“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
Every 25 seconds: The human toll of criminalising drug use in the United States
The destructive and expensive= drug-war has now been turned on pain patients.
Every 25 seconds in the United States, someone is arrested for the simple act of possessing drugs for their personal use.
Around the country, police make more arrests for drug possession than for any other crime.
More than one of every nine arrests by state law enforcement is for drug possession, amounting to more than 1.25 million arrests each year. Continue reading
The war on drugs has failed: doctors should lead calls for drug policy reform – BMJ – Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, Richard Hurley, features and debates editor – Published 14 November 2016
Evidence and ethics should inform policies that
promote health and respect dignity
People have always consumed psychoactive substances, risking harm.1 2
A quarter of a billion adults—one in 20 worldwide—took an illegal drug such as cannabis, cocaine, or heroin in 2014.3 Continue reading
How to Figure Out If Your Drug Use Is Really a Problem? | TheInfluence | May 31st, 2016
Drug use has been a part of human experience for thousands of years, across every known culture.
But for many of us, it’s still surprising to learn that only a small fraction of people who use even “hard” drugs like heroin or methamphetamine—according to US government data, for example, or the United Nations—become addicted.
But the War on Drugs has caused more damage than drugs themselves ever could. Continue reading
How the War on Opioids Affects my Health by Britt J Johnson October 27, 2016
Managing my pain
I use opioids as a tool to manage my daily chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis. I have lived with this pain for 24 of my 31 years.
And there is no end in sight for me.
For those of us with pain caused by genetic defects (like Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), our pain will only end with our death. Continue reading
Three Charts That Show We Shouldn’t Focus Only on Heroin and Painkillers | TheInfluence
The growing number of opioid-related fatalities in the US has seen this particular class of drug grab headlines and politicians’ attention, from Obama on down.
But deaths related to other categories of drug have simultaneously been rising and should not be overlooked
- cocaine (both power and crack)
- benzodiazepines (including commonly prescribed sedatives and anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Klonipin and Valium) and
- stimulants (including the likes of methamphetamine but not, here, cocaine). Continue reading
3 Reasons the New CDC Guidelines May Contribute to the Cost of Addiction – The Painful Truth – September 16, 2016 by
In the September 13 issue ofVice, Maia Szalavitz challenges the myth that the U.S. can solve the opioid crisis by reducing the supply.
Dr. Stephen Martin, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School says, “What has happened to pain patients and their doctors since the new CDC guidelines dropped has been ‘chilling.’ ”
The situation since then certainly has been chilling. In fact, it has become downright frigid, and the people who are suffering the most are the people who can least afford to: those with chronic pain.
Dogmatic Use of the CDC Guidelines