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Austin Oyen (2 часа назад)
Pseudo-addiction is a real thing, and is still taught in medical schools and pharmacy schools. People with cancer for example may appear to be searching for opioids, but are actually in pain. It’s a controversial issue, and will lead to nerdy debates among health professionals. However, I can get behind and support everything else in this video. Prescribe less opioids and give rural areas more alternatives.
7620313 A (6 часов назад)
"AAAAAAH HA HA" "AAAAAH HA HA" "AAAAAAAAAAAAH HAHA" "AAAA HAHA"
Enzo DeGregorio (12 часов назад)
"Poppys will put them to sleep" ''im so sleepy" no, you are not Dorthy you are high as fuk
Enzo DeGregorio (12 часов назад)
That dog thou 🚭
MissusBeagle (12 часов назад)
Wow, John, seriously? What the US is ACTUALLY dealing with is an epidemic of fear and ignorance created intentionally by the United States government! The CDC and FDA have recently ADMITTED to LYING, on the record, about the "opioid epidemic"! The numbers given regarding prescription opioid related deaths and overdoses are AT LEAST 50 percent less than what has been reported by the CDC since 1996/1997 and has nothing what so ever to do with prescription opioids written for legitimate chronic pain patients, who are, BTW, the ONLY patients being hurt by govt lies and "guidelines" which the DEA is treating as law! There is NO prescription opioid epidemic. There IS however a problem with people CHOOSING to take or use ILLICIT OPIOIDS such as heroin and fentanyl produced ON THE STREETS. THESE ARE NOT RX OPIOIDS! The number of opioid addicts has not changed in over 30 years. What HAS changed are the doctors and legitimate chronic pain patients who have had their lives ruined because of the government's false reporting. It's fact that people who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain diseases become addicted at a rate of 0.3 percent (ZERO POINT THREE PERCENT), which is negligible and lower than any other group. As for those who've said they've become addicted starting with prescription opioids, it's been found that nearly 50 percent of those people reported to their addiction medicine doctors that they were NOT taking opioids prescribed for THEM. They were taking opioids prescribed for a friend or loved one and the drugs were stolen by the addict (sometimes stolen from a work environment - hospital, nursing home, or pharmacy). Of those who initially claimed to have become addicted using prescribed opioids, nearly 80 percent were later found to have been taking them with multiple addictive drugs, including alcohol. They also were not suffering with acute or chronic pain at the time of addiction and were using opioids in an abusive manner (to get high, not for pain). On the other hand, chronic pain patients rarely abuse, divert, or become addicted to their prescribed opioid pain medication. They are also least likely to overdose or die from their prescribed opioid medications. The real risk for chronic pain patients comes from dual drug pain relievers, such as an opioid and acetaminophen combination in which the patient ingests too much acetaminophen and has liver failure. That rarely happens with long acting opioids or single drug opioids. When chronic pain patients are undertreated for their pain and take additional acetaminophen it can easily turn deadly. A mere 4g of acetaminophen can cause complete and irreversible liver failure in a fully grown adult. By just trying to manage their undertreated pain, they could easily reach the threshold in which liver failure occurs, which is irreversible. The CDC "guidelines" were not based on ANYTHING scientific and there were NO studies done prior to issuing the guidelines. No studies in which dosages were tested, different illnesses were treated, and no studies regarding age or weight. The guidelines we're written almost exclusively by ADDICTION TREATMENT DOCTORS ( who are often psychiatrists who have NO training in pain management and other doctors who often come from medical fields in which they've had little training in either pain management or with the diverse addiction treatment population). Again, the CDC guidelines were written without ANY input from ANY PAIN MANAGEMENT PHYSICIANS or PALLIATIVE CARE DOCTORS. That, in and of itself, should raise some serious questions. Are you aware that the ONLY people who are now approved for OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT (with OPIOIDS) are OPIOID ADDICTS? This population is not only advised (BY THE US GOVT) to get OPIOID TREATMENT, it's fully endorsed, and often facilitated and funded by the drug companies and the US government! And the ONLY doctors given a 100 percent FREE PASS (govt issued waiver) are ADDICTION TREATMENT DOCTORS? Because of the lies told by our government to the