The maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company for $10 billion to $12 billion
The DEA searched and shut down a dozen Florida pharmacies this week as part of “Operation Cazador,” seizing roughly 200,000 opioid pills, more than 35 weapons and about $3.3 million in assets, NBC News reported Friday.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is proposing to reduce the manufacturing of five Schedule II opioid controlled substances in the United States next year
Overall they report about a 5% decrease in Prescription Overdose Deaths when compared to the time frame 2014-2017. Yet in this same time frame, overdoses from illegally manufactured Fentanyl are up 11% with 63% of those reporting combined Fentanyl use with benzodiazepines, cocaine, or methamphetamine.
On September 6, 2019 the CDC published updated data on it’s Injury Prevention and Control website and the major takeaway is that drug overdose deaths are continuing to rise.
This poll is for any interested patron, not just chronic pain patients. Survey responses will help shape how those who who advocate for chronic pain argue for the rights of patients. Your responses will also aid physicians who have been wrongly accused of overprescribing return to their livelihoods.
A recent NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll shows that 1 in 5 American suffer with pain on a daily basis. Overall, 18% of Americans say that’s often a problem for them. Almost a quarter, 24% say that’s sometimes the case.
While many in the chronic pain community continue their efforts to reach out to local, state and federal representatives, to discuss their needs, candidates continue to brush them off or respond with a letter of thanks, but no action, refusing honest conversations about the unintended consequences of the government’s war on opioids.
Government’s hyperfocus on opioid abuse has blinded them to the collateral damage caused to a large segment of our population. Normally hard working Americans who hold down jobs and pay taxes, converting them from contributors of our economy to beneficiaries of our entitlement programs and no one in Government seems willing to address these issues in the coming election.
What’s at the heart of such suggested controls is the issue of deterrence. Should we deter drug abuse and mass shootings by monitoring all US citizens, keeping databases on their recreational activities, medical conditions, medication usage and sharing that data with law enforcement? Or do we just need better laws which punish offenders?