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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.

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Gaslighting the Public to Push a Political Agenda

Gaslighting Means Misleading the Public to Push a Political Agenda – Dec 30, 2017 by 

Burying information is one way to further a political agenda.

Limiting acceptable words and, as the National Review points out, choosing language specifically to distort the truth is another.

You might be far more willing to ingest a meat additive, for example, if detractors hadn’t labeled it as “pink slime.”   Continue reading

Is mindfulness making us ill?

Is mindfulness making us ill? – January 2016 – By Dawn Foster

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

Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers: The DEA’s War on Rx Opioids

Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers: The DEA’s War on Prescription Painkillers June 2005 – by Ronald T. Libby

This is a long, sad story about how we ended up with the absurd and cruel opioid policies that are driving pain patients to suicide.

The medical field of treating chronic pain is still in its infancy. It was only in the late 1980s that leading physicians trained in treating the chronic pain of terminally ill cancer patients began to recommend that the “opioid therapy” (treatment involving narcotics related to opium) used on their patients also be used for patients suffering from nonterminal conditions.

The new therapies proved successful, and prescription pain medications saw a huge leap in sales throughout the 1990s.

But opioid therapy has always been controversial.   Continue reading

The media gets the opioid crisis wrong

The media gets the opioid crisis wrong. Here is the truth. – The Washington Post –  – September 2017

Lawmakers and the media have devoted much of their attention recently to deaths from opioid overdoses, as well as to the broader “deaths of despair that include suicides and deaths from alcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis.

But despite the intense focus on the topic, misinformation about the epidemic runs rampant.

This is ironic because much of this misinformation has been spread by this very publication, the Washington Post.   Continue reading

CVS’s Transparent Opioid PR Stunt

CVS’s Transparent Opioid PR Stunt | American Council on Science and Health – by Josh Bloom – Sept 2017

CVS has taken it upon itself to enact rules that allow their pharmacists to ignore a physician’s prescription by changing the number of pills, the daily maximum dose, and even the form of the drug itself.

And the company’s new policy is based on a decidedly faulty premise, which I will describe below.

What the company just did is bad news for both physicians and their patients. Let’s try to set them straight.   Continue reading

An Inconvenient Footnote in the Opioid Crisis

An Inconvenient Footnote in the Opioid Crisis — Pain News Network –  August 17, 2017 By Roger Chriss, Columnist

The evidence clearly shows that the opioid crisis is being driven primarily by illegal drugs.Time magazine reports that in a large national survey, 60% of those who reported misusing opioid medication did so without a prescription.

“About 40% of these people accessed opioids free from friends or relatives. Among people who developed addiction or other abuse disorders, 14% said they bought them from drug dealers or strangers,” Time said.

Moreover, people who are addicted to heroin rarely get their start with opioids prescribed for a valid medical condition.  Continue reading

Flawed Perceptions Make Our Drug Crisis Worse

New Survey Finds That Flawed Perceptions Are Making Our Drug Crisis Worse 2/1/2017

Fully 61 percent of voters believe that their state and local governments are not doing enough in response to drug abuse and addiction. Yet, there are fiscal constraints on any alternative strategies to end the drug crisis, with 51 percent believing state and local governments are in fact spending effectively, making it difficult to propose any new initiatives to tackle the drug crisis.

In many cases, drug abuse services involve all branches of government today, yet these programs suffer from a lack of a coherent strategy and may be perceived to be ineffective as a result.

They are not only perceived to be ineffective, they ARE ineffective.

The government has been caught lying repeatedly to bolster the expensive and failing/failed drug war, so has sacrificed the moral high ground for drug raids and incarceration.   Continue reading

Media Reports About Opioids Have Wrong Focus

Media Reports About Opioids Have the Wrong Focus – The Painful Truth – December 22, 2016 by Dr. Lynn Webster

The headline reads, “As prescription opioid addiction rises, help from doctors lags.” That belies the following statement by Washington Post reporters Scott Clement and Lenny Bernstein:

Despite the high rate of dependence, the poll finds that a majority of long-term opioid users say the drugs have dramatically improved their lives.

Opioids relieve pain that is otherwise intractable, they said in follow-up interviews, allowing them to walk, work and pursue other activities. Fully two-thirds of users surveyed said relief is well worth the risk of addiction.”   Continue reading

Hospitals’ dangerous embrace of alt-medicine

Anti-vaccine rant exposes conflict over hospitals’ embrace of alternative medicine


In the span of a few days, the anti-vaccine screed of a Cleveland Clinic doctor prompted a social media firestorm, an apparent retraction from the physician, and promises of disciplinary action by administrators of his prestigious hospital system.

But those reactions will not entirely contain the damage caused by the rant, which has already been picked up by anti-vaccine organizations1, or address a more fundamental question:

Why do hospitals that espouse evidence-based medical care operate alternative medicine institutes that offer treatments with little foundation in science?

This is exactly what has happened to pain care when the CDC promoted “integrated care”, which is actually a collection of unproven alternative medicine treatments, in its 2016 Opioid Prescribing Guideline.  Continue reading