As you might have heard already, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) or Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). This month recognizes all of the people who have battled with the disease as well as those who succumbed to it. Supporters of BCAM hope that the month raises awareness of the disease.
Unfortunately, breast cancer is common. There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has had the disease or has known someone who has. About 12 percent of women in the United States will have invasive breast cancer during their lifetimes.
Maybe the month will also publicize how we treat such diseases and other conditions. It seems that some of our current medical treatments are mixed blessings. For example, we now have powerful painkillers such as fentanyl, codeine, and other opioids/opiates at our disposal.
An opiate/opioid can relieve pain, but ideally, doctors should not prescribe such painkillers for long periods of time. Doctors should prescribe oxycodone, hydrocodone, and other opiates/opioids for diseases that can cause extreme pain, such as cancer and for patients who are terminally ill and in the last other last stages of their illnesses.
One reason why doctors shouldn’t prescribe an opiate/opioid freely is the fact that this category of drugs can be highly additive. People have become addicted to such drugs, only to run out of their prescriptions.
But the brains and bodies of addicted people still want to achieve their prescription drug highs, regardless of what their prescriptions and their doctors might say. Some of these addicts turn to heroin, a drug that is chemically similar to prescription drugs.
Medical science has done wonderful things for many people, but like other good things, It might not be good for all people all of the time. A little caution about prescription painkillers and other things right now and might save us pain in the future.