I used to be given oxy 80s up to 240 mg daily. They pulled them for no reason. Tried forcing me into surgery. Opiates are no joke and the physical addiction is UNREAL and the mental addiction brutal. I never abused my medicine and was sick for a year. I managed to beat my opiate addiction using psychedelics and currently use cannabis, stretching and meditation to manage my pain. I am lucky this worked for me. The system knew the were getting people hooked on powerful opiates and knew by pulling them many would resort to surgery or enter rehab, which many statistics show are not that effective but politicians and their cohorts are heavily invested in this. Some turn to heroin, this is still a win for the government as if they arrest you for needing opiates they can make you work for free in your local jail or male money just by having you on the jail. I never saw heroin, sought out heroin or shot anything. I can't imagine the addiction some face. I will say if the doctor asked would YOU LIKE A HEROIN pill I would have said no. While not equivalent high doses of Rx opiates and heroin addiction become insanely similar and the public was duped.
Finally, when I am able, a place with solid information. No longer able to endure the bickering of all the various groups purporting a "war on victims of opiate crisis". Religious views, herbs & meditation be damned! I am in constant pain and for no "good reason"! Took away my methadone after 10 yrs.; xanax after 39 yrs. Replaced w/4 Norco & neurotin. One addiction for another? And one that doesn't work! This is living? Thanks for the resources.