American people in order to create the current frenzy, those most in need of pain relief, such as cancer patients, US Veterans, people with MS, ALS, and other chronic pain diseases are very often now completely unable to get opioid treatment, (which HAS PROVEN to be VERY effective at treating chronic pain which HAS been studied and verified!). Where's the logic for treating ADDICTS WITH OPIOIDS while leaving CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS to SUFFER? I don't have a problem with addicts receiving opioid treatment but I have a big problem with all the lies circulating about addiction among chronic pain patients and the continuing lies and misinformation regarding prescription opioids. Addiction among chronic pain patients occurs at a negligible rate of 0.3%. Many chronic pain patients (before being cut off) had taken the same medication at the same dosage for years without becoming addicted or having "opioid sensitization" (which is also a misnomer and very rare among people suffering with chronic pain). Chronic pain doesn't discriminate, it can affect you, any of your loved ones including children, and of course, the dying. Because of widespread fear-mongering, misinformation, and lying under oath among US politicians, like Claire McCaskill, as well as the CDC, and FDA, chronic pain patients who have been cut off completely are dying in record numbers. The rate of suicide among US Veterans has sky rocketed since the VA has forced injured Vets to taper completely off their pain meds. If you or a loved one gets cancer, you will be unable to get a prescription for opioid pain medication but any policy-maker, like John McCain, will have opioid pain medication delivered to them without even having to see a doctor. This is a fact and is now being exposed by people in the medical field in DC who treat politicians. You might not realize that when you present information which isn't factual and present it as though it is, you are only serving to hurt those who have nothing to do with the ILLICIT opioid problem. You are only serving to perpetuate the lies, misinformation, and the abuse of chronic pain patients, who by the way are now pretty much now universally unable to get prescriptions for life restoring opioid medications. Do you want a good quality of life? Doesn't everyone deserve their highest quality of life? If so we need to be sure the information we put out there isn't based on inaccurate information and isn't hurting anyone. IF you want the real scoop on the current opioid situation, check out YouTube videos from LAS VEGAS 8 NEWS NOW WITH REPORTER, GEORGE KNAPP. He is the ONLY journalist whom I've found to be doing his due diligence regarding reporting on this subject.
DR COMMON SENSE MD (23 часа назад)
Hi The fastest safest non-addictive way to stop craving & hanging out for Heroin is to take Repeated 3/4mg Micro-doses of Naltrexone, which is called RMN -- Google RMN for more information. The 50mg Naltrexone tablets are more than 50 times too strong to start with. 50mg causes terrible Rapid Detox & other nasty side effects. Even 1mg is usually too much at first & often causes moderate Rapid Detox & side effects. As a shot of Heroin wears off & some of your Opiate Receptors become empty those empty Receptors scream to be refilled, which is what causes you to crave & hang out. The craving/hanging gets worse & worse as more & more of your Opiate Receptors become empty. But when you start to crave 3/4mg (.75mg) is just enough Naltrexone to fill the empty Opiate Receptors & that stops the craving within 20minutes. As more Heroin drains away, every 1 to 4hours you need to take another 3/4mg Micro-dose of Naltrexone. After 4 doses of 3/4mg you can tolerate double doses = 1.5mg which work for longer. By the 3rd evening you can tolerate 4doses at once = 3mg which is called LDN. Google RMN/LDN Dr Common Sense MD for more information. Best Wishes Dr Common Sense MD
Jacob Prim (2 дня назад)
They should be screening everybody's laugh so we don't get banshees in the audience...
Becky Miller (3 дня назад)
so fake!!!!....not buying the bull!!!!!....does heroine help with pain??? if so it should be sold over the counter and taxed!!!!!!!!!!!.....this country is not free at all.....they get off on suffering i guess!!!!!!!!!!
Braamsery1992 (3 дня назад)
The most upsetting part in this for me probably is, that I as someone coming from and living in Germany, know a person who died from an overdose. I dont even know one person who was in hospital because of one in Germany, but a friend who died in the US.
Thomas Stubbs (4 дня назад)
Perdu is French for lost. That’s all I’m saying
Some Weirdo (4 дня назад)
"It makes time with the grandkids more fun could apply to any drug"... viagra?
Holly Noel (4 дня назад)
1% might get addicted, but 95% will be chemically dependent.
