Absolutely and it isn't just opioids.Lotta pressure on you guys - not just the burn guys but all of you that treat painful medical problems - to not “over prescribe”. In my never to be humble opinion most of that “surveillance” is not patient focused but is image “we’re doing something to combat the opioid crises” focused. Toss in a few politicians and attorneys and Docs are really hampered in providing care according to their judgement and experience. Sad case of cultural and corporate overreaction.
My daughter suffers from moderate to severe anxiety. She talked to her GP about it. The doc refused to prescribe benzos for her. My daughter won't go see another doctor because she is afraid of hearing the same thing, furthering her anxiety! It's just fucked up.
WTF, even if my daughter, an intelligent hard working mother of 5 year old twins, takes benzos for the rest of her life, who cares. If it provides relief it's worth it. Just one more thing about how fucked up America is getting because of an out of control epidemic that drug companies started and now doctors are afraid to provide not terribly harmful drugs and let their patients suffer needlessly. I'm glad I have German insurance I can get as many 1 mg Lorazepam tabs as I want anytime I want them no questions asked.