Oregon Drops Opioid Tapering Plan — Pain News Network – by Pat Anson – May 17, 2019
Thank goodness a bit of sanity has prevailed. I have little to add right now – you can read the full article here.
An Oregon health panel has tabled a controversial plan that would have forced tens of thousands of Medicaid patients with neck and back pain to stop taking opioid medication.
The Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) voted unanimously to wait for additional studies to be completed later this year, which effectively delays any change in medical coverage under the Oregon Health Plan until 2022. Continue reading
Too Little, Too Late: US Government Backtracks on Opioid Discontinuation
Thousands of patients have been dispassionately forced into tapering their opioids, often inappropriately, due to fear from regulatory agencies following initiation of the 2016 CDC Guideline on Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.
In addition to unnecessary suffering, this has resulted in opioid withdrawal due to due either rapid or misguided or inexperienced taper regimens.
The sad irony here is that three years later, the FDA is saying exactly what nationally recognized pain experts have been saying all along. Continue reading
CDC Director Says Agency Will ‘Clarify’ Opioid Guideline – April 11, 2019 – By Pat Anson – Apr 2019
CDC Director Robert Redfield, MD, has for the first time suggested that his agency may be preparing to make changes to its controversial opioid prescribing guideline.
“The Guideline does not endorse mandated or abrupt dose reduction or discontinuation, as these actions can result in patient harm,” Redfield said in his letter, which was released a day after the FDA warning. “The Guideline includes recommendations for clinicians to work with patients to taper or reduce dosage only when patient harm outweighs patient benefit of opioid therapy.”
I cannot understand why the CDC remained silent so long (almost exactly 3 years). They knew about the harm and suicides of patients yanked off their opioid therapy, they knew it was being used to make laws, they knew many doctors were quitting pain management… yet they said not one word until now. Continue reading
Prescription Drugs Aren’t to Blame for Rise in Addiction Deaths – Bloomberg – By Ramesh Ponnuru – Mar2019
I’m thrilled to see the true fact about the opioid issue prominent in the headline of a mainstream media publication – especially one directed at financial professionals.
“Patients in pain have become collateral damage in the war on opioids.”
Seeing this fact, which is so often voiced by pain patients, simply stated in this article gives me hope that the public will start to realize that opioids are sometimes very needed and not some sort of “evil” substance that “causes addiction”. Continue reading
Limiting opioid prescriptions will do little to reduce overdose deaths, study says – by Felice J. Freyer Globe Staff February 01, 2019
This article is about a very important, and for us very encouraging, new JAMA study that just came out showing that prescription limits barely reduce overdoses. We pain patients have known this all along, but when it’s officially researched and published it will be taken more seriously.
The anti-opioid zealots will try to explain away its findings, but it will be a piece of hard evidence that saner minds can use to push back against these ridiculously ineffective prescription opioid limits.
When the death toll from opioid overdoses began to soar a few years ago… Policy makers naturally sought to put a lid on opioid prescribing.
But a study published Friday in JAMA Network Open finds that reducing opioid prescriptions will have little effect on the death rate over the next few years, now that the epidemic is dominated by heroin and illicit fentanyl. Continue reading
The Other Side of Opioids – YouTube
Here is a mainstream media outlet that’s bucking the opioid BS trend and reporting the truth about our desperate situation – which has nothing to do with the rising rates of overdose deaths from opioids or anything else people can get their hands on.
LAS VEGAS – Nightly newscasts across the country are filled with stories about the opioid epidemic — the opioid crisis. Tens of thousands of Americans who die each year are found with opioids in …
This 45 minute video is a year old and has received 175,000 downloads. It is still current and very pertinent, as the HHS Task Force on Best Practices in Pain Management draws together its recommendations to Congress.
It’s wonderful to see that our story is reaching so many people. I just hope they’re not all other pain patients, but perhaps people that might never have seen this other “painful” side of the supposed “opioid crisis”. Continue reading
Fox Part II I Doctors caught between struggling opioid patients and crackdown on prescriptions – By Elizabeth Llorente | Fox News
Dr. Stephen Nadeau received a warning from the Gainesville, Fla., hospital where he worked. Their policy on prescribing opioids was changing, to go beyond federal guidelines aimed at the national overdose crisis that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
The hospital would stop treating pain with opioids.
That’s like a hospital deciding it would stop treating infections with antibiotics! Sure, not all people need them, but in some situations, it’s by far the best choice. Continue reading
National Spotlight: Congressional Briefing, and Advocacy for Patient-Centered Research and Pain Care – Beth Darnall, PhD – Oct 2018
This is significant because Dr. Darnall was the main proponent of the “catastrophizing is causing your pain” movement. This idea is exactly what the anti-opioid zealots needed to blame patients for their own pain.
This idea became so widespread that most of the public, and even far too many doctors, believed that changing patients’ “bad attitude” was the only treatment necessary for pain management.
Though I think it took far longer than it should have, Dr. Darnall now seems to have realized that her studies were grossly misinterpreted (and outright weaponized) to prove the preposterous idea that opioids are not necessary to treat chronic pain.
To her great credit, she is now fighting against the very misconceptions that her previous work encouraged. Continue reading
Pain Experts Speak Out Against Forced Opioid Tapering – Pain Medicine News – Dec 2018
The tone of this article is very pain-patient-centric and finally shows sympathy for our plight.
Appearing in a mainstream medical newsletter will give our cause far more visibility than what we publish on sites devoted to our cause, so I feel this is a positive sign that the media narrative is starting to shift.
I believe we’ll be seeing less of the outdated and outright wrong “innocent people getting hooked on prescription opioids” stories to more stories about Rx opioids denied to pain patients while others overdose on injected illicit opioids freely available on the black market. Continue reading
While we’ve been thrown under the bus by most doctors, a few brave souls have been protesting since the unscientific and anti-opioid biased CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines were issued.
Each year, more doctors are speaking up and our medical professional advocates are publishing more and more studies poking holes in the guideline’s methodology and assumptions.
Below, I’ve listed these papers and articles in reverse chronological order so you can see the groundswell of opposition from medical experts (not self-appointed gurus) growing louder each year: Continue reading