Amber Johnson (4 дня назад)
If they stop oxy they are going to have a lot of people with mental health issues...the government better get on people’s access to mental illness programs before cutting them off.
Tom Didit (4 дня назад)
Give the shit away free. The problem would soon fix itself. The upside would be a great cleansing of the gene pool. Win/win.
Gorilla Jones (5 дней назад)
Just had a quintuple bypass open heart surgery. Can’t possibly have gotten through it without OxyContin and Tylenol as well as Tarradol. I’m not addicted but I did go through withdrawals, that is unavoidable. You just need to be a strong person and get through the initial skin crawling withdrawals. The pain was so great from the surgery that I couldn’t breath or tHink, it was off the charts. They need to come up with a new pain killer that isn’t an opioid to protect weak willed people.
MosquitoHunter (5 дней назад)
Funny how Purdue sounds suspiciously like the french perdu, meaning lost or forlorn.
Team Rocket Grunts (6 дней назад)
Pseudoaddiction is the term you used if the patient is under-prescribed pain medication thus reports little to no relief. Labeling someone who is pseudoaddicted as addicted will have serious and possibly devastating consequences for them. Please fact check, thanks. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4628053/
spork8655 (6 дней назад)
It's bad.
Deelicious Dish (7 дней назад)
That doctor tho! Bro, seeking relief from pain *is* addiction. By definition.
Daniel Ortman (8 дней назад)
I just had a few shots of whiskey to help block out arthritis pain. I tell people it is way stronger than Tylenol and safer than OxyContin. I needed that at one point, but I never knew where the bottle was kept.
Madd Dogg (8 дней назад)
I'd like to see Oliver's episode on pain-related suicides now in 2017-2018 as a result of doctors being fearful of loosing their practice for treating seniors and veterans with severe chronic-pain - thanks in part thank's to this and other media broadcasts like NPR.
Hadje Foxtown (10 дней назад)
...well at least the Sackler Family is not struggling from Oxycontin
Izaak Cox (11 дней назад)
my uncle is on herion, dumbass
Eileen Legge (12 дней назад)
So...Mr. Oliver. First let me say that I really enjoy your unique brand of humor and delivery style. Sadly, I now have to say that you missed it on this topic. It’s not that anything you said was wrong, it’s what you didn’t deliver on, the irony of the other side of the coin. I’ll give myself as an example. I have a rare (NORD rare) neuro/immunological disease called RSD/CRPS. It’s the most painful disease known to man. A whopping 46 out of a possible 50 on the Magill Pain Scale. It surpasses cancer pain, amputation, and natural child birth and I can no longer get a prescription for pain medication. I rarely leave my bed now. I never dress because to move more than is absolutely necessary is simply too excruciating. I’m a patient who’s doctors had to push and prod them onto opioid medication to improve my quality of life scores. The whole time I used them I was fighting to get a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in hopes of not using them. I had to undergo extensive psychiatric testing to get the SCS, but not to take addictive pain medication. How’s that for stupidity? I just wanted as little drugs in my body as possible only because I believed that interrupting the pain signals made more sense. Update. I’m on my 2nd mechanical failure of the SCS implant. Yes, that’s 2 surgeries I’ve undergone in 9 months and whether they’ll approve a 3rd is pretty much up in the air. So, regardless of whether or not I have the worst pain known to man, I am not getting treatment for it. At all. Hmmm. Does this make any more sense than overprescribing? It certainly doesn’t. It might be a little bit harder to make it laugh inducing but if anyone can do it I certainly believe it could be you. Maybe, just maybe, it would open up the much needed RATIONAL response to pain medication without driving the actual Intractable pain patients to an early grave. And yes. Severe, unremitting pain damages the brain, the immune system, and floods the body with damaging free radicals all of which significantly shorten your life span ... in case you haven’t already taken your life first that is. (Good luck with getting a laugh on that last one!) Best regards ❤️
Colonel Pepper (12 дней назад)
I would love to see John get high.
singinwithceline (12 дней назад)
I am chronically ill and disabled. I was born with Cerebral Palsy, have Lymphedema and have had migraines for 11 years. I was put on Hydrocodone 4 years ago to manage my chronic pain. I’ve never been addicted to it and it helps me function in intense pain vs going to bed and missing out on my life. One bottle of 60 pills lasts me months. Now, because of Trump’s regulations I’m being treated like an addict. My doctors switched me to ibuprofen which doesn’t work and upsets my stomach, causing more pain and discomfort.
