Indoor transmission of SARS-CoV-2 – from medRxiv preprint server – Apr 2020
Finally, they’ve studied and validated what has always seemed obvious and logical to me: of course, a disease will spread more easily in a confined indoor area than out in the open!
Yet, our officials cooped us up in crowded indoor spaces even though that’s where you’re most likely to get infected from the prolonged close contact. This practically guaranteed that everyone would get sick if any single household member got sick.
Still, I was in favor of the lockdown as a desperate measure to buy us time to start research, craft policies to mitigate harm, and prepare our healthcare infrastructure for the predicted surge of patients needing intensive care.
But that didn’t happen… Continue reading
Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Planet Money – By Chana Joffe-Walt – March 2013
This may seem like a strange article to post for someone who’s on disability themselves. However, I know there are many, many people out there scamming our disability system, sometimes for eye-popping amounts.
- Scammers are the ones that give the impression that helping supposedly disabled people is a pointless waste of money.
- Scammers are the ones that will cause the system to go bankrupt.
- Scammer are the ones who cause our own painful conditions to be doubted and denied (for both disability and opioid treatment).
Yet we are the ones who have to shoulder the blame because we’re accused of being such scammers, both in disability claims and in getting opioids for our chronic pain. Continue reading
The C.D.C. Waited ‘Its Entire Existence for This Moment.’ What Went Wrong? – The New York Times – By Eric Lipton, Abby Goodnough, Michael D. Shear, Megan Twohey, Apoorva Mandavilli, Sheri Fink and Mark Walker – June 3, 2020
I’m gratified to see the New York Times point out exactly what I have been complaining about: the CDC is incompetent and simply not fulfilled its purpose.
Americans returning from China landed at U.S. airports by the thousands in early February, potential carriers of a deadly virus who had been diverted to a handful of cities for screening by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It was one of the earliest tests of whether the public health system in the United States could contain the contagion.
Needless to say, they blew it. Continue reading
CDC updates COVID-19 transmission webpage to clarify information about types of spread | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC – For Immediate Release: Friday, May 22, 2020
Even when doing the job that’s the entire purpose of their existence (infectious disease control), they can’t stop screwing up. At this critical time, the CDC keeps bungling, over and over, their coronavirus response.
By now, they’ve had to issue retractions/corrections to at least four of their official statements and policies:
1. Mask issue:
At first, they claimed a mask wouldn’t be useful unless you’re sick.
Now they admit mask-wearing is helpful because any barrier at all is far better than none at all. Continue reading
The CDC is lumping positive COVID-19 viral and antibody tests together. Here’s why that’s bad. | Live Science – By Nicoletta Lanese – Staff Writer – May 2020
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and several state health departments have been reporting COVID-19 diagnostic tests and antibody tests as one grand tally, rather than keeping their results separate, The Atlantic reported.
Reporting these numbers as a lump sum, rather than two distinct data points, presents several major issues.
The CDC is doing with COVID cases exactly what they did to opioid overdose death counts: blending two very important separate counts. With overdoses it was counting prescription opioids along with illicit heroin and fentanyl into “opioid overdoses”, which made it look like everyone was overdosing on prescription medication. Continue reading
Pain patients aren’t the only ones who have noticed that the CDC has become an underfunded, less and less science-based propaganda tool more than a well-funded, non-partisan, and critical health agency.
The blundering incompetence now evident in the Center for Disease Control as it tries to perform its core mission, to control the spread of infectious diseases, shows that it no longer hews to scientific standards and no longer deserves to be respected and trusted.
I hope this makes people think twice about believing whatever comes out of this agency, especially concerning areas outside their mandated expertise, like medical care for pain patients. Continue reading
Trends in prescription opioid use and dose trajectories before opioid use disorder or overdose in US adults from 2006 to 2016: A cross-sectional study – Nov 2019
I’m not going to pretend to be impartial and scientific anymore – this obscene charade of drug-warriors fighting what they call an “opioid epidemic” has gone to such ridiculous extremes (no opioids after cutting open a woman’s abdomen to pull her baby out) that I can no longer restrain my outrage.
With governments’ increasing efforts to curb opioid prescription use and limit dose below the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended threshold of 90 morphine milligram equivalents per day, little is known about prescription opioid patterns preceding opioid use disorder (OUD) or overdose.
Limiting opioid prescriptions never worked in the past, isn’t working now, and never will work. It cannot work because legitimate opioid prescriptions are not related to opioid overdoses. How long will it take these bureaucrats to figure this out? Continue reading
Illegal drug classifications are based on politics not science – report | Global development | The Guardian –Karen McVeigh – @karenmcveigh – Jun 2019
Illegal drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis should be reclassified to reflect a scientific assessment of harm, according to a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy
The commission, which includes 14 former heads of states from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand, said the international classification system underpinning drug control is “biased and inconsistent”.
A “deep-lying imbalance” between controlling substances and allowing access for medicinal purposes had caused “collateral damage”, it said. Continue reading
Clinical Drug Diversion Costly to Health Care Organizations – Clinical Pain Advisor – Mar 2019
U.S. health care organizations lost nearly $454 million due to clinical drug diversion in 2018, according to the 2019 Drug Diversion Digest, released by Protenus Inc.
This article is written from the viewpoint of “Practice Management”, which nowadays isn’t about “practicing medicine” but about how to make money from it. These folks measure opioids by money gained/lost.
THE DEA always brags about how many pills/doses of opioids they confiscate in their raids, but here opioids aren’t counted by the pill of the MME, but by the mighty dollar. Continue reading