Unfortunately, since writing this story I have sadly discovered that I am not alone. There are many who have reached out to me that have experienced the same. It seems to equally be an epidemic now not to be prescribed narcotic pain medication as it is an actual opioid epidemic.

Also, I was 100% correct that once I got over the initial injury impact my pain would reduce. I haven’t taken Vicodin since Friday as it is now manageable with over the counter pain reliever and just sitting on my ass and keeping the weight off. It seems realistic to me that it should not have been such an issue for me to be prescribed short term pain meds to begin with.

On another note, thank you for the work that you do. I wish you the very best.

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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