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Opioids: Politicians Should Not Play Doctor

Opioids: Politicians Should Not Play Doctor | National Review | by ANDREW STUTTAFORD August 19, 2017

This is significant because the National Review is a “leading conservative magazine and website covering news, politics, current events, and culture with detailed analysis and commentary.”

This article shows the back-and-forth over opioids, with rational minds trying to overcome the biased and erroneous assumptions of government agencies trying to control the so-called “opioid crisis”.

As the New York Times reported, the FDA explained: Trying to stem the scourge of prescription drug abuse, an advisory panel of experts to the Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to toughen the restrictions on painkillers like Vicodin that contain hydrocodone, the most widely prescribed drugs in the country. Continue reading

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Twenty “Pain” Questions to Ask Political Candidates

Twenty Questions to Ask Political Candidates –  August 26, 2017, by Lynn Webster, M.D.

These are great questions to ask yourself too – here are just a few of my favorites:

Here are 20 questions that every candidate should be able to answer to your satisfaction. You can use these questions as a guide to grade the individuals.

  1. What is the difference between physical dependence and addiction or an opioid use disorder?
  2. How many people commit suicide annually due in part to chronic pain?
  3. What percentage of opioid-associated overdoses involve illegal opioids?
  4. Does prescribing opioids after surgery usually lead to addiction?

We need to kick our harmful addiction to punishment

We need to kick our harmful and ineffective addiction to punishment – KevinMD – Marc Krupanski |May 3, 2017

As New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes the lead in crafting the Trump administration’s response to the opioid crisis, he and his colleagues need to understand that we can’t fix the problem until we kick our long-term addiction to the war on drugs and accept overdoses for what they are: a health issue.

Although the majority of Americans who consume illicit drugs do so without addiction, opioid overdose has become a deadly reality.

Expecting the criminal justice system to solve a health crisis does more harm than good.   Continue reading

Medicare Planning to Adopt CDC Opioid Guidelines

Medicare Planning to Adopt CDC Opioid Guidelines — Pain News Network – February 03, 2017 – By Pat Anson, Editor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced plans to fully implement the opioid prescribing guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recommend that doctors not prescribe opioid medication for chronic non-cancer pain.

CMS is taking the CDC’s voluntary guidelines one step further, however, by mandating them as official Medicare policy and taking punitive action against doctors and patients who don’t follow them.

As Pain News Network has reported, CMS is adopting a “Big Brother” approach to fighting opioid abuse by developing a strategy that will encourage pharmacists to report doctors who may be overprescribing opioids and patients who may be abusing them.    Continue reading

21st Century Cures Act Draws Concern

21st Century Cures Act Draws Concern Over Possible Lowered Clinical Standards – Pain Medicine News – Dec 13, 2016

The 21st Century Cures Act, a bill that could accelerate the drug approval process and increase funding for mental health care, drug addiction treatment and biomedical research, has been passed by a Senate vote of 94-5

Despite concerns that the bill may be more beneficial to pharmaceutical companies than to consumers, President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law, after which the FDA, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services will be responsible for its implementation   Continue reading

Manipulating Truth About Overdose Deaths

What Is the Truth About Overdose Deaths?  by Dr. Lynn Webster

In its 2015 Report Overview, the Clinton Foundation calls prescription drug abuse (leading to overdose) an imminent public health threat that kills “more people than motor vehicle accidents.”

The CDC reports that, during 2014, a total of 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States. 

But this number has been artificially manipulated and inflated to cause more alarm about our pain medications.

The article goes on to explain two huge and obvious flaws: Continue reading

Your Voice Matters – Make Chronic Pain Visible

Your Voice Matters – Make Chronic Pain Visible

WHY WOULD TELLING MY STORY AND SENDING A LETTER MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association and pain patient organizations were recently asked to reach out to people with pain and their families directly to ask about their experiences.

People making decisions that significantly affect your quality of life (federal officials, legislators and policy makers) need to know if you are receiving adequate pain management and relief.

Telling your story can affect their policy decisions and new areas of research.   Continue reading

CDC Scientists Expose Agency Corruption

CDC Scientists Expose Agency Corruption – Nov. 21, 2016 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Last month, The Hill published a letter [see below] sent by “more than a dozen” senior Center for Disease Control (CDC) scientists charging the agency with nursing an atmosphere of pervasive research fraud.

The letter to CDC Chief of Staff, Carmen Villar, expressed alarm “about the current state of ethics at our agency.”

The scientists complained that “our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests” and “circumvented by some of our leaders.”

The scientists told Villar that, “questionable and unethical practices, occurring at all levels and in all of our respective units, threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.”   Continue reading

State Legal Restrictions on Opioids Ineffective

State Legal Restrictions and Prescription-Opioid Use among Disabled Adults — NEJM

In response to rising rates of opioid abuse and overdose, U.S. states enacted laws to restrict the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances.

The effect of these laws on opioid use is unclear.

Despite the exhortations to use only evidence-based methods, it’s a remarkable oversight that the effects of all these restrictions has never been studied.

I suspect PROP is trying their best to avoid this because they know the results won’t bear out their biased and prejudiced predictions.   Continue reading

Lawmakers urge DEA to reconsider ban of kratom

Lawmakers urge DEA to reconsider ‘hasty’ ban of opioid-like kratom – By Eric Boodman @ericboodman  September 23, 2016

When the Drug Enforcement Administration announced in late August that it would outlaw an opioid-like plant called kratom, the reaction was immediate.

Kratom sellers threatened legal action.

Over 130,000 people signed a petition to stop the ban. Some 400 users marched in front of the White House, with kids wearing shirts that said, “Kratom saved my mom.”

Now members of Congress are getting involved.   Continue reading