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A non-fiction medical drama through the eyes of the patient. Join us as we dive into the world of patient safety, where medicine, design, and politics meet, and everything we think about modern healthcare is thrown into question.

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Irritating background music

The content is great. But the background music is irritating. I want to hear the content, not music. If I want music I don't want someone talking over it. Please! One or the other.

Informative and Engaging

Well produced and informative podcast. Well worth the listen.

Opioid podcast

I appreciate the efforts that went into this podcast, however, as the first patient to be included in that podcast the information I was given about what would be included in the podcast never was included. I am that patient. I have been prescribed Percocet for several years. I have tried every alternative given by 3 hospital pain clinics. My entire point to agreeing to this podcast was to reiterate that there are responsible ways a patient can safely be prescribed opiates such as Percocet. I’m not referring to fentanyl when I did this podcast as a safe medication.
I asked that it be explained that a narcotic contract was developed by myself and my prescribing doctor. This gives both my doctor and myself accountability! This was never conveyed in this first podcast. And I’m conveyed in a way I don’t approve of.
We as Patients who do take opiates, again not referring to fentanyl though I know many are prescribed fentanyl, but rather Percocet. Also never included is the fact that I was one of the patients who helped develop the 5 patient safety medication check list.
Also not included was what a narcotic contract clearly means. There was one comment taken out of context that was included but sends a different message.
Also not included is the fact that my dose has never been raised in all the yrs I’ve taken it.
Also not included is the fact I have regular tests to ensure my body is not being affected by my dose of Percocet.
The real issue here was brought on by the fentanyl crisis. More importantly the injectable opiates that are the main cause of the deaths we are hearing about. As is the fact these deaths occur from laced injectables. Hence safe injection sites and the dispensing of narcan etc to reverse an over dose.
This is the most concerning aspect of the opioid crisis. Not individuals such as myself. And I wanted to reiterate how there is a safe way of being prescribed certain opiates long term and how we as Patients who have been prescribed this pain medication fear that because of the laced drugs many are using that are not prescribed but rather bought on streets is a different opiate crisis.
Certainly there are many patients that are over prescribed opiates such as Percocet and whom may abuse them, and that’s part of the crisis. Many of these individuals do tend to seek street opiates that do not contain the medication they were initially prescribed.
However, the purpose of me agreeing to this podcast was to reiterate there is safe ways a patient can be prescribed certain opiates, continue to be monitored and have put measures in place to protect not only the patient but the doctor.
I believe Patients need to be evaluated on their knowledge of these medications, their mental status, and behaviors because I myself a long term opiate patient would never seek medications that were not prescribed for me, from the streets, or another individual. Only my prescribing doctor who knows me well.
I find this message was not conveyed in that podcast. I also find that yes it touched on the fear of individuals like myself feel, that conversation did not go into detail enough in this podcast and neither did it fairly convey me as a long term opiate user.
This has bothered me for a long time. And having listened to that podcast again today I once again find it disappointing that the information I was trying to convey and reiterate was not in this podcast.
I personally feel that it makes me sound like a street drug addict that will go to any length to get opiates. Not true.
I do know of some individuals who do sell their opiates or abuse their opiates particularly fentanyl. And it’s these individuals who are putting this fear into those of us who are taking opiates responsibly. Not all opiates are equal in how they affect an individual. Which is why follow up measures and testing are an on going mandatory safe way to continue to use opiates for pain control.
I’m sure there’s data out there that does show deaths from Patients who were prescribed opiates, but I know of none personally. Only those who injected street laces opiates. Laced with fentanyl.
Physicians can put safety measures in place to ensure if they prescribe opiates to a patient. However this was not included. And with the fentanyl crisis all opiate use has been lumped into no opiate use is safe. I disagree and am living proof.
Yes we need to proceed with caution. But to no longer have legal access to this medication because of the fentanyl crisis is terrifying. Not only for myself but many others I have discussed this with who have been prescribed opiates long term and take them safely and responsibly.
Sorry but I’m not happy with the bits taken for this podcast and felt the need to convey that. As I’m the patient being addressed.

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