Danielle D-S (12 дней назад)
Thanks to this tool and the tools in the government the suicide rate is going to skyrocket. Bravo FDA, DEA, CDC. Oh I love how he didnt mention that the numbers are 1/2 of what they say. They lied. And it's not legal pain patients. Its asshats that steal out of medicine cabinets (illegal) or illicit heroin (uh ileglal) and illicit fentanyl from China. But when a death from illegal opioids they lump it all into 1 category. Fuck you John Oliver.
J Jones (13 дней назад)
Kratom works ok with treating addiction. They sell them in smoke shops except illegal in 6 states.
johnny6148 (13 дней назад)
the stinking jew sackler family making nice profits off goyium poor
Liza Chen (13 дней назад)
John did this in a great way, because he DID NOT discount the MANY ppl, who have things like severe spinal damage (that's provable), & spinal disease & cancer patients, who need and take these medication RESPONSABLY & with oversight.......Thank you John.
Abd al-Rahman al-Ghafiqi (13 дней назад)
Obama DEA Caused A ‘Raging Inferno Of Tragic Destruction’ By Mishandling The Opioid Crisis, West Virginia AG Says http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/06/patrick-morrisey-dea-proposal-raging-inferno-of-tragic-destruction/?print=1 Posted By Tim Pearce On 8:18 PM 05/06/2018 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a formal document in support of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) proposal that would limit opioid manufacturers to producing only enough to fill legitimate medical need. The DEA proposal is a direct response to a lawsuit Morrisey filed against the agency in December 2017, pushing the agency to review how it determines drug quotas — the amount of opioids manufactures are allowed to produce to meet market demand. Morrisey, a Republican, blasted the Obama administration for constructing the current process of setting drug quotas and using metrics and methods that inflate opioid production far above the medical need. Extra opioids are sold on the black market and end up in the hands of addicts largely living in depressed communities, according to Morrisey’s formal demand of support. “The Obama DEA’s broken quota system resulted in unconstrained and unvalidated increases each year for the past decade that fueled the drug epidemic,” Morrisey wrote. “It is as if the Obama DEA soaked our nation with gasoline that puddled and pooled in vulnerable communities where rampant criminal and negligent conduct ignited this dangerous excess opioid supply into a raging inferno of tragic destruction and death.” The DEA’s proposal overhauls how drug quotas are determined. Rather than relying solely on industry input, the DEA would set drug quotas using input from states and other federal agencies as well. The new quota will also account for the number of opioids flowing into the black market. Finally, states will have the ability to call administrative hearing in Washington to show evidence of excess opioids and drug abuse. The DEA proposal is a huge victory for Morrisey, whose state is one the opioid crisis has hit hardest. “The excess narcotics supply naturally flowed to the devastated coal fields of West Virginia and other communities that were hardest hit by the recession,” Attorney General Morrisey wrote. “As every West Virginian now knows, next came overdoses, recoveries, and overdoses where no recovery was possible. All of this was made possible because of a broken quota system that failed to protect the public from euphoria producing drugs that also had the power to kill.”
Blacktemplar Drenoth (13 дней назад)
better than game theory
Forest Frost (13 дней назад)
So Marijuana has a lot of regulation because "Nixon" and opioids have none because "pharma". Interesting
lars goossens (14 дней назад)
Equity and/or conversation white drum automatically catch elbow section.
David Porowski (15 дней назад)
cannot find a cannabis needle on google wtf? can google patent 6630507 owned by US Govt. since 2002; (for CBD) SO WHY does DEA/CSA still list cannabis as (1) highly addictive (sic) cannabis & (2) No Medical Value (ignoring 5,000 years of medical use w NO Deaths) Schedule 1 "narcotic" WTF?
malcolm taylor (18 дней назад)
This is such a hard issue. On one hand, these drugs do amazing things. I have watched someone with an angulated tib/fib fracture go from horrible pain to cracking jokes with me in minutes with the aid of fentanyl. On the other hand, people get addicted to these drugs, and overdoses are a serious enough issue that in my current job there is a naloxone kit within 20 feet of where I am sitting. So it's a catch 22, get rid of drugs and cause needless pain, keep them and ruin lives. Personally I think education and support are the first answers.
Puffin Muffin (19 дней назад)
Join NORML legalize weed help fight donate. to many people die over opioids every year
mary sunshine (20 дней назад)
https://youtu.be/-KAC-vR0wmc this is the actual story. Sorry not funny.
Artsy_Judoka (20 дней назад)
16:30 Wait how do you not have access to mindfulness meditation? It's a form of mental exersise that you can do by yourself. That's like saying someone doesn't have access to pushups.
Robert Rifkin (20 дней назад)
Dunkin Donuts coffee is superior to Starbucks, John.
Natalie Newcomb (21 день назад)
Common now... Harrold? Should have been Harambe.
kickass monkey (22 дня назад)
if you thought about House when you heard vicodin ..
Skinny Bones Jones (22 дня назад)
Wouldn't an Epidemic show INCREASING drug use numbers?? https://www.bakerinstitute.org/bennett-charts/
NoiseBomb (22 дня назад)
Im very glad this problem isn’t that bad in germany. Opioid is a very risky. Of cause there is a need for painkillers for post surgery medication and stuff but people should be very aware that there is a very high risk of addiction.
cat21860 (22 дня назад)
I think one of the causes of over prescribing is that everyone experiences pain differently and the effectiveness of a drug varies from person to person. I was given two weeks of Norco after getting my wisdom teeth out, but it was over a month until I was completely back to solid food.
havel twink (23 дня назад)
The sachlar family needs to be killed.and suboxone should be free
Italian Goddess (23 дня назад)
You are a fucking moron that the illiterate think you're smart because you can read fast with a British accent hilarious you don't know your ass from a hole in the ground have to time you don't know what you're talking about why don't you do your own damn research or live it live and really experience what you are forcing down peoples throats idiot
oneinfinity (23 дня назад)
Pseudodiarrhea is actually a real thing, so Chipotle might have a point with such a claim.
Aza-Industries (24 дня назад)
I can't get any painkillers that work for me anymore. =( I'm not allowed anti-inflamatories and paracetamol has no effect. I have chrons disease and I suffer from migraines. migrain specific meds are garbage and you can only take 4 a month which isn't enough. Before they took them off the shelves I was able to manage my pain myself reliable. Now I have to worry a out multiple days of migraines effecting my life. And my doctors won't prescribe anything. Maybe if he actually felt what feels like knifes behind your eye's instead of being born healthy and not having a defective fucking body. People who are lucky to not have genetic BS can't understand why people who suffer don't just go out and be happy too exist like they are. I'm constantly weighing the pros of my life against all the pain I have no control over.
Damian Vigorito (24 дня назад)
President should pardon all drug criminals to punish the authorities for having years to solve the problem and just making it worse. That's what id do. And get rid of the dea and impose the death penalty on any corrupt law enforcement. And have secret agents seeing what law enforcement really does
SS Robs (15 дней назад)
Damian Vigorito Well that seems drastic but we would get some serious results that way.
Sam I (25 дней назад)
You can’t discuss the opioid crisis without discussing Press-Gainy scores and patient satisfaction surveys. Doctors are pressured into prescribing these meds. We don’t just prescribe them because some pharma rep gave us a teddy bear. Hell, if I don’t give one of my patients his Percocet he can go and trash me on Yelp. Usually a fan of John Oliver but it seems like he left out a big part of this puzzle.
Mr. Smith (25 дней назад)
How many of these shriveled dick politicians are inside D.C right now with big bottle of pain pills sitting in their medicine cabinet, and god knows what else at the tax payers expense? The war on drugs is propaganda created by our government, so they can play both sides of the dope fence. The governments pill clamp was designed to keep heroin profits from falling, by forcing pill heads to convert to heroin use to raise profits, and simultaneously kill off a percentage of the pill head population to save government money in the long run. This is genius when you think about it. Morbid, but genius nonetheless.
