Diversion is often just patients who are most likely to be considered human beings in a Doctor's office- white, financially stable, employed, privately insured, cis, abled, preferably male- keeping their loved ones alive bc the medical system refuses to do so. We keep us safe.
Poor & marginalized ppl often have no choice but to stay alive, stay stable & functioning, off of the good will of people higher up on the socioeconomic ladder. You're uninsured or can't access effective treatment, so you covertly beg for help & hope that someone steps up for you
Rx drug diversion is almost certainly saving lives right now. The issues ppl seek drugs for- pain, ADHD- don't disappear if left untreated. Ppl are saving lives by diverting rx opioids, stimulants, even antidepressants to loved ones, instead of leaving them to seek illicit drugs
The antidepressant shuffle seems to be by far the most common. That's just a reality of poor and working class life in a for-profit healthcare system. Somebody is not going to be able to afford or access the antidepressants they need, so there's a whisper campaign to help them
Stimulants & opioids are heavily stigmatized & controlled, but are essential meds for millions of ppl. If you're deemed "worthy" (preferably a white financially stable cis man) you're much more likely to have access to meds than poor & marginalized ppl w the same health condition
If you're one of the ppl who can access meds, if doctors consider you trustworthy even with the Bad Drugs, you may still have people in your life who- despite having the same condition- can't get the same treatment. Diverting can save them when nobody else can be bothered to help
I'm sure some diversion still exists for drug dealing, tho frankly it doesn't seem worth the effort unless you have a Dr on payroll. But I'd bet that for most ppl who have known about/participated in a diversion the drug went to someone in need & was most likely an antidepressant
This is that thing pain patients, ADHD patients, people who use drugs keep shouting about: If a person's need is great enough, they'll find a way to meet it. It can either happen in a safer way w medical supervision, or it can happen in a potentially deadly way w illicit drugs
Diversion is a stop-gap between getting medicated legally in a doctor's office, and self-medicating via illicit substances of unknown purity & potency. Diversion keeps ppl in the relative safety of a regulated drug, instead of rolling the dice on illicit drugs that may kill them

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In retrospect getting impatient waiting for a taxi (an hour late when I left) & being so restless/uncomfortable that I walked nearly 3 miles home w a raging kidney infection, was prolly impulsivity? Usually anxiety steps up to stop impulsive me, but I just didn't care last night
I was mad abt the taxi, mad my partner insisted I go last night instead of going today (he was trying to help, I was in bad shape). I think the meltdown circuit got activated & adrenaline was like "fuck it, I'll get you home." I might've had other options, but didn't think abt it
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Although it feels like the moment I was diagnosed w bipolar (in a low-income clinic, rarely seeing the same disinterested provider twice) I became a "drug-seeker" regardless. I had been getting 30 5mg pain pills a month, that's when I got cut off, didn't put it together til now..
And at the time that was totally fine, I didn't argue, my pain from the initial back injury was finally improving, so makes sense. But then a few years later the undiagnosed endometriosis pain intensified. I was working a low wage job, made like $100 too much a month for Medicaid
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I'd add that even if a person is using daily they may not need substance use disorder treatment. A person who uses opioids may be managing untreated chronic pain. Someone using meth may not be able to access ADHD medication. One-size-fits-all treatment is a poor fit for many PWUD
If a person has chronic pain that doesn't respond to ibuprofen, they luck into finding a safe supply of heroin or Rx opioids, they use a dose comparable to prescribed doses, their QoL improves, and they aren't using compulsively, how does that person benefit from SUD treatment?
If an ADHD patient can't access meds in a doctor's office but they can buy Adderall, they take it as if prescribed, they aren't using compulsively, and their life improves, how would that person benefit from SUD treatment? Their issue isn't SUD, it's untreated ADHD
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I'm tired of showing up in a doctor's office, being polite, respectful, courteous, bringing as much info to the table as I can, getting minimal response from the provider, crying (bc medical PTSD) & then getting a lecture about my attitude & how treatment is a partnership
One time I showed up at an appointment with a list of topics and questions so I wouldn't start rambling and forget what I needed to talk about. The doctor laughed when I pulled it out, and warned me about Dr. Google. So maybe I'm not the one who needs reminding about partnership
That guy then proceeded to sell me 5 Epidural Steroid Injections, tell me there was no risk bc he's "very good," and then when I asked about diagnosis- the thing I was really desperate for- he said "oh don't worry about it" like it wasn't critical to my mental & physical health
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I managed to avoid substance use disorder somehow, but goddamn I understand why my dad (who I suspect had ADHD as well) drank so much. Yeah, of course he did, ADHD is torture sometimes. NTs or ppl who were treated young tend to think it's harmless, but it can ruin your life
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You can tell that white, wealthy people are the majority of ADHDers who actually manage to get diagnosed and treated by how often you see "get a maid/hire a housecleaner" in ADHD advice articles. Ma'am I do not have money, on account of the severe, untreated ADHD
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