Hi, I'm new here and I am wondering about the policy of not giving pain meds. I understand that Motrin and other NSAIDs work well for pain, but I am allergic to them; they make my bronchial tubes close. I need extensive restoration work and have undergone two procedures this past two months, that have been horrifyingly painful afterward. I have osteoarthritis in my back, with some slippage; which is basically a big spider of spurs in my lower back and I take a minimal dosage of pain meds daily. My dosage is on the low end and does not cover pain from a large molar removal and a bone graft.\n\nThe Dentist told me to take an extra pill, but I don't get extra pills; there are two a day and that's it. Then the Dentist told me to take Tylenol, which doesn't really work and at that level would put me over the amount that would be bad for my liver. I just spent the last week in terrible pain at night from my jaw and I can't do this over and over to get my teeth restored. My front teeth need root canals and I would rather just get implants, but I'm starting to panic that I will have to keep going through terrible pain.\n\nI don't know what to do. I don't want to go to another Country to get my teeth fixed, but it's starting to look like that's my only option. What has happened to Dentistry in this Country? We have the newest wonderful procedures to restore teeth, but the opioid epidemic has made the Dentists into barbarians!\n\nI just have to ask, if the Medical Community is so worried about addiction, then why don't they treat Addicts? Our Addicts are banished to the streets; to buy unsafe street drugs and become a pestilence to their communities. Our Schools push Ritalin (meth) on our grade school kids, with nothing said about what happens to these kids, when they get into their twenties. I see so many young people on the streets begging and wonder if they were drugged during their school years. Yet, the push to save Addicts is the harsh clampdown on Chronic Pain Patients, who are going through some of the toughest times imaginable right now; cancer patients and elderly not exempted.\n\nWhat really puts me over the top, though, is looking up the PERS system investments and seeing that the Legislators making these laws on our pain meds have their retirement accounts firmly in these companies making the new patented opioid drugs. They are getting rid of the old drugs that people and government entities can afford, for new drugs which will make everyone money. It's an ugly accusation and I hate making it, but there it is and I still don't know how I'm going to be able to get my teeth fixed. How can this be happening in our Country?