Cancer patients and their pain medication specialists were evaluated to see what the effects of pain medication were regarding later addiction to these medications. Pain medications are often opiates or cannabinoid drugs which create euphoric feelings of pleasure to mask the intense and often long and drawn out pain of cancer patients. This pain is both due to the cancer itself and it can be due to treatment or chemicals administered to the patient to kill or eliminate the cancer. In either case, having and maintaining a positive attitude is universally considered by both physicians and patients as the number one likelihood that a cure for their cancer will be received. Pain treatment is not only a lawful and recommended form of keeping a good lifestyle during cancer and treatment for cancer, but it is also part of retaining this positive mentality which can be so healing for the mind and body. Both legal pharmaceuticals and illegal euphoric drugs are often used by cancer patients to assist them in pain management and in retaining a lifestyle similar to the one they had before the cancer arrived. Both illegal drugs and legal pharmaceuticals can be abused while on the jobsite or during employment to such an extent that work tasks are not carried out appropriately.
Cancer is a terrible disease and it must be stated that the author of this article commiserates wholeheartedly with the toll that this disease can take upon the cancer patient themselves, and upon their close friends and family members. The reality of this disease can eat away at the happiness in and around the home of the cancer patient. It will seem as if the whole world is revolving around this sickness and any escape whatsoever, be it positive or negative, will be seen as good. This is why drug abuse is a very real possibility for cancer patients. Although employees may be receiving treatment for their condition which involves use of pain medication, it is still recommended that they be tested for abnormal amounts of inappropriate drugs in their systems. We want everyone, including the patient, to remain safe. Call CMM Technology to ask more about employee drug and alcohol screening equipment: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.