Q: 62 y old, prescribed very high doses of 2 strong opioid medications for over 7y. MD gave 60 days to stop. I need help.
For past 2y, I have decreased dosage myself, and aware just stopping could kill me. MD aware but states he can't force others to take over pain control and has left it up to me. 100s of phone calls and as many rejections later,my time is running out quickly. I've even tried and been rejected for medical detox. Prescribing MD is not "pain" specialist but has prescribed massive dosages for many years. Can I make this clinic help safely get me off these drugs? Where can I get help? Please advice me of what I can do. The Ohio Medicaid Hotline advised me to get a Ombudsmen or Leeazon? (Someone to speak for me and advise) I have a LSW through AreaAgencyonAging, but she says she isn't qualified. I know I have organ damage from all these years of Opiates. I also know I can not safely do this on my own. PLEASE advise.
A: First you can't force a doctor to treat you. Suggest you look for a clinic and see if there is a health advisor who can tell you about the resources you have. My understanding--and I am not a doctor--is that you will not die. You may have a number of issues but death is not necessarily one of these. If you are a veteran, see if the VA hospital can help you. Then contact a member of the Ohio Assn for Justice who handles elder care issues. Your's may not be eldercare, but the issues you have are most like those of eldercare.
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