over the summer I suffered from a series of anxiety attacks and went months without telling anyone because I was so scared of all the things going on about antidepressants and painkillers. I’m fine now but damn that was painful.
Ross Moir (12 дней назад)
In the UK it's rare. Because docs don't work for money and the like. Heroin and opioid dependence exists yes, but the NHS is undoubtedly better than the UK system
Vincent Ciccone (13 дней назад)
Heroin use went up after USA got control of the opioid fields in Afghanistan and had no problem flooding the USA with Heroin.
Vincent Ciccone (13 дней назад)
Opioid war engaged by Heroin trade. Now everyone is using illegal drugs and not legal ones. If anyone can't see this, it's they have an excuse.
ukbang2007 (13 дней назад)
1:18 - "I am the best boy" - epic!
BarbaricEmu (13 дней назад)
When crack ravaged the black community, it was a “war on drugs.” Now that it’s ravaging white communities, its an “epidemic.” Funny how that works!!!
FIREARMS TESTLAB (15 дней назад)
LETS GO AFTER THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY! HOW ABOUT THAT. THE GOV DOES NOT WANT TO FIGHT THEM AT ALL!!!! THEY RATHER FIGHT AGAINST THE SMALL GUYS TGAT HAVE NO CASH FOR LAWYERS. THIS IS TOO MUCH ALREADY. THE BLAME IS GOING ONTO THE WRONG PEOPLE. THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY STARTED THIS HEROIN BOOM!!! THEY DID IT CENTURIES AGO AND THEY IT DID AGAIN!!! DI YOU GUYS SEE WHAT THE PLAN WAS????? VERY SIMPLE!!! LETS GET AMERICA HOOKED WITH NARCOTIC MEDS THEN ONCE IT BLOWS UP LETS BE THE HEROES BY SUPPLYING THE ANTIDOTE WHICH THEY CALL THE ANTIDOTE "METHADONE, SUBOXONE, SUBUTEX AND MANY MORE" THEY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE TRYING TO HELP BUT THEY ARE NOT!!!!!! ALL THESE OTHER MEDS ARE AS DANGEROUS AND ADDICTIVE AS HEROIN!!!! ASK YOURSELF THIS " IF THEY ARE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE OFF HEROIN AND OPIODS THAT THEY CREATED IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHY WOULD THEY RECOMMEND OR ALLOW ADDICTS TO STAY ON METHADONE AND ALL OTHERS FOR THE REST OF THERE LIVES!!!!!???? YES THE REST OF THERE LIVES!!! ITS NOT RIGHT!! IF YOU ARE. TRYING TO GET PEOPLE OFF YOUR MESS/PRODUCTS YOU PUSHED INTO 90% OF AMERICANS HOME/LIVES WHY NOT MAKE IT JUST A TEMPORARY THING???? 3 TO 6 MONTHS OR A YEAR THE MOST, BUT NO. THEY ARE THE DRUG DEALERS THAT WANTS THEM AS A CLIENT FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY WANT THE HEROIN DEALERS TO BE SHUT DOWN SO THEY CAN STEP IN AND SELL THERE PRODUCTS!!! AND IF ITS HELP THEY WANT TO DO WHY NOT PROVIDE IT FOR FREE??? HECK THEY MADE BILLIONS OF US WITH THE NARCOTIC MEDICATIONS LIKE OXY, DILADID, PERCS AND SO ON!!! THEY HAVE THE CASH TO DO SO!!!!! BUT AGAIN THE GOV DOESN'T FORCE THEM BUT THEY GO AFTER COMPANIES LIKE THE TABOCCO INDUSTRY TO PROVIDE FREE HELP, WELL TRUTH BE TOLD THAT DIDN'T LAST EITHER LOL THIS IS NOT RIGHT AND THIS GOV IS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE PEOPLE FOR THERE OWN CROOKED AGENDAS!!! WE NEED TO FIGHT PEOPLE!!!!!!WE MUST OR IM SORRY TO SAY TJAT OUR KIDS AND THERE KIDS, KIDS WIL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES THAT WE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN BY ELECTING THE WRONG PEOPLE OR EVEN ELECTING PEOPLE THAT HAS LIED TO US ON A REGULAR BASIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! PEOPLE!!!! WE MUST CHANGE AND CHANGE