Residual aches and pains and such have depleted approximately 60 percent of my stockpile of opioids mostly this stuff in the past several months. I have not asked for another prescription, and don’t plan to unless something starts hurting on the grand scale.
Most of the, um, collection was obtained as a byproduct of dental work: the dentist prescribes me ten, I take one or two over the next day, and the rest go into cold storage. Then again, last time I had serious dental work a wisdom tooth pulled back in December I blew off the prescription, and one I had sitting around from February for 10 Lortab I sent to the shredder, though unlike some states, Oklahoma doesn’t seem to have a rule that says the prescription must be filled in X number of days or it’s invalid.
That said, maybe I’m better off without them, and for reasons other than the usual Fear of Addiction:
Opioids can upregulate the virulence of bad bacteria. Also, in the presence of opioids, bad bacteria secrete factors which kill off the good bacteria. Maybe we should all have second thoughts about getting that morphine at the hospital.
Given my tendency toward OCD, you may be sure that strict stock-rotation rules were observed: older tablets and/or capsules were taken before those more recently prescribed. I note with some curiosity that most of what remains in reserve is Schedule IV-level stuff; most of what I’ve already taken was on Schedule II. Fewer potential questions, I suppose.