Last night in my Communication class in college I was talking with my one of my classmates who was explaining to me about her chronic pain from a car wreck she had. She told me that a good pain medication will not make a hurting person loopy or high but merely help control the pain. But If the same medication is given to a non-hurting person it will make them loopy or high. She also told me it is a function of the loopy and high feeling from the drugs that leads to addiction.
She went on to say that in some cases to control her pain she has been prescribed to take doses for up to a 300 pound male, and they care givers (this was when she in the hospital after her wreck) were asking why she was not asleep or knocked out.
The extent of my pain med knowledge is how lortab 7.5 affects me. But I did not pain extremely attention to detail while I was on it. However I did notice that it did not knock me when I did have pain. But when I took one after pain was gone I did experience the loopy-ness and high that people have talked about.
I hope some of you all can shed some light on this. I really would like to understand more about these drugs.