NOW! AND PLEASE REMEMBER PEOPLE, THE AGENDAS OF THESE POLITICIANS IS VOTES AS WE KNOW. DONT BE FOOLED WHEN THESE PEOPLE PROMISE THEY WILL FIGHT THIS!!! THEY JUST WANT VOTES AND I CAN PROMISE YOU THIS "THEY WILL BACK DOWN OR MAKE A DEAL BEST SUITED FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND THE POLITICIAN. THIS WAR NEESS TO BE FOUGHT BY US!!!! WE NEED TO TAKE ACTION ONTHEM NOT THESE SNAKES THAT ALLOWED THIS TO HAPPEN IN THE FIRAT PLACE. REMEMBER WHAT I SAID!!!! THE DAMAGE IS ALREADY DONE, NOW THEY MUST PAY FOR ALL THE LIVES THAT THEY RUINED!!!!! AND WHEN I SAY PAY" ITS NOT FOR THEM TO KEEP SUPPLYING OTHER OPIODS THAT KEEP ON MAKING THEM MONEY AS METHADONE AND OTHER DRUGS LIKE SUBOXONE.
Vincent Shipe (15 дней назад)
I got one thing to say to that doctor at 10:55 ..... Fuck You Spanos
joelabo (16 дней назад)
What I think Trump means is that if you have a beautiful place to be in, why go get fucked up there?
Nina Lee (16 дней назад)
Mr. Oliver: I respect many of your opinions and enjoy your shows. However, please do not spread misinformation involving chronic pain. I do know many people that are easily addicted to nearly any substance. Most chronic pain patients comply with rules and do not abuse their opioid medication. While there are "pill mills", doctors that are drug dealers with a medical license. Here in Oregon, our medical board has done a fine job of becoming aware of these clinics and disciplining or eventually revoking the doctor's license to practice. Most chronic pain patients require 200mg morphine sulphate equivalents per day to control their pain and remain productive. My dose was near but under 200mg and I was able to resume my landscaping projects as well as remodeling of our house. The majority of us want to be active, although I am aware of those that lay about watching T.V. all day eating junk food. Just as too many americans do that are not in chronic pain. Please advocate for us chronic pain patients. We need to bring all the pressure we can on the CDC and DEA. I was just discharged from my pain management clinic when a new doctor was brought in as the current clinic owner/head physician has decided to retire early due to harassment by the DEA. They raided the clinic in full sway gear and confiscated all their records. I was their patient for more than 5 years and never violated their rules. Their medical staff gave me more of their time and attention to my health concerns than any of my other physicians. Their decision to discontinue my care was a surprise, especially 4 days before Christmas. I can only assume they wanted me out before the new year. I don't know what I'm going to do to find a pain clinic or any physician in this current climate of opioid hysteria that will treat me adequately. I've been in chronic pain for 40 years and have been through every treatment, legitimate and hair-brained, to not be in agony every day. Opioids kept me functional. I was concerned about being "doped up" all day or I wouldn't have waited so long to try pain management. I thought my senior years would be comfortable and productive. Now that may be over. I may have joined the ranks of other baby-boomers that are just "waiting to die".
Diane Benzler (16 дней назад)
I was on Vicodan for pain and the stuff simply quit working, so I quit taking it. I prefer a joint, at least it stops the pain!
Alex Smith (16 дней назад)
He said 'Pop Needle', not 'Pot Needle.'
