Publication date: Mar 22, 2020
By Dr. Lynn Webster, PNN Columnist It’s practically a clichcE9 now to refer to the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
Sometimes, people skip a stage altogether, or spend more time in one part of the healing process than in another, or circle back to stages they have already traversed.
Trapped in the Anger Stage of Grief For most people, anger is a part of grieving and sometimes a person gets a bit stuck in it.
Kline advocates for people in chronic pain and has used social media to dispel what he feels are myths about opioids.
In her grief, the mother took offense at what she perceived to be Dr. Kline’s advocacy of opioids.
But she was convinced he was a bad doctor because he treated people in pain with opioids.
Her complaint triggered an investigation that led to Dr. Kline losing his DEA license to prescribe opioids and other controlled substances.
We also see people who write about the opioid crisis, policymakers, regulators, and the public venting their contempt toward anyone who defends opioids as a legitimate therapy for some patients.
If they have experienced a personal loss from prescription opioids, it’s reasonable for them, in their grief, to blame opioids or the doctor who prescribed them.
Unfortunately, people with chronic pain suffer because of misunderstanding and misplaced anger.
Anger at the doctors who use opioids to try to treat their illness is unhelpful and inappropriate.
Her anger is directed at the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma, whom she holds responsible for the opioid crisis – even though, according to The New York Times, Goldin “overdosed on fentanyl, which she thought was heroin. “
The rage they feel against opioids and the people who manufacture, prescribe, or take them allows those grieving to not to have to deal with more difficult issues, such as the loss of a loved one or the real reasons why we develop addictions.