Stop Calling it an Opioid Crisis–It’s a Heroin and Fentanyl Crisis – January 9, 2018 – By JEFFREY A. SINGER
The National Center for Health Statistics reported last month that a record 63,600 deaths occurred in 2016 due to overdoses. Digging deeper into that number shows
- over 20,000 of those deaths were due to the powerful drug fentanyl,
- more than 15,000 were caused by heroin, and
- roughly 14,500 were caused by prescription opioids,
although it has been known for years that, in most cases of prescription opioid deaths, the victims had multiple other potentiating drugs onboard. Continue reading
Commentary: Don’t let the War on Drugs lead to untreated pain – The Salt Lake Tribune – Dec 23017 – By Perry G. Fine
“Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself.”
— Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965
If you’ve experienced excruciating and unremitting pain, or felt helpless observing someone else in the throes of such torment, you know exactly what Dr. Schweitzer was talking about.
Pain is the alarm that tells us something is wrong. It is the main reason people seek medical care.
When that alarm doesn’t turn off, such as with cancer, arthritis or especially with abnormal “short-circuiting” of the nervous system, soul-crushing despair takes over. Continue reading
New CVS Opioid Policy Raises Concerns Over Prescription Limits, Nonmedical Switching – Sept 2017 – Donald M. Pizzi
CVS Caremark’s announcement that it is adopting an “enhanced opioid utilization management policy” in early 2018 (see Public-Health Experts Are Skeptical of the CDC’s New Anti-Opioid Campaign) has some in the pain community concerned that the pharmacy chain is dictating medical [care] to and potentially taking important medication options away from those who need them.
Chief among its features is a seven-day limit on the opioid medications it dispenses “for certain acute prescriptions for patients who are new to therapy.”
Remember, this 7-day limit is only for *new* prescriptions and does not apply to long-term prescriptions for chronic pain. Continue reading
Let’s Stop the Hysterical Rhetoric about the Opioid Crisis | Cato Institute
This is an exceptional article because of 1) the reasonable tone and rational thinking it exhibits about opioids, and 2) where it appears: in the Cato Institute, which is an American libertarian think tank.
The point is, millions of Americans have genuine, medically necessary reasons to be taking opioids.
They make up the vast majority of opioid users and it doesn’t make sense to lump them into the opioid crisis. And opioid use itself, for medical purposes or otherwise, is indeed decreasing. Continue reading
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Ask for the medical malpractice department.
Refer to chronic pain patient class action and tell your story. Continue reading
Yes, people can die from opiate withdrawal – Wiley Online Library -Shane Darke, Sarah Larney, Michael Farrell – Aug 2016
It is generally thought that opiate withdrawal is unpleasant but not life-threatening, but death can, and does, occur. The complications of withdrawal are often underestimated and monitored inadequately.
Death is an uncommon, but catastrophic, outcome of opioid withdrawal.
So, why do so many doctors believe that simply discharging a pain patient, whether out of fear of the DEA or even for lack of compliance, causes no harm? Continue reading
“The lack of pain treatment medicine is both perplexing and inexcusable.
Pain causes terrible suffering yet the medications to treat it are cheap, safe, effective and generally straightforward to administer.”
Access to pain treatment as a human right | BMC Med. 2010
Almost five decades ago, governments around the world adopted the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which, in addition to addressing the control of illicit narcotics, obligated countries to work towards universal access to the narcotic drugs necessary to alleviate pain and suffering. Continue reading
The BMJ (British Medical Journal) is advocating AGAINST the drug-war!
I found this so hard believe that I had to double and triple-check that I was really looking at the respected medical journal and not some fake site.
Instead, the Journal is documenting and publicizing the collateral damage of America’s globally-enforced prohibition of any and all mind-altering drugs (except alcohol and nicotine) in the face of mounting evidence of harm.
Such a sensible viewpoint/suggestion would never be published in the mainstream American medical journals – there’s way too much money being made from prohibition (by selling drugs, selling drug-tests, selling prison cells, selling recovery, selling pain patients to recovery by relabeling them as addicts, and selling out both pain patients and people with addiction to make a buck), Continue reading
Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers: The DEA’s War on Prescription Painkillers – by Ronald T. Libby – from the Cato Institute’s publication: Policy Analysis – June 2005
It was only in the late 1980s that leading physicians trained in treating the chronic pain of terminally ill cancer patients began to recommend that the “opioid therapy” (treatment involving narcotics related to opium) used on their patients also be used for patients suffering from nonterminal conditions.
The new therapies proved successful, and prescription pain medications saw a huge leap in sales throughout the 1990s. Continue reading
New Survey Finds That Flawed Perceptions Are Making Our Drug Crisis Worse 2/1/2017
Fully 61 percent of voters believe that their state and local governments are not doing enough in response to drug abuse and addiction. Yet, there are fiscal constraints on any alternative strategies to end the drug crisis, with 51 percent believing state and local governments are in fact spending effectively, making it difficult to propose any new initiatives to tackle the drug crisis.
In many cases, drug abuse services involve all branches of government today, yet these programs suffer from a lack of a coherent strategy and may be perceived to be ineffective as a result.
They are not only perceived to be ineffective, they ARE ineffective.
The government has been caught lying repeatedly to bolster the expensive and failing/failed drug war, so has sacrificed the moral high ground for drug raids and incarceration. Continue reading