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?
It is not that difficult, the tools are available, the PDMP data is already being collected, we should be demanding the release of this information. Then, the only justification for using fixed caps and limits on chronic pain patients would be stupidity, prejudice or bigotry.
In 2009 there were 48 million surgical procedures performed in the US, this does not include procedures performed in physician clinics and labs around the country. Given the haphazard way HHS verifies procedure charges and their unwillingness to accept patient complaints as fact or make any other effort to confirm the accuracy of medical records, taxpayers are paying for billions of dollars in fraudulent claims each year.
A new study released September 2019 on fibromyalgia and insomnia shows a reciprocal relationship between the two.
While no one takes pleasure in reading about someone’s ordeal in becoming a chronic pain patient, we are pleased to see those individuals speak up about what they’ve gone through and how they cope with the challenges, especially when that individual is a physician.
Behavior which appears withdrawn or overly detached, or the provider may react to your questions with bewilderment or puzzlement and in the worst case, they will react with anger or rage, becoming verbally abusive, dismissive or condescending.
Cross referencing opioid overdoses with PDMP data is the only reliable way to specifically answer the question of what role prescription opioid play in the opioid overdose crisis and should become a mandatory element in determining what legislation if any should be enacted for restricting access to pain medications.
This articles by Pat Anson of Pain News Networks sites the first opinion piece from a practicing attorney that I have read since I started covering the opioid crisis and it is long overdue. Counselor Barnes is a managing partner of DCBA Law & Policy, a law firm that advises healthcare providers.