R.I. bill excludes chronic pain from Rx guidelines

Rep. Amore bill that excludes chronic intractable pain from medication prescribing guidelines passed by House – Press release – June 2019

Finally, a state government (which does have the authority to regulate medical practice, unlike the federal government) is proposing a bill to allow chronic intractable pain patients to continue taking opioids if they are the only effective treatment.

This legislation is remarkably reasonable, realistic, and would be a huge relief to pain patients.

Rep. Gregg Amore’s (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) legislation (2019-H 5434A) that would exclude chronic intractable pain from the definition of “acute pain management” for the purposes of prescribing opioid medication was passed by the House of Representatives.  

We want to make sure that our public policy in regard to addressing the opioid crisis does not have the unintended consequence of hurting patients who are trying to manage chronic pain.

These patients are not addicts, they are suffering with pain associated with cancer, palliative care, and in many cases, chronic intractable pain.

Hurray, someone in authority is stating the truth!

We need to let physicians determine how best to manage their patients’ pain,” said Representative Amore.

Hasn’t this always been the way medical care functioned? It used to be practiced between a specific doctor and an individual patient, not ruled by government standards.

Chronic intractable pain is defined as pain that is excruciating, constant, incurable, and of such severity that it dominates virtually every conscious moment.  It also produces mental and physical debilitation and may produce a desire to commit suicide for the sole purpose of stopping the pain.

The bill calls for new guidelines for the treatment of chronic intractable pain be based upon the consideration of the individualized needs of patients suffering from chronic intractable pain.

The legislation acknowledges that every patient and their needs is different, especially those suffering from chronic pain.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Let’s hope the anti-opioid zealots don’t find a way to sink this bill.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401)222-6124

3 thoughts on “R.I. bill excludes chronic pain from Rx guidelines

  1. Kathy C

    It is about time at least one state is coming to their senses. It is too late for so many people in my state. Not one of the CDC “expert’s considered the unintended consequences. We can at least console ourselves with the knowledge that a lot of unscrupulous and sleazy people made money. The fact that people’s lives were ruined, and pain patients were further isolated, stigmatized and demeaned, and committed suicide, was not even a concern for the zealots.

    Pain psychologists working for the various industries that profited from the epidemic of despair created a nice profitable niche for themselves. There will always be a market for denial and magical thinking. 22 years out and we have had no meaningful research into the causes of chronic pain, or the devastating effects of Market Driven Healthcare.

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