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Is Suicide a Consequence of the CDC Opioid Guideline?

Is Suicide a Consequence of the CDC Opioid Guideline? – Pain Medicine News – AUGUST 11, 2016 – By Lynn R. Webster, MD

The law of unintended consequences states that the actions of people, and especially of governments, always have effects that are unanticipated, as when legislation and regulation aimed at righting a problem go wrong in other ways

An example may be the guideline issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discouraging the use of opioids in treating chronic pain, excluding cancer and end of life(Unintended consequences. http://tinyurl.com/?8p8g)

The guideline was not intended to be mandatory;

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Opioid Crackdown Causing More Pain

Cracking Down on Opioids Hurts People With Chronic Pain – Maia Szalavitz – Nov 2017

Thank you, Maia, for bringing some our suffering to light,  for making visible the “invisible epidemic of suicides due to chronic pain no longer being treated.

Jay Lawrence broke his back in a 1980s accident that ultimately triggered years of chronic pain, …

his widow, Meredith Lawrence lost her husband to suicide earlier this year after his doctor abruptly decided to cut down his opioid pain medication.   Continue reading

A World Without Pain Medication

Russian cancer patients are killing themselves because they can’t get pain meds — Quartz – by Katerina Gordeeva – March 27, 2015

This is what the world is like without pain medication:

In Feb. 2014 in Moscow alone, 11 cancer patients committed suicide

There’s no end to the pain. It won’t stop the next morning, or tomorrow, or the day after,” whispers Tanya, 29, a Russian cancer patient. “It won’t disappear if a tooth is pulled out or if drops of medicine are squeezed into your ear. If you don’t relieve the pain somehow, it eats you up right to the end. It’s absolutely unbearable.”   Continue reading

Existential distress leads to assisted suicide

It’s not pain but ‘existential distress’ that leads people to assisted suicide, study suggests – The Washington Post

A few decades ago, doctor-assisted suicide was considered a fringe idea despite surveys showing many physicians supported the idea under certain circumstances.

While doctor-assisted suicide remains a polarizing issue, some countries and states have begun to accept it.

  • Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland have legalized voluntary euthanasia.
  • In 2016, Canada legalized “medically assisted death.”
  • Australia, France, South Africa and the United Kingdom are considering similar measures.  Continue reading

Many with chronic illness denied prescriptions

Many with chronic illness denied prescriptions in fight against opioids – News – telegram.com – Worcester, MA – by Susan Spencer – Sept 2017

prescribing actually started to decrease a few years ago, before the current monitoring program was mandated, when physicians realized there was a problem.

Pain should be addressed in a variety of ways, not just through medication, Dr. Dimitri and Ms. Steinberg agreed. But insurance often doesn’t cover nonmedical treatment such as physical therapy, acupuncture or meditation and relaxation training to the same extent as surgery and drugs.

“I think people with pain feel abandoned,” Ms. Steinberg said. 

We don’t just “feel” abandoned, we *are* abandoned   Continue reading

Chronic Pain and the Risk of Suicide

Chronic Pain and the Risk of Suicide | Psychology Today – Judy ForemanA Nation in Pain – November 2015

This fall’s grim report about rising suicide and overall death rates among white, middle-aged Americans contains a slim silver lining. Here it is:

The new analysis by two Princeton economists, Anne Case and Angus Deaton, suggests that chronic pain — and the opioids used to treat it — may be a key driver of the rising deaths.

While the “noisy” opioid epidemic has garnered near-daily headlines across the country for several years now, the equally horrible but silent epidemic of chronic pain has not yet broken through into the nation’s consciousness.  Continue reading

Suicides due to Opioid Restrictions

Perhaps you thought the warnings about abandoned pain patients committing suicide were hyperbole, but this phenomenon is  very real:

Partial List of Suicides, as of 9–10-17 , revised, related I personally believe, to CDC and “Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing” who suggest responsible prescribing is no prescribing or reductions in prescribing pain medicines in 25 million non addicted medical patients in daily pain, all for a good reason they say, to prevent heroin addiction and death from heroin overdose. You decide.

I’ve only picked out a few from this long, sad list of patients who could not tolerate their painful lives without effective opioid relief.  Continue reading

“I was holding his hand when he pulled the trigger”

How Chronic Pain Killed My Husband — Pain News Network – September 06, 2017 – By Meredith Lawrence, Guest Columnist

Jay’s next doctor’s appointment was scheduled for March 2, and we knew they were going to decrease his medications again.  

The last thing the doctor said to us will stick with me forever.  He said, “My patient’s quality of life is not worth losing my practice over.”

I want people to understand that when chronic pain runs your life, eventually you just want the pain to stop. 

The night before, he woke me up to tell me it was time.  I knew what that meant, but I tried to be strong for his sake. We talked all night long about what it meant, and how it should be.  It was the saddest, strangest, longest night of my life.

I was holding his hand when he pulled the trigger.

I can’t get this line out of my mind. The great love Meredith and Jay had for each other is evident throughout this exceptional story.


Blood Test to Diagnose Suicide Risk

Precision medicine opens the door to scientific wellness preventive approaches to suicide | EurekAlert! Science News | Public Release: 15-Aug-2017

Researchers have developed a more precise way of diagnosing suicide risk, by developing blood tests that work in everybody, as well as more personalized blood tests for different subtypes of suicidality that they have newly identified, and for different psychiatric high-risk groups.

Suicide strikes people in all walks of life. We believe such tragedies can be averted.

This landmark larger study breaks new ground, as well as reproduces in larger numbers of individuals some of our earlier findings,” said Dr. Niculescu.   Continue reading

Suicides Have Abnormal Chromosomes, Mitochondria

People Who Commit Suicide Have Abnormal Chromosomes, Mitochondria | American Council on Science and Health – By Alex Berezow — June 14, 2017

Views toward suicide have changed in recent decades. Once largely perceived as a selfish act and a “permanent solution to a temporary problem,” society has become more compassionate toward those who suffer in silence. This is an enormously positive development, and it is likely an outgrowth of our greater understanding of mental illness.

The causes of suicide are complex, but they seem to involve some combination of nature (genetics) and nurture (culture and environment).

According to the CDC, the suicide rate in the U.S. in 2015 grew to 15.7 per 100,000, sparking fears of a “suicide epidemic.”  Continue reading