There are many reasons that we find ourselves in this mess with regards to the opioid crisis in this country. This song explores just a few of them. But blaming the victims, ignoring those with chronic pain, and stigmatizing addiction as a moral failing are the WRONG answers.
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I first dropped a demo of this LIVE on Facebook, check it out below!
A parody of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself.”
Lyrics and performance by ZDoggMD.
Audio engineering by the legendary Devin Moore.
Directed by Tom Hinueber.
Director of Photography was Logan Stewart.
Shot on location at Turntable Health in Downtown Las Vegas.
ZDoggMD as Himself
Allison Andersen as “The Nurse Practitioner” (she’s an APRN!)
Dr. Christine Estrada as “The Administrator”
Stephanie Lapid RN as “The Nurse”
and starring Reagan Pfifer as “The Addict.”
Thanks to the whole crew at Variables of Light.
For all the times that I gave you my help
And still you turned around and dissed me on Yelp
You say you lost your pain meds, girl please what the health?
You never lose your script for lisinopril!
And I didn’t wanna write a song, cause I didn’t want anyone thinking I was breaking HIPAA
But have you heard of Prince, huh?
And maybe you should move along
Cuz I won’t be party to all this desperate drug seeking
I’d like to keep you breathing
And my nurse, she don’t like you and she likes everyone
And Big Pharma ain’t likely to admit that they were wrong
But we got so caught up treating pain, couldn’t see what’s going on
But now I know, above all we’ve been doing harm
So if you’d like that script for percocet
Then maybe you can go see someone else
And if you think you ain’t an addict yet
Then baby you should go and treat yourself
And when you told me that you rated your pain
Ten outta ten while you’re there texting your friends
And every time I told you oxycontin was wrong
I get another Press Ganey survey bomb
And I didn’t wanna write a script, but I didn’t want lawyers to say that I don’t care about pain, now where’d I put that Narcan?
And maybe Purdue Pharma’s wrong, when they pushed that everyone should be slanging all that Oxy, they honest like Bill Cosby
And this opioid crisis, is killing everyone
CMS, they ain’t likely to admit that they were wrong
Chronic pain folks are suffering
Treated like they’re criminals
But now I know
It’s time we fixed what going wrong
So if you like those HCAHPS scores so much, then maybe you should go run a hotel
And if you think that pain’s a vital sign
Then baby you should go and burn in hell
For all the times that I made you feel small
As if addiction was some character flaw
We should be treating folks when they’re so vulnerable
We’re losing lives, why can’t we break down these walls
Cuz if you’d like that script for narcs so much
Then maybe we should help you get some help
And if you think you can’t quit all alone
Then baby we can help you treat yourself