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LETTERS: Send letters to the editor to olivia.barnes@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

No pain, no pills

Emotional and physical pain are both abstract concepts.

They vary with the individual and the situation.

Physical pain is certainly an indicator of an individual physical condition.

The medical profession has attempted to set a patient level of pain by referring to the famous pain scale where patients are encouraged to rate their level of pain from 0 (no pain) to 10 (excruciating pain).

Of course, addicted individual will always exaggerate the pain begging for more pain killer drugs.

Lately data shows that prescription opiate deaths have risen alarmingly.

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) declared ‘prescription drugs addiction ‘a national emergency’. Prescription drugs cause the highest numbers of drugs induced deaths.

However, while in hospital, I found that I had difficulty convincing the medical profession that I had no need for pain killers.

They looked at me suspiciously.

The medical staff were very good and competent in their profession but when I told them that the pain was bearable and actually not too bad, they came back with strong pain killers. 

Back home, I mentioned this to a friend, she laughed and told me that the same thing happened to her.

The medics asked her about the pain, she had no pain so she answered ‘zero’.

They didn't believe her either so here comes the pain killers because ‘you shall have no pain!’.

I believe that according to a patient situation the medics have learnt that a certain amount of pain is expected and their response to it has already been programmed in their textbooks.

Their duty is to eradicate any pain.

The patient's opinion becomes irrelevant.

JOSETTE DI DONNA

Port Lincoln

Learn from others

The current government shut down in America provides a perfect learning opportunity for local, state and federal governments in Australia.

With the Australian Debt Clock, showing that the combined debt of federal, state and local governments across Australia totalled $842.38 billion at 7am on Sunday, January 6, it is obvious they are having extreme difficulty with budgeting, revenue and expenditure.

By closely examining the impact of the American government shutdown, our governments will be able to clearly identify those departments and services, which we can actually survive without.

Government ministers, department heads and all government employees must treat our hard earned tax dollars with a greater level of respect, and ensure that all spending is judicious and targeted, in order to provide essential services and prioritised needs.

Let's hope that they make the most of this occasion and learn from it.

IAN MACGOWAN

Ceduna

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