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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Innocent until proven guilty?

Faking It: Why Nearly 1 in 4 Adults Who Seek Treatment Don't Have ADHD

http://healthland.time.com/2011/04/28/faking-it-why-nearly-1-in-4-adults-who-seek-treatment-dont-have-adhd/#ixzz1LJ4hkfXH

I just saw this article this morning. It captured my attention because all you need do is change the term ADHD to chronic pain.

It is not necessarily that the statistics would be borne for those with CIP diagnosis(ses) but that this is the argument put forward about treating those in chronic pain with opiate medication.

There will always be 'fakers', especially when it comes to medical disorders where the treatment is one desired by those who think it is 'fun' or necessary for their success to be 'high' or 'stimulated' artificially.

The regulators and naysayers say that those in real need need to be taken less seriously and treated as though they may be abusers. Signing a contract to agree to 'random urine' tests, not 'doctor shop', be unable to get more medication if you lose it or forget to bring it with you, say on a trip, implies that we are using the medications for 'illicit' purposes.

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

When one in 4 may fake ADHD to get stimulants and when there is a growing prescription drug abuse problem is the way to fix it to go after those who are legitimately in need of these medications?

I do not know where I stand on the issue. I do know that I am a patient, not a faker, and it is not fair to lump us all in one basket that presumes abuser.

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