Thoughts of David Becker, Husband and Caretaker of Chronic Pain Patient Wife


We’re living in The Brave New World of pain care where our republican form of government has been sidestepped in favor of right wing authoritarian control that has relegated people in pain to moral and civil vagabondage and trampled on the social contract. People in pain now have become like characters in Kaka’s The Trial and falsely accused of crimes they never committed in a surreal and frightening world of pain care where pain care has become more costly, and burdensome for too many in pain. Reverence for life has been replaced with victimization wherein government indicates that preventing addiction is so important that they will sacrifice the good of people in pain. But they dont stop there for they have ignored the facts and claim their is no victim to their policies and the god of people in pain is not their concern-and in this regard they hope to continue to silence people in pain.

They have used scientism to deny peoples right to republican government. They crucify us on the rack of scientism and claim politics has nothing to do with their decision- for they allege that scientism commanded them to do this for(to) people in pain. And it is not just scientism- but bad science and specious rhetoric for they claim that lack of evidence of opioid effectiveness is proof they should not be used.

And whose fault is that- who failed to call for long term studies on opioids 10, 20, 30 years ago- government. They were too negligent and uncaring t settle the matter when it came up in the Decade of Pain Control and Research. And now they penalize people in pain for their own longstanding neglect. (Editor’s Note: The government has watched since at least 2004 and yet 12 years later is when they decide to do something about it.)

In less then a year, government has restricted access to opioids, marijuana-and now Kratom for people in pain. This is cruel , degrading, and demoralizing. Our right to chose and right to dignitarian treatment and humane consideration is being slaughtered in the name of preventing addiction.

It is time people in pain unite in the name of dignity, humanity and justice. Let us restore some sanity, some reasonableness, some reverence for life for people in pain.

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