Brigette Edinborough (17 дней назад)
I totally get making fun of “pseudo-addiction”. It sounds ridiculous, and if you haven’t suffered from chronic pain you wouldn’t get it. I’ve had three cancer surgeries, lost a section of four ribs and part of my right lung, along with lots of muscle and tissue. Before my third surgery I was on a low amount for my chronic pain. When they removed three masses (two cancerous) from my chest and lung, they wouldn’t increase my medication temporarily even though cutting you open and taking out a part of your lung fucking hurts! They treated me like a drug addict when I just had surgery. I had to wait for my primary care physician to get back from vacation and go and see him while crying in pain. He was mad that the University of Michigan was treating a cancer patient like an addict. I temporarily increased my pain meds, then weaned myself down as my pain decreased. I’m taking less pain meds than I ever have since my first surgery. I only take what I really need to function, but doctors are scared to prescribe anything, even for cancer patients!
lzcdf (18 дней назад)
There are people suffering from a constan pain
James Moore (18 дней назад)
Opoids are killing white people....and not just the poor whites in the trailers like meth. Its now taking "good" drug addicts who have a disease. Drug addiction was a minority flaw in character (when the us government was directly responsible for the crack epidemic under Reagan.) In the 90s but now it's a social issue because Becky and brad are overdosing in the suburbs. Probably should have spent more time focusing on the causes of drug use instead of just punishing the blacks and browns.
Onkel Pappkov (18 дней назад)
"I never said 'yes', I said 'yeth', which according to urbandictionary is marijuana. I said to smoke marijuana instead of taking opioids. Details, people!"
Oscar Siddle (19 дней назад)
7:47 a woman wailing at the sight of a stuffed toy
Do My Nails (19 дней назад)
How many people have died over addiction to amphetamines, I wonder?
Jerry Dark (20 дней назад)
RIP HARAMBE! Addiction is a terrible thing :(
Todd Kelly (21 день назад)
When these companies get huge fines who gets the money???
Bodenlose Dosenhose (21 день назад)
"Pain builds character." Isn't that what Mother Teresa claimed?
BomChickyBowWow (22 дня назад)
Had a distracting laugher in the crowd that night.
Gustav Gnöttgen (22 дня назад)
Only one popneedle smokes you addicted
T C (22 дня назад)
There are many senior citizens selling their pain meds to help pay their bills. Senior drug dealers think they are not doing anything wrong! Cut them old farts off their pain meds and outlaw use outside of medical facilities.
British Nerd (22 дня назад)
To be fair, people who are desperate for pain relief would act like addicts
Troy York (23 дня назад)
John Oliver and andy zaltzman on opioids
Troy York (23 дня назад)
I dont see opioid problem in suffrage sky scraper city of land of Oz and people with suits and canada goose jackets. They have a sushi problem
Jason Q (23 дня назад)
Every time he tells a joke, I skip forward 10 seconds.
K. Campbell (23 дня назад)
30,000 deaths a year? What a pity. What about the much bigger problem of alcohol, the drug that kills 2,500,000 per year? No, no... shut your mouth. That's a taxed drug. That's perfectly fine. Everybody drinks it. It's fine.
Ed Momeni (24 дня назад)
I'm documenting that you're totally off on VACCINATIONS,.... fresh orange juice anyone to improve your immune system ? No, too healthy? Still prefer to inject harmful unnatural never tested chemicals in your kids fragile bodies ? If vaccinations are that good how about vaccinating all the fish in the oceans? No, why not? Wouldn't that make pharmaceutical laugh their way to the bank? ..... vaccines do cause autism, show me a single autistic kid who WAS NOT vaccinated, or how about pharmaceutical telling us WHAT CAUSES autism frightening epidemic ?
Ed Momeni (24 дня назад)
John, guess what? This is the same pharmaceutical who educated you on vaccination .... if you still think vaccination is ok how about vaccinating all the fish in the ocean , wouldn't that make pharmaceutical really really rich ? John, vaccines are crime against humanity, please use your own intelligence, not pharmas, and seek facts ... remember anti-vax groups make zeron money from not vaccinating but pharmaceutical does, not bias ?
