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Push for drug decriminalization surges around the world

Here’s a little good news to make up for the darkness of the previous post:

A push for drug decriminalization surges in countries around the world — could the US be next? | TheHill | Aug 2018 | BY JAG DAVIES

Drug decriminalization has rapidly emerged as a mainstream political issue in Canada and several other countries, but few U.S. policymakers have embraced it so far. That could change soon.

Ending criminal penalties for drug possession, often referred to as decriminalization, means nobody gets arrested, goes to jail or prison, or faces other forms of criminal punishment simply for possessing a small amount of drugs for personal use. Continue reading

A brave high-ranking doctor says opioids help patients

Despite epidemic, doctor says opioids help patients – Aug 2018 – by Janelle Griffith  janelle.griffith@newsday.com

More doctors are starting to push back against the rampant anti-opioid fervor ignited and exacerbated by the media’s focus only on the risk of addiction, not pain relief, when using opioids.

Opioid addiction is an epidemic gripping the nation, leading to thousands of overdose deaths annually. But Dr. Kevin Zacharoff, an anesthesiologist with more than 25 years of experience in pain medicine, says opioids can also provide much-needed relief to many patients.

His 25 years of pain medicine have obviously shown him the truth and he has resisted the anti-opioid PROPaganda that has spread far and wide.   Continue reading

No reason to abandon opioids for chronic pain

Opioids for Legitimate Pain Patients, Their Needs Matter Too. – The Recover – By Shannon Werner – July 16, 2018

Finally, an article promoting opioid use where it is needed from a very unlikely source (therecover.com) and citing a review of 15 research studies that found opioids effective.

Addiction is rampant and crackdowns from the doctors limiting their prescription amounts, States are limiting the length of time patients can receive a prescription for and Medication manufacturers are even laying off their salesman with the increasing number of lawsuits they are facing every days.

So how are legitimate pain patients supposed to manage their extreme chronic discomfort within the confines of the opioid crisis limitations?   Continue reading

Work-Enabling Opioid Management

Work-Enabling Opioid Management. – PubMed – NCBI – Aug 2017

OBJECTIVE: This study describes the relationship between opioid prescribing and ability to work.

METHODS: The opioid prescription patterns of 4994 claimants were studied.

This group is certainly large enough to draw conclusions from – and the scientifically proven conclusion is what we pain patients already know…   Continue reading

Tapentadol for Some Kinds of Severe Chronic Pain

Tapentadol Extended Release in the Treatment of Severe Chronic Low Back Pain and Osteoarthritis Pain – Pain Ther. Jun 2018 – free full-text /PMC5993688/

Tapentadol is a novel pain reliever with apparently synergistic dual mechanisms of action, capable of addressing both nociceptive and neuropathic components of chronic pain.

From Wikipedia: Tapentadol (brand names: Nucynta, Palexia and Tapal) is a centrally acting opioid analgesic of the benzenoid class with a dual mode of action as an agonist of the μ-opioid receptor and as a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI). Analgesia occurs within 32 minutes of oral administration, and lasts for 4–6 hours

As an effective analgesic with good tolerability, tapentadol may be appropriate for patients suffering from severe chronic pain associated with low back pain (LBP) or osteoarthritis (OA).   Continue reading

Pain patients getting new attention from top at FDA 

Chronic pain patients, overlooked in opioid crisis, getting new attention from top at FDA – by , USA TODAY (mainstream national media!)

Chronic pain patients and the groups that represent them say the escalating government response to opioid addiction ignores their need for the painkillers and doctors who will prescribe them, leaving some out of work, bedridden and even suicidal.

Tough state laws on prescribing that took effect Sunday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dosage guidelines and state and federal charges against doctors who prescribe opioids are an overreaction to addiction, according to several dozen people with unremitting pain who contacted USA TODAY.   Continue reading

Opioid Crisis versus People With Chronic Pain

Responses to the Opioid Crisis Must Account for People Who Experience Chronic Pain – Center for American Progress – – 

“Opioids fill the news with a steady stream of stories of lives lost from overdose and abuse. Whatwe rarely hear is the other side—opioids are also the most powerful pain medication we have.”Kate Nicholson, civil rights attorney and chronic pain survivor

as policymakers at all levels of government continue to debate efforts to address opioid misuse, the basic needs of people who use opioids appropriately and rely on them to function have fallen by the wayside.

I’m thrilled to see this mentioned. This whole article is refreshingly (and amazingly) factual, reminding its readers that we who suffer unremitting pain have a legitimate need for prescription opioids.  Continue reading

Restrictive Opioid Guidelines Reversed in Canada

B.C. doctors can’t limit opioids or discriminate against pain patients – By Camille Bains – June 6, 2018

In a stunningly swift reversal, one state in Canada (British Columbia) has rejected their previous opioid-restricting guidelines modeled after the unscientific U.S. CDC Opioid Guideline.

Instead, Canada now demands doctors treat pain patients with effective medication and end the senseless torture of withholding opioids from patients that need them.

I think this is an incredibly important and wonderful development.  Continue reading

Three Doctors Supporting Pain Patients’ Concerns

Three doctors wrote comments to the Pain Mgmt Best Practices Task Force supporting pain patients’ concerns –  May 2018

Here are 3 doctors who are standing up for pain patients’ rights to opioid pain medications in this comment to the HHS Pain Mgmt Task Force:

Our core concern is that a failure to promote an appropriate understanding of chronic pain among health professionals and payers has led to devastating complications.

These include the over-prescription of [non-opioid] medications, and the overutilization of invasive procedures.   Continue reading

HHS Secretary: Don’t Forget Those Who Suffer Pain

Don’t Forget Those Who Are Suffering From Pain – June 1, 2018 – By: Alex Azar, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Adm. Brett P. Giroir, M.D., Assistant Secretary for Health

This is an encouraging note from our government official, igniting my hope that the plight of pain patients is finally being confronted.

Our nation faces a tremendous challenge in fighting an epidemic of opioid misuse. Many Americans have developed their addiction following treatment for a painful condition, and many are overdosing on prescription painkillers or illegal opioids like heroin and illicit fentanyl. In fact, it is estimated that between 60 and 75 percent of Americans who use heroin started with misusing prescription opioids…

…but not prescribed to them! That’s the critical difference being ignored.   Continue reading