The CERGM page on Facebook will begin closing over the next several weeks. The last year for me was like being swept along by a tsunami, due in large part to the growing number of individuals willing to step forward not only to be heard, but to support efforts within a broad array of chronic pain support and advocacy efforts across the US. The CDC estimates there are nearly 15 million Americans who use opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, making us a truly large voting block if we choose to organize ourselves this way.
Ultimately to be effective at a State and Federal level, CPP must do whatever is necessary to ensure the relationship between provider and patient, remains one built on trust without interference from outside sources. Many of which have agendas not in the best interest of forwarding rational, individualized health choice, but in restricting access to healthcare based on ideology, profit or heavy handed and broad regulations which harm and injure large numbers of innocent individuals.
We can only accomplish this when we consolidate our efforts by coming together as a handful of organizations with a single voice and agenda, fighting for the same privacy rights, personal choice, and unrestricted access to healthcare the rest of America enjoys. For that reason I will be aligning my efforts with The Doctor Patient Forum and Don’t Punish Pain Rally.
CERGM supports rationally targeted efforts to stop drug abuse and addiction; it does not support casting a wide net over the healthcare of every American simply because opioids are a medicine abused by a minority. The efforts made to date in addressing opioid overdosing and abuse, have had too little consideration given to the impact on millions of innocent chronic pain patients who are now under treated, unemployed or dead due to suicides.
To let these travesties stand unchallenged is to bow to a rush to judgement, an abuse of power and an attack on civil liberties. The failure of officials to recognize and make a clear and unambiguous distinction between chronic pain suffers and addicts, is a failure of leadership in government. Like all others caught in the collateral damage caused by this, I will and I hope you do too, speak loudest at the voting booth this fall in the 2020 election.
For those of you on my friends list, you will remain my friends. My blog at https://cergm.carter-brothers.com will also remain and posts will continue to appear here on a regular basis. If you wish to be notified about new posts, you can subscribe to a weekly email sent out on Saturday mornings which has new posts from the previous week. Simply follow this link to Subscribe.
Over the last year I have become good friends with Claudia Merandi at Don’t Punish Pain Rally and she has allowed me to post notices for new content on the National and State Rally Pages. Claudia also extended an invitation to post and write exclusive articles on The Doctor Patient Forum. Some content from my blog will appear there but also articles specific to efforts being made in advocating for chronic pain suffers and the doctors who treat them.
I encourage everyone to book mark that page, support their efforts for those less fortunate than many of us, to visit often and by making a regular monthly contribution of just $1. If we can achieve this our nearly 12,000 followers can begin using those funds to further our collective efforts to restore our access to uncensored healthcare.
Finally I want to thank everyone who has supported my efforts and to educate me in so many ways with your thoughtful thanks and feedback, as well as your thoughtful criticisms and corrections. Over the last twelve months CERGM grown from 25 visitors per month to more than 3000, with nearly half of those as recurring viewers. But also for putting up with my often rushed efforts to publish before proof reading or correcting spelling errors. I never expected much of a response to my blog or to be more kindly cast by some as a journalist, which I am not. I’m just thankful this odd place I find myself in, as both a former healthcare provider and chronic pain patient, allows me help others navigate the troubled waters we find ourselves in, in the coming decade
I will continue efforts to conduct surveys, asking those kinds of questions so many in public health and government don’t want to acknowledge much less ask, providing valuable insight into how, we as a community, are harmed by our nations efforts to address addiction by censoring access to healthcare. Data we can use to open the eyes of our legislators to the plight we now live with.
I will also be looking at how to enable comments directly on this blog so those who wish, may share your views on the issues both pro and con. Until then you may leave comments on the The Doctor Patient Forum and Don’t Punish Pain Rally for dual posted content.
Sincerely, Randall Carter