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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
“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 →
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 →