who should I be madder at?

The people sliding from chronic pain
into addiction
a slippery slope
steeper over time, they try to claw
their way back, eyes wide panicked
or tightly closed, in denial
I only know from the urines
sent out, returning
alcohol, dilaudid, methamphetamines, kratom
not me not me not me they say
someone is trying to poison me
my father gave it to me
I had no idea it was cocaine when I snorted it
it's not true

or the chronic pain physicians
in their ivory tower
confident talk down
they say my county is a hot bed of addiction
THEY gave the program on kratom
THEY have never tested anyone
THEY never even ask
don't ask don't tell
the primary care doctor
lowly rural rare as hen's teeth
the primary care doctor should have picked that up
where they say did you get the morphine dose equivalent for kratom
from YOUR presentation I say
(too bad YOU weren't listening)
tell us why you use telemedicine
tell us (how great we are, how much we help)
I sit silent
thinking that mostly I use telemedicine
to keep my patients out of the clutches of pain specialists
who put them on methadone
and make them worse

Worse (?), a., compar. of Bad. [OE. werse, worse, wurse, AS. wiersa, wyrsa, a comparative with no corresponding positive; akin to OS. wirsa, OFries. wirra, OHG. wirsiro, Icel. verri, Sw. varre, Dan. varre, Goth. wa�xa1;rsiza, and probably to OHG. werran to bring into confusion, E. war, and L. verrere to sweep, sweep along. As bad has no comparative and superlative, worse and worst are used in lieu of them, although etymologically they have no relation to bad.]

Bad, ill, evil, or corrupt, in a greater degree; more bad or evil; less good; specifically, in poorer health; more sick; -- used both in a physical and moral sense.

Or worse, if men worse can devise. Chaucer.

[She] was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. Mark v. 26.

Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse. 2 Tim. iii. 13.

There are men who seem to believe they are not bad while another can be found worse. Rambler.

"But I love him." "Love him? Worse and worse." Gay.


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Worse, n.


Loss; disadvantage; defeat.

"Judah was put to the worse before Israel."

Kings xiv. 12.


That which is worse; something less good; as, think not the worse of him for his enterprise.


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Worse, adv. [AS. wiers, wyrs; akin to OS. & OHG. wirs, Icel. verr, Goth, wa�xa1;rs; a comparative adverb with no corresponding positive. See Worse, a.]

In a worse degree; in a manner more evil or bad.

Now will we deal worse with thee than with them. Gen. xix. 9.


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Worse, v. t. [OE. wursien, AS. wyrsian to become worse.]

To make worse; to put disadvantage; to discomfit; to worst. See Worst, v.

Weapons more violent, when next we meet, May serve to better us and worse our foes. Milton.


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