Fox Blue River (25 дней назад)
People are desperate, hopeless and have no fulfillment, of course opioids make sense.
aWokaWoka123 (26 дней назад)
Sorry John. Normally I'm a huge fan of this show, but you definitely lost me on this one. There is no doubt in my mind that some areas of our country have a serious drug problem, but it's not everywhere, and because of this opioid mass hysteria, there are plenty of people being seriously impacted in a way you might not imagine. Nonaddicted chronic pain patients who need these medicine to walk or even just exist are having them yanked away by doctors frightened by the DEA's witch-hunt, and they just can't live anymore. I see more and more people in chronic pain communities posting about how 'so-and-so' committed suicide because they were in so much agony. And you know what the kicker is? Those massive, drastic numbers that people often see in regards to the opioid epidemic are incredibly misleading if you consider how they're tallied. If a person dies in an inpatient setting or they have an autopsy done ALL drugs that were in their system are reported by way of ICD 9/10 diagnosis codes to the WHO and the CDC regardless of the cause of death. Opioids in the system at the time of death automatically makes it an opioid related death, regardless of what the actual cause of death is. For example; a person could be a chronic pain patient, be on a low does of hydrocodone for a long period of time, and die post op from infection. In this scenario lets say they were given fentanol for pain following their operation. The doctors are likely going to report both the fentanyl AND the hydrocodone in relation to just the one death. TWO opioid related death reports have just been added to the tally for ONE death. This happens all the time with chronic illegal drug users as well. Have you built up a tolerance to just heroin so now you have to mix it with another opioid (maybe fentanyl?) and have that mixture kill you? That's TWO MORE deaths added to the opioid related death tally, again for only ONE PERSON. Not to mention the numbers make no distinction between legally obtained vs illegally obtain opioids.
Horse Lover (26 дней назад)
There is Not One Doctor that gives out Pain Pills. This is Propaganda. It is Carfentanil coming in from China, and Afghanistan that is killing people on the streets.
Eibh O (26 дней назад)
In Ireland you can hardly get neurfen plus
serena Norris (26 дней назад)
Mr. Oliver I have been in a situation were I was put in the "pseudo addiction" I suffer from severe chronic migraines I will never go to the ER again!!!! Massage therapy not covered either but can be very effective. I'm a female so no happy ending jokes please.
Baxter Stockman (27 дней назад)
RIP Avicii
Covodex (27 дней назад)
I have to give a dislike here, because you really aren't neutral on this Topic. You make the doctors calling for more opioidprescription to prevent unneccessary suffering look like maniacs; while they really just cared for suffering people. The fact is that Opioids are one of, if not THE most effective class of drugs that we have to therapy pain and a lot of other issues. Yes, they are addictive and if that is not cared about there can be very bad effects; but that doesn't Change anything about the effectiveness and usefulness of these drugs. Im a pharmaceutical engineer with several years of experience in pharmacies (please note; this doesn't mean im involved in the pharmaceutical industry in any way); i really know what im talking about when i say: you are really calling for a new Opioid-Phobia. Here in my Country, Germany, there indeed are people suffering needlessly because doctors often are afraid of prescribing Opioids. Just think for a second, what do you think is worse - somebody who doesn't really need Opioids getting them, or someone who really needs them and doesn't get them. As someone who has years of experience with this Topic, i can ensure you that the last one is way worse for the people suffering from it. Last but not least, an addiction can be overcome. I myself had drug Problems in my past, and look where i am now. I think you people mostly don't really know what you are talking about when it comes to the Details of this stuff, for me it's hard to accept that those people who don't understand the stuff make the rules controlling it. Of course this goes wrong, what do you expect...
cloudsweapon567 (27 дней назад)
Thanks for uploading this video as I needed a good laugh as I'm currently in treatment for opioid addiction.
Frank Green (29 дней назад)
Watching this as a chronic pain sufferer, who has been a non opioid pill guinea pig, I can state with absolute certainty that I would have killed myself years ago, we're it not for opioid pain relievers. I was given over 10 different types of anti-inflammatory pain medications and was still unable to function. I would fall down in pain at work and crawl into a ball and cry, I would go to the restroom and call my wife and cry, I would beg the Lord for help... After over 3 years of suffering, I was given opioid pain medication. I take it as prescribed, and can function. It doesn't take all the pain away, but it makes it tolerable to the point that I can do most things. The opioid crisis is such a terrible blight on our society, but I am fearful of when my doctor retires, or if new legislation makes it to where I cannot get the medicine I require to function. Finding solutions to these problems is not an easy task, with no easy answers. I surely hope that the consideration of those of us suffering from real pain. Pain that other medicines, other treatments (RFA for example) physical therapy, and weight loss, have not been able to fix... Are not adversely affected.
