Tag Archives: politics

Government disrupting doctor-patient relationship

COMMENTARY: Opioid ‘crisis’ leading government to disrupt doctor-patient relationship – Las Vegas Review-Journal – By Josh Bloom Special to the Review-Journal – November 11, 2017

Of the many horrors that are being inflicted upon this country by opioid drugs, perhaps none is worse than one that is not making headlines.

Federal and state agencies have inserted themselves into the doctor-patient relationship like never before.

Our government is taking prescription pads out of the hands of physicians and dictating what drugs, doses and the number of pain medications that they may prescribe for their patients. This is a chilling precedent.   Continue reading

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Alliance for the Treatment of Intractable Pain (ATIP)

Together with several of his colleagues in the battle for pain patients’ rights, Richard “Red” Lawhern, Ph.D. recently unveiled a new organization,

Alliance for the Treatment of Intractable Pain (ATIP)
ATIP on Facebook

This is a group of and for people willing to take an active part in changing the rules about pain treatment in this country, starting with lobbying to reject/repeal/replace the unscientific and biased CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline. 

If you’re looking for a way to make your voice heard, ATIP can help you channel it effectively.  Continue reading

Head in the sand about opioid crisis

America has to get its head out of the sand for the opioid epidemic by Brooke M. Feldman, MSW Candidate, University of Pennsylvania, Social justice activist – Oct 2017

America has a long history of rewriting its own history. While this practice is sadly nothing new, perhaps one of the greatest real time showings of it in my lifetime has been the false narrative being spread like wildfire around the “opioid epidemic.”

It goes something like this:

“Johnny is from a white middle class community. He had everything going for him…Johnny was prescribed narcotic pain medication by an irresponsible doctor peddling a nefarious pharmaceutical company’s wares. Unknowingly, Johnny got hooked and eventually moved onto using heroin. ”   Continue reading

DEA Raids Dr. Forest Tennant’s Pain Clinic

DEA Raids Dr. Forest Tennant’s Pain Clinic Pain News Network  – November 16, 2017 By Pat Anson, Editor

Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration have raided the offices and home of Dr. Forest Tennant, a prominent California pain physician, confiscating patient records, appointment books and financial documents.

In a lengthy search warrant, the DEA alleges that Tennant prescribed such high doses of opioid pain medication that his patients must be selling them.

So, the DEA got a search warrant based on their assumptions about his patients’ medical needs and their assumptions about what his patients are doing with their medication – no proof, no evidence, just assumptions.  Continue reading

‘Opiophobia’ Leaves Millions Dying in Chronic Pain

‘Opiophobia’ Leaves Millions Dying in Chronic Pain — Pain News Network – October 13, 2017 – By Pat Anson, Editor

More than 25 million people – most of them poor and living in developing countries – die each year in severe pain because they have little or no access to morphine and other painkillers, according to a new report.

A special commission created by The Lancet medical journal looked at pain care around the world and found major gaps in the availability of opioid pain medication.

While opioid analgesics are relatively available in the United States and Canada, patients in many parts of the world have no access to them. In addition to the 25 million who die in pain, the commission estimated that another 35 million live with chronic pain that is untreated.  Continue reading

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

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