About the author

Matt is the author, co-author, secondary-author, ghost-author, and non-author of articles, speeches, book chapters, and even entire books! Next will be the bestseller "Losing My Religions." Currently, he is President of One Step for Animals; previously, he was shitcanned from more nonprofits than there is room to list here. Before Matt’s unfortunate encounter with activism, he was an aerospace engineer who wanted to work for NASA to impress Carl Sagan. His hobbies include photography, almost dying, and {REDACTED} He lives in Tucson with Anne and no dogs, no cats, and no African tortoises (although he cares for all of these).

Saturday, January 11, 2020

In Pain


In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids is a very interesting and important book. However, I would like to note that in my experience (and not going into details), having pain that isn't controlled is a significant problem (to put it mildly). Dr. Rieder makes this point to some extent in his book, but the main focus is on his withdrawal. I have, unfortunately, been on opioids a number of times (and sometimes for many many weeks) and never had any withdrawal issues. But I have had uncontrolled agony that, as I've written elsewhere, broke me and made me want to die.

This is not to diminish anyone's experience, downplay the issues of the opioid epidemic, or argue with Dr. Reider's policy proposals. I just want to make the point that many (I hope most) people don't know what devastating pain is like, and thus find it hard to take it as seriously as it should be taken.

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