January 15, 2012 in Letters, Opinion

Seniors need their meds


I was really upset when I read my morning paper. In the same column, it stated marijuana was to be sold freely and the medication I so desperately need is going to be hard for me to get. I’m 80 years old and have very painful back pain and arthritis in my shoulders. I take 10 milligrams of hydrocodone every four hours. This treatment helps me stay on my feet and take care of myself and my 90-year-old husband of 64 years.

I get real tired of people telling seniors that we won’t be able to relieve our pain. There are millions of people taking pain meds that don’t overdose. Instead of 30- to 50-year-old people trying to curb our pain relief, stop all other drugs that cause assaults on children and women. What makes you think taking seniors’ pain-relief medications away will keep others from getting them illegally and overdosing?

Elaine Elliott


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