TsukiNaito1 (29 дней назад)
If my dog got a hold of heroine I would hunt down the dumbfuck responsible and exact hellish vengeance.
Vibhor Khanna (1 месяц назад)
Very good research...one of the areas to explore is also value based payments where patients can influence payments... i.e. if doctor denies opioid medication then patient or family members can rate the hospital/doctor m=negatively and hence their reimbursement.....its complicated
Dreetsch (1 месяц назад)
I just looked at the Previewpicture of this Video and read "Droids", was a little disappointed when i read the actual title. xD
Greg Reilly (1 месяц назад)
The opioid crisis was manufactured. Scientists developed a heroin vaccine a few years ago but there wasn't a big market for it. So, heroin made a huge comeback. The push of pharmaceuticals assists the endeavor.
SS Robs (15 дней назад)
Greg Reilly What do you mean by heroin vaccine?
R picard (1 месяц назад)
Speaking as a person who had his legs cut off by a train, those pain killers sure came in handy. I bet if you try and take the bourbon glass out of the hands of these politicians then you would hear some real bitching. Oh and lets not focus on stopping the Child sex trade epidemic nooo lets spend billions on building a wall and taking pills away from people who need them. IDIOTS!
D Molina (1 месяц назад)
Marijuana is a powerful painkiller
marvel's greatest hero (1 месяц назад)
There's a woman in the audience that's literally going to die of laughter 😂
Nikolas Tranæs (1 месяц назад)
Would have been great to focus on the fact that once people get addicted to pain killers, it's often too difficult to get prescriptions for the drugs they need, so instead they go down to the Burger King parking lot and buy some heroin. Harris Wittels should still be here...
Robert Blackford (1 месяц назад)
I was prescribed opioids for pain. I took them responsibly. I didn't become addicted. In all this talk of addiction I'm not hearing the term "personal responsibility."
SS Robs (15 дней назад)
Robert Blackford Personal responsibility does play an enormous role in the majority of cases however even while being used exactly as directed addiction is still very possible.
Sarge Loves Scout (1 месяц назад)
POT NEEDLE = great name for a indie band stoner rockers.
Pawel Zybulskij (1 месяц назад)
Drugs pouring unimpeded through Mexican border BUILD THE WALL.
Stephen2462 (1 месяц назад)
Pawel Zybulskij Was that sarcasm?
Pawel Zybulskij (1 месяц назад)
Probably no. But it would look nice and some people would feel better.
Stephen2462 (1 месяц назад)
As if a wall would even slow them down. Our own pharma companies are a bigger problem in that regards anyways.
Soleilo Carlson (1 месяц назад)
I’m watching this because we’re doing a debate on drugs in my middle school health class
Tim Edmonds (1 месяц назад)
Yes last admin pushed opioids / the front line doc's pushed it hard. The evidence is all over USA.
David Gilder (1 месяц назад)
The thing is... I am pretty sure an "opioid," is a *derivative* of an "opiate" like Tramadol. I am not advocating either. But if Dr. Jane Doe from Boston University says that 1 out of 4 patients got super addicted out of 4 out of 1,200 in a study that tests with Oxycontin (which is not an opioid but an opiate) , I am feeling more and more safe with my Tramadol.
David Gilder (1 месяц назад)
lol! The Pot needle.
Nicole 9volt (1 месяц назад)
I LOVE John Oliver.. but this is a DISGUSTINGLY done article. He laughs at the idea of pseudo pain?? I'm 30. My knee started hurting so bad I couldn't walk my dog back when I was 22.. wondered why? Doctors looked at me.. "your young .. your ok..." 26 ... "oh your in pain... X-ray says your ok" 28.. FINALLY a doctor that says " it's weird your young and complaining about pain.. let's do a CT scan... oh my.. um... let's do a bone density scan... ummm.. I'm sorry Nicole.. your 29 years old... you have full osteoporosis in your knee and hip.. you actually went through an entire phase of PRE-OSTEOPOROSIS that could have been caught.. there is nothing we can do now but keep your current pain at the level it is at and hope it doesn't get worse" FUCK YOU! I just have to blindly yell out now to all the doctors that diagnosed me from the door, simply because there was "no way I could actually be in pain at my age" FUCK THEM! I'm angry. I'm really fucking angry. I'm 30. I can't be on my feet for more than 2 hours at a time and ITS NOT BECAUSE IM A FUCKING PILL SEEKING FUCK HEAD! All I fucking want is to be able to fucking walk my dog. So when my doctor prescribed me a fucking 10mg hydrocodone that allows me to fucking do that, I'm going to take it CORRECTLY and live my fucking life. Fuck you for making me feel bad for that. Go to fucking hell.
