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
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
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
Recent News That Helps Change the Way Chronic Pain is Perceived, Judged and Treated – PAINS | Apr 17, 2018 | Compiled by Clint Cole, III, PAINS Research Intern
PAINS’ No Longer Silent initiative exists to:
- Change the beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions of media about chronic pain as a disease.
- Increase media coverage and support evidence-based reporting of chronic pain.
- Change the beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions of the media about the relationship between chronic pain and the opioid epidemic
- 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:
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
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.
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.
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.
Gaslighting Means Misleading the Public to Push a Political Agenda – Dec 30, 2017 by
Burying information is one way to further a political agenda.
It’s the relaxation technique of choice, popular with employers and even the NHS. But some have found it can have unexpected effects.
I am sitting in a circle in a grey, corporate room with 10 housing association employees – administrators, security guards, cleaners – eyes darting about nervously
I’m here to write about a new mindfulness initiative, and since I’ve never to my knowledge had any mental health issues and usually thrive under stress, I anticipate a straightforward, if awkward, experience.
Then comes the meditation. Continue reading