Ken Bessler (24 дня назад)
AT 9:15 I just had to lite up a fat cone....420
Stew Gru (24 дня назад)
I'm a pharmacist. I have a pretty easy cure to this epidemic which has happened in my area and succeeded. We have a local doctor who is way too old to be practicing who has these archaic views from the 90's about opioids and other controlled substances. We received at least 5 prescriptions of controlled substances daily from him. Many of these prescriptions were inappropriate and one day I called his office to try to change his mind. He didn't like it as if he didn't agree, I would talk to the patient and give them my perspective (as I did many times before.) He got hostile with me and threatened to call the medical board on me for incompetence. I said "Do it, they will see what you're doing and I won't be the one in trouble." We never had a visit from the medical board, but his license was put under probation and he was fined $7,500 dollars (which we easily found with a search of his license and actions against it via the boards website.) I should clarify that I did not call the board on him. He doesn't prescribe controlled substances anymore, as evidence by a letter he sent to all of his patients. I think this was too extreme of a step that he took, but he is doing less harm this way. There are many medications we can use instead of controlled substances that prescribers do not use first, such as high dose NSAID's for pain, hydroxyzine for anxiety, and atomoxetine for ADHD. These medications pose less risk than their controlled counterparts but are rarely used first, or even in conjunction with their controlled counterparts to reduce the use of them. Yes, there are cases where the controlled substance is necessary, but this is often not the case. Moral of the story - have the Boards of Medicine inspect physicians more closely. Action against these physicians (especially in areas with severe opioid problems, such as the area I practice in,) will make a substantial impact on prescribing patterns. Side note, pseudo addiction is real, but there are easy ways to determine if its pseudo or true addiction, such as telling the patient their behavior is inappropriate. Pseudo-addicts modify behavior, true addicts do not.
Daa3.1416 Saa (24 дня назад)
Just jail the owner of fantanil for crime against humanity....I will kill that asshole at the firts see
zshathick haque (25 дней назад)
10:15 "fUCk you may be just a little bit " - it means fuck you with just the head of the penis for a very short period of time !...Thanks ...
Alec Davidian (25 дней назад)
And weed is still illegal.
Nicholas Cisternino (26 дней назад)
people who don't know, after people become addicted, they are no longer getting high, they are just getting well. in other words, they physically need it to become capable of performing activities of daily living. without opiates after addiction, if you go without, you sweat like the worst flu you've ever had, your anxiety is sooooo out of control you can't stand it, your entire body aches, you are sensitive to light, you have diahrea, vomiting, nausea, chills, and so many more symptoms. you are absolutely miserable without your daily dose. again, after a certain point, you don't get high, you get well. try to understand this and not judge addicts, they are miserable.
Louden Kliehr (26 дней назад)
I find that after the hard push by the pharma industry the insurance industry has so much more culpability than many seem to discuss. Easier to pay for pills than 8 weeks of various therapies. Plus the fact I've never known any doctor that has prescribed a regime of pain meds where you titrate the med. It's a set dose and see you some other time. Corticosteroids, often used for pain, are carefully dosed. Mistakes have been made on all sides here. And I can say that from experience.
Mitchel White (26 дней назад)
14:25 , I didn't think evil could sound so fucking stupid. But here we are.
LODZ61261 (26 дней назад)
Here's a real question about prescribed opioids how do you other western countries deal with this problem why in America think it's seems did to be out of control
Meadow Morph (28 дней назад)
The reason there is a heroin epidemic in this country is because pain management doctors began to refuse to give their patients relatively safe opioid pain meds. If you don't believe me, take a look at the history of when the this last heroine epidemic started. Look, I'm not saying this is an easy problem. It would require trying to figure out why about 13 % to 15% of the population would rather repeatedly stick themselves with a needle, pumping who knows what (other than heroin) into their veins, or drink massive amounts of alcohol instead of living their lives. That's not what this post is about. Instead, this post is about why we have a heroin epidemic. If you break down those 33K deaths per year, a large percent of them are due to heroin over doses (accidental or suicide or, yes, murder). Not too long ago, they pushed through legislation that would allow addicts the option of in-house rehabilitation rather than jail for opioid use. This, you all thought, was great! Then they refused to fund the rehab part. (I was not surprised; I lived through the "lets close all the state mental hospitals and we will build small, community-oriented homes and half-way homes for those patients. I believed them. Hey, I was young. The rehousing was unfunded and take a look at the homeless population) Put that along with patients with intractable pain being refused the only pain medication that works, yes, you'll get quite a few suicides. Nothing is simple when it comes to the Federal Government Politicians promising to fund much needed programs. If you believe the Federal budget is going to come through with 5 billion dollars to fund rehab or housing for the mentally ill before they build a stupid wall, why the hell am I typing to you idiots? (hugs and kisses)
xmeda (28 дней назад)
And now you know why your military slaves are protecting fields in afghanistan...and transporting it back.
Freddie Ellis (29 дней назад)
Fun fact When heroin is prescribed and taken in it’s pure medical variant “diamorphine” it is one of the safest drugs you can take!
Ron Ruddick (29 дней назад)
Doesn't anything that temporarily masks a chronically unpleasant aspect of reality qualify as habit forming? Brain stimulation seems to be what people want.
NataliaEnchantix (30 дней назад)
Some don't even pay attention to how they prescribe meds. I had a very minor head injury alongside a neck injury after a sports club come-and-try session at university as a fresher in September. I landed on my head after attempting to learn what the instructor told us to do on a trampoline. I landed on the top of my head and then rolled sideways and injured my neck. You're not supposed to prescribe hard-going painkillers like co-codamol or tramadol (I'm in the UK) to people who have had a recent head injury. But after I went to A&E about my neck, they just gave me co-codamol. Co-codamol, tramadol and morphine can all cause bleeding in the brain if you've had a recent head injury, and I didn't know until I looked at the NHS website about them that someone on a TBI group sent me. Doctors can be reckless with medications. I am lucky to have wonderful primary care doctors, but I've known some who were recklessly prescribing medications you didn't need (an antipsychotic for mood swings!) or not prescribing what is necessary (antibiotics not prescribed even though you had such a terrible infection that you were losing your voice). All medications need to be responsibly prescribed.
QuietHands (30 дней назад)
Really appreciate that you did touch some on the problem of pain patients not having access to both opioid medications and, where effective, safer alternatives. If you folks consider revisiting this issue, a piece focusing on under-treated pain patients is a serious issue that is being largely ignored. People are suffering and dying due to the "opioid hysteria" as it is now sometimes called on this side, comparable to the opioid phobia terminology.
M8s_for_dayz (1 месяц назад)
In Australia you don’t even need prescriptions to get opioids
Richard Breath (1 месяц назад)
But yeah, you could get smashed on them when they had codeine, and risk dying in the process from the ibu/paracetamol toxicity
Richard Breath (1 месяц назад)
+M8s_for_dayz Nurofen is ibuprofen, panadol is a paracetamol, neither are opiates and neither can get you high. There were formulations that had codeine in them (panadeine, nurofen+ etc) that were made prescription only as of Feb this year. Since then we're one of the only western countries that doesn't have over the counter codeine available.
M8s_for_dayz (1 месяц назад)
Richard Breath what about Neurofen and Panadol I’ve seen morons get smashed from just normal pain meds and other crap it’s not hard to do so if you know which meds to mix with what
Richard Breath (1 месяц назад)
I'm from Australia and you most certainly do need a prescription, even for panadeine
Ari The supernatural gay (1 месяц назад)
I love that one lady who scream laughs. It just brightens my day
Diogenes TheDog (1 месяц назад)
By definition, if the real incident rates of abuse were 1%, they certainly wouldn't be Schedule II
Diogenes TheDog (1 месяц назад)
https://youtu.be/wq9qcnaTIA4
Nancy Hodgeson (1 месяц назад)
We are torturing people in the US. I used to like this show.
