Is the Opioid Epidemic Leaving Chronic Pain Patients Out in the Cold?

WTTW of Chicago talks with chronic pain patients in the area that have had their pain medications cut due to regulatory and legal changes regarding opioids.

One of the patient’s story is heartbreaking:

But Urbanek says she feels hopeless and dreads seeing her doctor because she fears her opioids will be further reduced. “I tried everything before the opioids because I didn’t want to be on them,” she said. “There’s nowhere to go. There’s nothing to take.” Her fears, she says, have led her to a nonprofit called Final Exit Network, which supports the human right to die with dignity. “When the time comes, they’re going to help me take my life,” she said. “Without the opioids, my pain here isn’t going to be livable.”

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