Eduardo Contreras (1 месяц назад)
My home city is suing the company
nickatnights (1 месяц назад)
Great show but, as an Australian, the fake laugh track is dreadful. Awful. Annoying.
GDUDEify (1 месяц назад)
For research, communication, and ethics
GDUDEify (1 месяц назад)
John Oliver needs to be a mandatory course in high school and college
Rodney Whitney (1 месяц назад)
This only received national attention as "American's new drug problem" because it's almost disproportionately affected whites? AND the white population is decreasing? NOW, I understand.
STDealer (1 месяц назад)
I popped two Perc 30s (them pretty lil blue ones) and bumped this
Russian Homie (1 месяц назад)
Puck Fudue #hoosiers
Dom1118 (1 месяц назад)
This is funny?
Desmond Huggins (1 месяц назад)
Oxy cont in who?
V Isael (1 месяц назад)
Lock them up that's how you get them off drugs.
SS Robs (15 дней назад)
V Isael Yeah because thats going just fantastic right now.
Tom Franck (1 месяц назад)
This is really one of those subjects where the downvote count confuses me. It's a piece on the bad effects of drug ussage. It isn't political, it isn't about sensitive religious issues like abortion or gay rights, it isn't even about shiting on another country. Who the hell hates DRUG AWARNESS of all things. Do drug dealers make acounts to downvote things like this or something?
TheSterMan01 (1 месяц назад)
Nah, people just downvote things to feel better about themselves. I once downvoted my own video. It worked.
j0nnyism (1 месяц назад)
Propaganda and bullshit. Heroin is perfectly safe if taken sensibly. You can kill yourself with water if u iv it.
SS Robs (15 дней назад)
j0nnyism Yes thats technically true, however its rarely used responsibly. I thought the video wasn't too bad especially consider it's John Oliver. What exactly didn't you like/thought was bullshit?
HAVEALOVE (1 месяц назад)
is that a laugh or hunter's signal... LOL
Andrew Barnett (1 месяц назад)
when i was kid it took losing an arm or leg to get pain killers............now they given out like candy
JP Fragoso (1 месяц назад)
Np that these drugs are all completely legal.... The pharmaceutical industry needs their billions, those poor billionaires
Michael Maskell (1 месяц назад)
30% of all pharmaceutical opium comes from Australia. FACT !
SS Robs (15 дней назад)
BAN AUSTRALIA!!!
Makure (1 месяц назад)
John Oliver is the best heroin dog.
Taz Mage (1 месяц назад)
See? This is part of the reason my wife has to live in constant pain at 71 years old. Because the media is scaring the government, which in turn, is scaring her doctor, who has cut her pain medicine AGAIN, even though she is in FULL COMPLIANCE with her "pain management contract"....2 of our family members have committed SUICIDE because their doctors completely cut them off their pain medication. So, thank you Mr. Oliver, I hope you sleep well.
Tony Stinnak (1 месяц назад)
i'd happily take Oxycontin knowing i would od and die if i did, if i felt bad enough, which is at least weekly
Taz Mania (1 месяц назад)
For fuck sake...it's reefer madness all over again.
Calvin Rey (1 месяц назад)
There is a crazy lady somewhere in that studio. She thinks she's a parrot.
marvel's greatest hero (14 дней назад)
Calvin Rey ikr!
Tom Griffiths (1 месяц назад)
WOW a bunch of wusses. I don't even use aspirin
Sarah Landrum (1 месяц назад)
Anyone else hear that weird woman laughing like a toucan in the background?? 😂😂
marvel's greatest hero (14 дней назад)
Sarah Landrum yep

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