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|Ch. 1||Lies! lies! lies!||9|
|Ch. 2||The literature of exaggeration and self-dramatisation||61|
|Ch. 3||The show must go on||91|
|App||A short anthology of nonsense||115|
Posted October 4, 2007
The best part of Dalrymple's book is his passing on the knowledge that withdrawal from opiates is not at all as difficult as opiate users make it out to be. The very important fact for everyone in the medical field to know, as well as opiate users who want to get straight, is that people who get opiates in the hospital for pain, over an extended period of time, do not experience withdrawal the way addicts do. The actual physical withdrawal from opiates feels like a flu, that's it. There's some mental disorientation, runny nose, lethargy, fatigue--but it lasts about four days at the most. The substitution of buprenorphine or methadone is unethical and unnecessary as it replaces one addiction with another.EXCEPT for addicts who want to get their hands on their substance again. So the fact is that physically it's easy to withdraw but emotionally it's difficult for anyone who uses opiates for non-medical reasons, only because an emotional, psychological aspect is added to the withdrawal. When people who have no psychological reasons for taking opiates are taken off painkillers it is not a dramatic, agonizing experience. It's a mild flu lasting four days and then their world is back.
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Posted November 16, 2009
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