Needing a drug is not the same as addiction

Needing a drug is not the same as addiction because you can need it periodically without being addicted to it at all. My case in point would be the fact that I have been prescribed Hycodan cough syrup over the years for chronic bronchitis – but when the cough was gone, I felt no need to have more of it: until I had another flare-up.

WITH this cough syrup I can actually SLEEP when I have a bad cough. There are other similar preparations with codeine – but I prefer the flavor of this one. Who wants to go to sleep with an icky taste in their mouth?

Edit 08/2019 I have now changed my stance on the use of hydrocodone, and prefer the more natural codeine for cough suppression – although both are equally effective. Furthermore, while a wikipedia article on the subject states that there is no evidence-based reasoning to using codeine for cough suppression, the truth is that it is commonly prescribed for that purpose, so there obviously MUST be some evidence to suggest it IS effective – as I can attest to myself. When NOTHING ELSE can stop my chronic cough, codeine DOES. So there’s your evidence.

I was first prescribed Hycodan in my late teens, by a doctor in Key Largo. At the time, I freaked out because he wanted to take a chest x-ray: something I had never had done before, so I thought he was a quack!

Many decades and countless chest x-rays later, this became my go-to sleep aid for quelling the lifelong flare-ups of this condition, which has now developed into COPD due to many decades of smoking. It is effective, and as I said before: I do not ask for it when I do NOT have a cough that prevents me from sleeping.

Nevertheless, I’m treated like a drug-seeker EVERY TIME I request it in recent years, despite evidence to the contrary. And I’m not alone: MANY people who desperately NEED medications like these are being denied them under some misguided crusade to keep them out of the hands of addicts.

Believe me, if I need something, I’m not going to give or sell it to some addict on the corner… so this strategy does NOTHING to help the situation, while it hurts a multitude of good people who deserve to have their suffering alleviated.

Have you had trouble getting medications which previously you were easily able to obtain – despite showing no evidence of abuse? If so, please comment below. I’d like to hear your stories.