Who Is Telling The Truth About Prescription Opioid Deaths? DEA? CDC? Neither? | American Council on Science and Health – By Josh Bloom — November 5, 2018
In this article, Mr. Bloom takes apart the DEA’s exaggerated counts of supposed “prescription drug overdoses”, revealing how the DEA conflates, distorts, and inflates numbers using illogical groupings and obscure details of definitions.
“Controlled Prescription Drugs (CPDs) … are still responsible for the most drug-involved overdose deaths and are the second most commonly abused substance in the United States.”
– 2018 National Drug Threat Assessment. Drug Enforcement Administration, October 2018.
A newly-released 164-page report just issued by the DEA maintains that controlled prescription drugs are killing more Americans than any other type of drug (1); even more than heroin and fentanyl.
But if you’ve been keeping up in this area this sounds very strange. Can it really be true that drugs like Vicodin and Percocet are killing more Americans, especially when one report after another lays the blame on illicit fentanyl and its scary analogs? Continue reading
Teater: Opioid problem biggest healthcare issue facing America [???]- Nov 2018 – utter nonsense!
On the Inspire.com Opioid Information Thread, the member Seshet posted a brilliant rebuttal to the terribly mistaken article above:
The Cleveland Daily Banner has an article with Don Teater, MD, explaining how opioids should never be used for anything other than severe trauma or end-of-life care.
There are glaring errors in every paragraph.
Examples: Continue reading
What I Would Have Told Oregon Officials About Its Forced Opioid Taper Idea – by Kelly Howard – Nov 2018
As a trained biology researcher, Ms. Howard sees exactly how such forced tapers are not supported by evidence of any kind. She cuts to the quick of the matter by showing how scientific data actually supports the opposite of what the Pain Task Force claims.
“My name is Kelly Howard. I have been a chronic pain patient since the late 70s. My doctor first suggested I apply for disability in 1989; I worked 22 more years because of responsibly used, prescribed pain medication.
Many of those years I worked as a medical research specialist, so I’m here to discuss the bibliography of this task force. Continue reading
The previous post and these three articles, all from this year (2018), highlight the absurdity of our drug-war against prescription opioids. Each article finds that drugs other than prescription opioids are becoming increasingly available and more often abused.
As the mushrooming crisis of addiction moves on, the CDC is still busy counting pain patients’ pills and meddling in medical practice.
While America wages war on opioids, meth makes its comeback – CNN – By Drew Kann, CNN – September 28, 2018
For Capt. Mark Wollmershauser Jr. and the Tulsa Police Department, the late-2000s and early 2010s were an extremely dangerous time. In Oklahoma, a state that is no stranger to the scourge of methamphetamine addiction, those years were the heyday of the “shake and bake” method — a rudimentary way of making meth using just cold medicine, some toxic chemicals and an empty two-liter bottle. Continue reading
DEA: Foreign fentanyl a greater risk than diverted pills – By Eric Scicchitano The Daily Item – Jun 3, 2018
Even the DEA knows that it’s illegal fentanyl that’s fueling the overdose crisis, but any outrage about fentanyl is being co-opted by the tired old war on the entire drug class of “opioids”.
This assures that all critical distinctions between prescription medication and injected heroin/fentanyl are carefully hidden so the combined “opioid overdose” numbers are large enough to get attention (and money).
Prescription opioids are the only aspect of the overdose crisis that the DEA *can* restrict and regulate, even though it’s proven to be ineffective. They continue prosecuting doctors because they 1) can find them and 2) they don’t shoot back. Continue reading
The CDC’s Influenza Math Doesn’t Add Up: Exaggerating the Death Toll to Sell Flu Shots • Children’s Health Defense – October 09, 2018 – By the Children’s Health Defense team
Sometimes it’s interesting to get a look from a different viewpoint on a personal issue. This article was posted by people that are anti-vaccination, which I do not agree with; however, I see we share a healthy skepticism about the CDC’s data.
These folks see the same CDC shenanigans with flu death statistics as we pain patients do with opioid overdoses: both flu deaths and opioid overdose deaths are categorized and counted is such a way that the results show the desired “epidemic”.
Far from being impartial, this once venerable agency that was founded on pure and objective science is now tainted by personal “beliefs” and money, “massaging” their death certificate data to achieve ulterior objectives. Continue reading
A Crisis of Opioids and the Limits of Prescription Control – by Stefan G. Kertesz and Adam J. Gordon – 23 July 2018
Here, again, is this seminal article by two high-profile pain/addiction doctors about the follies of current anti-opioid policies:
A rise in addiction and overdose deaths involving opioids in the United States has spurred a series of initiatives focused on reducing opioid risks, including several related to prescription of opioids in care of pain. Policy analytic scholarship provides a conceptual framework to assist in understanding this response.
Prior to 2011, a “policy monopoly” of regulators and pharmaceutical manufacturers allowed and encouraged high levels of opioid prescribing.
The authors then point out that the debate has been cornered by an “advocacy coalition” of anti-opioid fanatics. Continue reading
Detecting the Liar – By Lynn Webster, M.D. – September 2018
According to Scientific American Mind, lying “is among the most sophisticated accomplishments of the human mind.”
It requires cognitive skills that children are not born with and must acquire. Our ability to lie seems to improve until we reach young adulthood, and then it levels off. Once we reach about age 45, our ability to lie declines.
Discerning the difference between truth and lies seems to be even more challenging than telling a lie. Continue reading
First, commentary by @StefanKertesz:
This is probably the best summary of the crisis I’ve seen. It’s got lots of references supporting all of its claims, and lots of links to more detailed information.
Note that pharma and misprescribing played a role, but that diversion and misuse are also specifically mentioned as key factors.
And this is NIDA, a government agency that presumably not unduly influenced by Big Pharma on one side or PROP on the other. Continue reading
Feds Battle Opioid Abuse With A Circular Firing Squad – Henry I. Miller and Josh Bloom | 08/29/2018
…our government’s inept attempts to control the opioid epidemic. The most recent evidence was an article in the August 22 edition of the journal JAMA Surgery.
Following the Drug Enforcement Administration’s bumping of hydrocodone-containing medications into a more highly regulated classification — specifically, in order to curb opioid use — “there was an immediate significant increase” in the mean number of initial postoperative prescriptions for opioids and that that effect was sustained for a year.
And this is no secret. Everyone but the DEA knows that tightening restrictions on a drug only pushes it to be more profitable on the black market. Continue reading