Kirk Howard (1 месяц назад)
John... you’re getting your information from the wrong people... people will start taking more illegal drugs to stop (hopefully) their unrelenting pain... OVERDOSING and loosing their lives... these people you speak of are weak minded and never should have been RX for Chronic unrelenting pain... What about the people who have lost their RX and Doctor for legitimate chronic pain... have used their prescriptions responsibly and legally, only to be treated as a bad criminal. Our Federal Government needs to keep their “War” up for illegal immigrants and illegal American lawbreakers for making these drugs illegally available to America... but we need to stop discriminating against our own people who are in Chronic Pain that never ever have been a problem for law enforcement, or ever even thought of illegally obtaining or illegally distributing drugs... Think about it 💭
Hope Springs (30 дней назад)
Well said!
abcd efgh (1 месяц назад)
I know this is not at all the point of the video, but where in the flying fuck do uh huh and nuh uh come from etymologically? Is that just an English speaker understanding of noises? Or does literally everyone all over the world understand when you respond with those sounds?
thatonedrewguy (1 месяц назад)
Kratom is a godsend for people unable to kick opioids, and of course, it'll be illegal by next year.
MrGamerman001 (1 месяц назад)
How about WEEEEEEDDDD!? My own fucking boss, the owner of the business that I work at has turned down Opiates as an anti PTSD/Anxiety option and has started using weed. He is a veteran that has seen some serious shit, and he's only 30. The shit helps with just about everything. And no I'm not some dumbass who thinks its a miracle drug for everything, and cures cancer, but it sure as fuck cures the lack of hunger you get while getting chemo.
Julia Carl (1 месяц назад)
Most people like myself take pain killers Legally and in a responsible manner because I have a disease that is unbearably painful. And I need painkillers that only help with the pain. The problem is many health care professionals act like I am a drug seeker once they find out that I have chronic pain... So thank you Jon for making my life even harder.
Hope Springs (30 дней назад)
Well said!
Evil Gary (1 месяц назад)
Under Donald Trump's true America, heroin doesn't work if..... the trees are maintained correctly. Do the Mexicans still maintain the landscaping? I don't know. I only know the best people. The people I know are just the best. Nobody I know will be a criminal. My people are good. We'll drain the swamp. Have you seen the people in my administration recently in December 2018? The best.
karlwashere123 (1 месяц назад)
You might have to flip through some videos but I have some real answers when it comes to dealing with withdrawal and understanding family members with addiction. Please come to my page and check it out
achillies40 (1 месяц назад)
I was taking oxi contin (40mg twice a day) for almost 5 years. It did help with the pain very well. I didn't abuse them. I took them as I was told to by the doctor. The drug dropped my testosterone level to almost nothing. Depression took hold as well. It was a BAD time of my life. The pain was BAD and this was the reason I was taking the meds. The pain I have is nerve pain from spinal damage. It got to a point where the depression and mental issues were too much for me. I made the choice to come off them. It took me 8 months. I feel soooooo much better for not being on them. CBD oil saved my life. It's amazing. No pain meds and a little bit of oil twice a day. My hormones are back where they should be and the pain is under control. I can  function again. Opioids have their place but you really have to be careful with them. There ARE alternatives that work. You have to look away from big pharm to find them. I am now trying Copaiba oil. No THC co there is no risk of losing my job. So far so good. The pain is being kept under control and I feel a LOT better within myself. What more could you ask for?
IHappyChicken (1 месяц назад)
It’s honestly so hard watching this. The pharmo company is immortal.
Jason black (1 месяц назад)
The big pharmaceutical companies selling these opioids do their subliminal advertising through TV shows like Nurse Jackie and Desperate Housewives where they send these little subliminal messages telling people that opioids are magic pills and White America are eating up those pills left and right.
mohnish vishal (1 месяц назад)
First they blame doctors for not prescribing painkillers ... Then they blame for giving it !!! Leave the desicion to us doctors ... Govt or insurance should not dictate patient care
jahn wishart (1 месяц назад)
It's so funny that Purdue was giving the corporate swag with the Oxycontin Gorilla doll....like for that new monkey on your back..how they ever let that toy be released is just crazy dumb.
pedodungeon grandjury (1 месяц назад)
Mea Culpa by Oliver after his dog ate a bag of Charlie Sheen's washing powder, "Who's a good boy, I'm a good boy, I'm the best"...
Christopher Webb (1 месяц назад)
Anybody else notice that the Purdue phamacutical mascot is a gorrila. That seems a lot like the monkey on your back when your stung out. Does it not. Coincidence I think not.
lam bda (1 месяц назад)
I know opioids are a real problem, but there are a number of us who need opioids in order to make life livable. We have no choice in the matter. For example, one person I know takes controlled substances for epilepsy and migraines. He can't take the usual drugs for migraine, so he has to take opioids. But this man finds it harder to get the drugs he needs because of the irresponsible behavior of others.
Jamie Reid (1 месяц назад)
All that the 'do gooders' are doing is making a fool of themselves and literally killing tens of thousands of people in the process!! It's become almost impossible to get codiene based pain killers in the UK. As all docs worry about is poeple developing drug habits. But I have chronic pain and I'm only 30 and I've had dihydrocodeine a couple of times and it really helped. But now I can't get any. So I have to sit around all day. I lost my job and my car, everything. All because my docs refused to give me pain meds! Stop all you idiots sharing your invalid opinion. You do not live in pain, so you can have literally no idea what it's like, so your opinion shouldn't even be accepted!! I think all doctors across the globe should be put through the pain of things like arthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, pain from broken bones that haven't healed properly, etc, etc. Then maybe they'd fucking realise just how hard life is when you constantly live with pain!! And on top of that I haven't Borderline Personality Disorder and PTSD. So mix all that together with my pain and I self harm way more than I used to and get majorly depressed all the time. I know people who have killed themselve because they couldn't deal with the pain and the effects it can have on your mental health
prekop (1 месяц назад)
another proof of how irresponsible and coarse Americans are.
Ryan Smith (1 месяц назад)
It's about time to create something other then opiates to help chronic pain sufferers. Opiates should only be for those with cancer and after surgery but only a very limited amount! Chronic pain patients are ADDICTS just like everyone else. Thats why they bitch and cry about it.
jobje Rabbeljee (1 месяц назад)
What's the problem?
Angiebear (1 месяц назад)
Funny then not. There are patients out there suffering cause people don’t want to go through a few weeks of flu like symptoms to get off the drugs they shouldn’t be taking! I have RRMS , cure it please then I won’t need pain reliefThanks for ruining my life 😊
AlA Al (1 месяц назад)
I took a prescribed oxycontin after a root canal and woke up in the hospital from an induced coma 3 days later.
AlA Al (1 месяц назад)
And a simple tylenol would have taken away the pain from the prodcedure 😑 doctors dont know best!! Its all about money for them, just like the drug companies
The Trashcan (1 месяц назад)
John's humor doesn't always land with me, but that Fox News joke around 7:05 was perfect.
Maggie Foster (1 месяц назад)
The level of Fentanyl in this country is shocking and appalling. Those that knowingly supply it to the unsuspecting addict that goes unwarned and later dies because of it should be charged with murder imo. I know someone trying to do just that right now, tbh. The amount of Fentanyl and its related deaths in the US is even fucking worse since this video was made. I will always speak up for chronic pain patients though-they DO need opiates. I am one of them, but thankfully I've found relief with Suboxone. Something horrifying is happening to those patients. Years ago my mother in law was butchered by a surgeon that was very popular and trusted in our town. She lives with 24/7 crippling pain and has for the last 10 years. She started off on a low dose pain killer and worked her way up to some of the strongest pills on the market. Your body does become tolerant, unfortunately..hence the dose hike over the years. About a year ago her meds were unexpectedly cut in half, insurance wouldn't cover that half, then her doctor would no longer write her the other half. She expressed to him that she cannot deal with the pain she's in...that she'd rather be dead. He said his hands were tied. Not long after that her meds were cut even further down. Her pain didn't change, her body didn't "adjust." She's become a shut in that barely sleeps, barely eats. Every day my husband calls to check on her and asks if there's any running her and her husband need done. She tells him every day is the worst day of her life. We watch the muscles in her butchered hand atrophy and die from not being able to use it. On top of this she has a genetic condition that causes tumors to grow all over her body. She has one currently growing INTO her femur (and many others that hurt her badly on a daily basis.) Still the doc either can't or won't increase her meds again because she's supposed to be "tapering off" after being on them so long. It's heartbreaking for her husband, my husband, and me to watch her suffer so much every day. She says she'd love to just chop off her own hand/have another surgery, but is too afraid she'd just end up suffering more instead. Opiates are a major, MAJOR problem in America. Yes, it MUST be addressed-but it is cruel and heartless to take them away from those that need them the most. A sad amount of those people do end up on street drugs when they lose their give a fuck and become desperate enough to try something-ANYTHING-just to quiet their pain, if only for a couple minutes. There IS a way to work through this opioid crisis without keeping pills away from those that legitimately need them. *C'mon, America, we're better than this!*
Regan Petty (1 месяц назад)
That goddamn witch's laugh in the background is making me want to tie myself to a herd of horses and let them ride at 50 miles an hour of a bridge
This Little Geek (1 месяц назад)
The thing is, because of so many people abusing opioids many chronically ill patients are suffering horribly. I myself am a chronic pain sufferer and while I don't take prescription pain meds I wish that I could because instead I have to deal with excruciating, torturous pain since they don't work on me. Yes, we truly needed more restriction on them but people just don't seem to understand that they are also destroying the lives of people who need them to properly function. Doctors are restrictive to the point where even known chronic pain sufferers have been denied prescriptions and refills. I have heard stories from others of them becoming more and more bedridden and fearing for their jobs. People need to understand that some of us can't do physical therapy or even afford it, many of us can't afford consistent acupuncture appointments, some of us need those pain medications so that we can actually be a functional human being! Opioids did need tighter restriction, but it must also be taken into account that restricting those with actual diagnoses with known symptoms of chronic pain that they experience typically to need to have pain meds.
Phillip Johnson (1 месяц назад)
"Bloomberg announces $50 million to fight opioid epidemic"...I do not like Bloomberg. However, every so often sometimes I can recognize when a man is or has done the "Right" thing. The fore mentioned headline is one of best headlines I have read in awhile. Please keep it up Mr. B.
Dimitri Vasilev (1 месяц назад)
I would need some pain meds if I was sitting next to that woman who is scream-laughing, so I can give them to her after I slap the shit out of her
Frances Lou (1 месяц назад)
Can we just admit that the main reason opiates are a problem is because they are amazing. They are the most euphoric inducing substances that exist.. Until you start getting sick.. stick with psychedelics kids.
Michael Sunderani (1 месяц назад)
fentanyl@btnx.com was sending out free test strips a week ago try emailing them
InfiniteWonderz (1 месяц назад)
yeh sorry but painkillers are habit forming, just because theres less than 1% of the population and 30% of the population that have taken such drugs doesnt instantly mean its addictive
KCS ENTERTAINMENT (1 месяц назад)
Hi! I’m a student filmmaker who wrote and directed my first film called “Escape”, it’s actually about the devastating effects of opioid addiction and I’d really appreciate if you checked it out! Thanks!
André / Pyroghoul (1 месяц назад)
6:38 I'm sorry, did you mean Laurel?
natkatmac (1 месяц назад)
I hate the term pseudo-addicted but I also hate the way John responded to it. An attempt to address those who find their necessary medication difficult to aquire without the loads of social stigma and loopholes have just been dismissed with a chipotle joke.
deleteman900 (1 месяц назад)
Got the narcada when I got a tooth pulled, didn't even get addicted to heroin *feelsbadman*

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