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Opioid Drugmakers Call for Specificity in Cases of Harm

Opioid Drugmakers Call for Specificity in Cases of Harm in Government Lawsuits Filed Against Them – Oct 19, 2018 By Alex Keown

As more and more lawsuits are filed by state and local governments over the opioid epidemic, drugmakers are fighting back in court by demanding the allegations include specifics on how the companies are to blame.

As the city of New Orleans and Missouri’s Franklin County become the latest local governments to file more than 1,500 lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, companies like Purdue Pharmaceuticals, the maker of OxyContin, are asking the plaintiffs for specifics in exactly how the companies are to blame for the overdose deaths, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

This is an interesting avenue of defense that could expose how few legitimate patients overdose. We may find out how few specifics we have about this “opioid crisis” and how few specifics we about all the drug deaths that have been counted as “opioid overdoses” to arrive at the huge numbers we’re seeing. Continue reading

Media, Politicians Unaware that Addiction != Dependence

Are Media and Politicians Aware That Addiction and Dependence Are Not the Same Thing? – September 18, 2018 – Jeffrey A. Singer

Hardly a day goes by without a report in the press about some new addiction.

One gets the impression that life is awash in threats of addiction. People tend to equate the word “addiction” with “abuse.” Ironically, “addiction” is a subject of abuse.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a

  • “chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry…characterized by
  • the inability to consistently abstain,
  • impairment in behavioral control,
  • craving” that continues despite resulting destruction of relationships, economic conditions, and health

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Some Inconvenient Truths About Opioid-War

The ‘Phony War’ Against Opioids: Some Inconvenient Truths | The Crime ReportThe Crime Report

Anyone who watches TV news will know that America has a major public health problem concerning drug addiction and opioid overdose deaths. In this context, we sometimes hear terms like “prescription opioid epidemic” and “over-prescribing” thrown about indiscriminately.

Hidden inside the hype and misinformation are several inconvenient truths. Public policy on the drug crisis cannot be remotely effective until we embrace such truths and act on them.   Continue reading

Media coverage of opioid crisis hurting pain patients

Backlash over opioid crisis hurting chronic pain patients: Quebec study | Montreal Gazette | Charlie Fidelman May 30, 2018

A survey of more than 1,400 patients from Quebec and British Columbia made public Wednesday suggests that the extensive media coverage of the opioid crisis has had a significant negative effect on those suffering from chronic pain.

The survey showed some doctors have became reluctant to prescribe narcotics for pain relief.

Patients reported having trouble getting the medication they need to control their pain and that doctors are reducing their doses against their wishes.  Continue reading

The New Drug for Migraines Has Some Drawbacks

The New Drug for Migraines Has Some Drawbacks Beth Skwarecki – May 2018

Ms. Skwarecki points out that, while some patients responded extremely well, the drug may not be effective at all for another sizeable cohort of patients.

The FDA just approved a new, first-of-its-kind drug intended to prevent migraines.

It comes in an auto-injector device (you stab yourself once a month) at a list price of $575 a pop.Meanwhile, people on r/migraine are saying it isn’t much more expensive than the other drugs they already take.   Continue reading

Change How Chronic Pain is Perceived, Judged and Treated

Recent News That Helps Change the Way Chronic Pain is Perceived, Judged and Treated – PAINSApr 17, 2018 | Compiled by Clint Cole, III, PAINS Research Intern

PAINS’ No Longer Silent initiative exists to:

  1. Change the beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions of media about chronic pain as a disease.
  2. Increase media coverage and support evidence-based reporting of chronic pain.
  3. Change the beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions of the media about the relationship between chronic pain and the opioid epidemic
  4. Decrease media coverage that conflates the opioid epidemic with chronic pain

The following are recent examples of news articles that help to raise awareness about the struggles of those living with pain:

Sometimes the Journal of the AMA Gets It Wrong

Sometimes the Journal of the AMA Gets It Wrong! And so do careless journalists. | American Council on Science and Health – By Richard “Red” Lawhern — March 21, 2018

On March 6, 2018, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a 12-month randomized clinical trial [authors Erin E Krebs, Amy Gravely, Beth DeRonne, Elizabeth Goldsmith, and others] which compared opioids to non-opioid medications for treatment of moderate to severe osteoarthritis and back pain among 240 Veterans Administration patients.  

In the days since publication, the study has been picked up by popular online magazines and blogs under blaring, but incorrect, headlines.   Continue reading

The Mediatization of Chronic Pain

The CNN Effect: The mediatization of pain policy – PAINS – Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy

For the past five years, PAINS has published a report focused on our work and that of others to promote a “cultural transformation in the way pain is perceived, judged and treated.”

That’s what it will take to shift the focus off prescription opioids and place it on the increasing numbers of people suffering from addiction and succumbing to street drugs mixed with deadly doses fentanyl.

Here is the 2017 report, The CNN Effect: The mediatization of pain policy.

Film on Chronic Pain Nearing Release

Film on Chronic Pain Nearing Release – By Ed Coghlan

Many of our readers have recommended that more needs to be done to educate people about the chronic pain issue.

An ambitious effort is nearing completion. It is a documentary called Pandemic of Denial that has been in production for several years and is being readying for release this year.

Tina Petrova, a Canadian whose non-profit is designed to educate about chronic pain, is an award-winning filmmaker who suffers from chronic pain.   Continue reading

Help Shape The Times’s Opioid Coverage

Help Shape The Times’s Opioid Coverage – By THE NEW YORK TIMES JAN. 12, 2018

The NY Times wants to know what we think of their opioids crisis coverage:

The devastating effects of opioid abuse are rippling through families and neighborhoods across the United States. To improve our coverage we are seeking to learn more about what our readers are looking for.

Tell us what kinds of stories you’d like to see us cover. Your answers will be confidential and only shared internally. We won’t use your name or attribute any of your responses to you.

Take the Survey: