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Minnesota bill allowing opioids for intractable pain

A bill for an act relating to health; changing intractable pain provisions; amending Minnesota Statues 2018 

I’m thrilled to see that one of the states that legislated some of the earliest and most extreme anti-opioid rules is now realizing that intractable chronic pain sometimes *does* require opioid medication indefinitely.

Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 152.125, is amended to read: 152.125 INTRACTABLE PAIN.

Subdivision 1. Definition.

For purposes of this section, “intractable pain” means a pain state, that includes but is not limited to noncancer pain and rare diseases, in which the cause or causes of the pain cannot be removed or otherwise treated with the consent of the patient and in which, in the generally accepted course of medical practice, no relief or cure of the cause of the pain is possible, or none has been found after reasonable efforts.   Continue reading

Opioids Have Little Effect on Cognition

The Effects of Opioids on Cognition in Older Adults With Cancer and Chronic Noncancer Pain: A Systematic ReviewOct 2019

I’m only able to access the abstract here, but it says pretty much what pain patients already know: unless we’re also taking other non-opioid medications, like Gabapentin or antidepressants, there is “no effect of opioid use on cognitive domains”.

Context

Opioids are prescribed to manage moderate-to-severe pain and can be used with older adults; however, they may lead to several adverse effects, including cognitive impairment.

This is purely conjecture since it has NOT been proven.   Continue reading

PROOF that Rx Opioids NOT Part of Overdose Crisis

This post contains the critical proof we can use to push back against the anti-opioid policies threatening our lives. It draws on public government data and scientific studies to expose the lies promulgated by anti-opioid activists to blame our prescribed opioids for all overdose deaths.

I believe it’s so significant that I’ve created a separate page for it and I’ll be showing it at the top of this blog for a while:

Misperceptions about the ‘Opioid Epidemic’ Thoroughly Debunked with Government Data & Hard Science

‘Opioid Epidemic’? Misperceptions Versus Facts

Misperceptions about the ‘Opioid Epidemic:’ Exploring the Facts July 2019Pain Management Nursing

Thank goodness for nurses! In this lengthy document, they meticulously prove that the ‘Opioid Epidemic’ is a complete fabrication, hyped by anti-opioid activists and spread into our society and even our medical system despite reams of evidence to the contrary from science and government data.

This thoroughly referenced article itemizes and thoroughly debunks the anti-opioid misperceptions (if not outright lies) that have swept through the medical profession and corrupted clear, logical thinking about the rising rate of illicit drug overdoses (not from prescribed opioids).

This is the most sensible document I’ve ever read about the so-called “opioid crisis”. Supported by numerous scientific references, it makes all the arguments we pain patient advocates have been making for years.  Continue reading

Ontario (Canada) Ends Forced Opioid Tapering

Bravo Ontario; Forced Opioid Tapering is (Mercifully) Ending | American Council on Science and Health – By Josh Bloom — January 30, 2020

Let’s hear it for Dr. Nancy Whitmore, the head of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. She has the ethics and the courage to make changes in policy that should have never been in place to begin with.

Barbaric forced tapering will no longer be permitted, and doctors and patients will make treatment plans together.

Hallelujah!! Finally, some common sense and courage in the face of the anti-opioid politics dictating medical care these days.  Continue reading

Naproxen shows anti-viral activity against flu

Pain reliever shows anti-viral activity against flu — ScienceDaily Mar 2013Source: American Society for Microbiology

This was a total surprise to me and, considering the specter of a new coronavirus spreading across the globe, I thought this information could be very useful.

New influenza vaccines must be developed annually, because the surface proteins they target mutate rapidly. The researchers found a much more stable, reliable target for anti-influenza activity.

The so-called ribonucleoprotein complexes are necessary for replication, and the researchers realized they could target the nucleoprotein, preventing assembly of the complexes. Because of its vital function, the nucleoprotein is highly conserved, making it a good potential target for antiviral drugs.   Continue reading

Chronic-pain bill aims to protect providers and patients

Chronic-pain bill aims to protect providers and patients | Health | unionleader.com – By Shawne K. Wickham New Hampshire Sunday News – Jan 2020

Finally, at least in Massachusetts, there are signs of push-back against all the inane and arbitrary opioid restrictions.

Senate Bill 546 calls for providers to “administer care sufficient to treat a patient’s chronic pain based on ongoing, objective evaluations of the patient without fear of reprimand or discipline.”

It also states that patient care and prescribing of medication, including opioid painkillers, should not be dictated by “pre-determined” guidelines.

This kind of logical reasoning is far too rare these days, but I take it as a hopeful sign that some folks are starting to wake up to the facts – facts that have been successfully buried by all the media-hype based on endlessly repeated PROPaganda.  Continue reading

EDS, HSD More Prevalent Than Previously Thought

EDS, HSD More Prevalent Than Previously Thought in UK, Study Finds – by Joana Carvalho, MSc – Jan 2020

The rare disease status of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD) should be re-evaluated, as both conditions seem to be more prevalent than previously thought, a U.K. study suggests.

A nationwide Danish cohort study [2017] had reported that EDS, a connective tissue disorder, affects 20 per 100,000 people, an incidence that falls within the scope of a rare disease according to European Union standards (less than 50 cases in 100,000 people).

However, scientists are now convinced that the prevalence of EDS and HSD could be much higher than previously thought, because many patients are initially misdiagnosed, which can skew the estimations of disease prevalence.   Continue reading

Guidelines should allow for individual decisions

National Academies outlines new guidelines for opioid prescribing – By Andrew Joseph @DrewQJosephDec 2019

 A new report issued Thursday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine outlines a framework for prescribers and others to develop their own plans for acute pain, without offering any direct recommendations itself. 

Here is finally a sensible “guideline” that essentially says to ignore specific “rules” and work with individual patients to find what works best for them.

But I expect the simplistic anti-opioid rules fabricated by non-medical “experts” will continue to override any thoughtful guidance from respected scientific groups like the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

After all, what could scientists possibly know that PROPagandists don’t?   Continue reading

Most People Don’t Feel Euphoric From Opioids

Most People Don’t Actually Feel Euphoric When They Take Opioids, Study Finds | Live Science – By Nicoletta Lanese – Staff WriterOct 2019

Finally, someone is willing to state the truth, one that goes against all the rabidly anti-opioid media hype:

Opioids jump-start the brain’s reward system, provoking a burst of pleasurable feelings along with a dizzying drug-induced high. At least that’s what scientists used to think.

But mounting research suggests that the average person doesn’t actually reach this euphoric state on opioids, particularly not the first time they try it.  

Yet, this is exactly the kind of research that is not getting funded these days.   Continue reading