Category Archives: Opioid Debate

Your voice has more power than your writing

Science shows why it’s important to speak — not write — to people who disagree with you – The Washington Post – By Amy Ellis Nutt By Amy Ellis Nutt – November 27

There may be more to the phrase “the voice of reason” than meets the ear. When it comes to controversial ideas, a person’s voice is more persuasive than the written word, according to a new study.

In “The Humanizing Voice: Speech Can Reveal, and Text Conceal, The Presence of a Thoughtful Mind in The Midst of Disagreement” in a recent issue of Psychological Science, Juliana Schroeder of the University of California at Berkeley and faculty at the University of Chicago conducted several experiments exposing volunteers to ideas they agreed or disagreed with. Continue reading

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Line between street drugs and prescriptions blurred

Line between street drugs and prescriptions blurred – Nov 10, 2017 – By George Knapp (this is one of a series)

The CDC guidelines were supposed to be voluntary, but instead were enacted into law all over the country. Millions of chronic pain patients have since been cut off from medication, while overdose deaths continue to rise.

The line between street drugs and prescription medications has been blurred, as if on purpose. Now, all drug deaths get blamed on opioids.  

I’m glad to hear someone is finally publicly talking about this deliberate deception upon which all the opioid restrictions are based. Continue reading

Is Suicide a Consequence of the CDC Opioid Guideline?

Is Suicide a Consequence of the CDC Opioid Guideline? – Pain Medicine News – AUGUST 11, 2016 – By Lynn R. Webster, MD

The law of unintended consequences states that the actions of people, and especially of governments, always have effects that are unanticipated, as when legislation and regulation aimed at righting a problem go wrong in other ways

An example may be the guideline issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discouraging the use of opioids in treating chronic pain, excluding cancer and end of life(Unintended consequences. http://tinyurl.com/?8p8g)

The guideline was not intended to be mandatory;

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Rx down & OD deaths up – CDC in Denial

Opioid Crisis Continues to Pressure Physicians, But Patients Bear the Pain – Pain Medicine News – NOVEMBER 7, 2017 – by David C. Holzman

The efforts to crack down on opioids are coming to a head. As a result, patients are hurting—literally.

Payors and legislators are limiting physicians’ ability to prescribe, said Joseph Ranieri, DO, an addiction medicine and pain specialist who is medical director of Seabrook House, in Newell, N.J.

Moreover, even where rules are absent, the specter of monitoring has many physicians caught between protecting their practices and protecting their patient.   Continue reading

The Opioid Crackdown: Have We Gone Too Far? (Part II)

The Opioid Crackdown: Have We Gone Too Far? Part II – November 15, 2017 – by Anne Fletcher

Common misconceptions and misinformation have fueled near hysteria about the so-called opioid “epidemic,” fed what’s been called a “civil war” within the medical profession, and downplayed concerns about other major drug problems.

Furthermore, misinterpretation of the widely followed 2016 “CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain – with its 12 “recommendations” for “determining when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain” – has left some chronic pain patients feeling defenseless against their agony.   Continue reading

Government disrupting doctor-patient relationship

COMMENTARY: Opioid ‘crisis’ leading government to disrupt doctor-patient relationship – Las Vegas Review-Journal – By Josh Bloom Special to the Review-Journal – November 11, 2017

Of the many horrors that are being inflicted upon this country by opioid drugs, perhaps none is worse than one that is not making headlines.

Federal and state agencies have inserted themselves into the doctor-patient relationship like never before.

Our government is taking prescription pads out of the hands of physicians and dictating what drugs, doses and the number of pain medications that they may prescribe for their patients. This is a chilling precedent.   Continue reading

The Opioid Crackdown: Have We Gone Too Far? (Part III)

The Opioid Crackdown: Have We Gone Too Far? Part III – November 21, 2017 – by Anne Fletcher 

Part three of this series examines what happens when government guidelines and recommendations such those in as the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain are used to make rules and regulations about medications that leave little or no room for physicians’ discretion and individual patient needs.

How does this impact people who depend on these medications to avoid suffering and have a decent quality of life?   Continue reading

The Opioid Crackdown: Have We Gone Too Far? (Part I)

The Opioid Crackdown: Have We Gone Too Far? (Part I) – October 26, 2017 – by Anne Fletcher

As someone who’s lived with chronic back pain for decades, I’m not unbiased about this matter.

After trying yoga, (and still using) physical therapy, chiropractic, a back brace, mindfulness, my pain has gotten worse. (See my article, “Alternatives to Opioids For Chronic Pain.”)

Over the past five years, I’ve developed severe scoliosis, worsening degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis, plus various . Multiple procedures at a pain management clinic – from steroid injections to numerous radiofrequency neuroablation procedures – have offered limited and temporary relief.   Continue reading

Prescribed Painkillers Didn’t Cause the Opioid Crisis

Prescribed Painkillers Didn’t Cause the Opioid Crisis – Maia Szalavitz – Jun 20 2017,

People who need pain meds aren’t usually the ones who get addicted.

The research actually shows that people who developed new addictions in recent years were overwhelmingly not pain patients.

Instead, they were mainly friends, relatives, and others to whom those pills were diverted—typically young people.  Continue reading