USA Today says we’re fighting the wrong war

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2019/07/12/opioid-rules-reassessed-amid-outcry-patients-needing-painkillers/1705026001/

This informative article from USA Today, documents some of the backlash following the 2016 CDC Guidelines on Chronic Pain Management, documenting some of the more horrific stories of patient deaths following forced tappers or termination of pain medications.

To listen to the responses from the CDC as they try to distance themselves from these stories is nauseating, passing the buck as though they had good intentions and have simply been misunderstood. 

On the day the CDC released the guidelines, they admitted the guidelines were flawed, pointing out that they were based on data collected for acute pain management on opiate naive patients. As a science based organization this is equivalent to endorsing a treatment which has only been used on rats and never had any human trials before making it available to the public.

I’ve seen estimates that as many as 20 million Americans are now either under treated or have been terminated inappropriately from pain medications, yet the best the CDC can offer is to claim they are looking into it, with no estimate for when such corrections will be available. 

The Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force has since released its report around June 2019, which has hundreds of documented sources of research on the benefits of treating chronic pain with opiates, as well as a more accurate assessment of the risks for addiction following the start of treatment. The body of experts used in preparing this report is both broader and more diversified than the expert panel the CDC used in preparing its report. In light of this the CDC should simply retract their guidelines and defer to Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Forces recommendations on treating chronic pain.

 

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