So what are our healthcare professional and law enforcement agencies failing to recognize in their efforts to balance combating opioid abuse while humanely and responsibly managing chronic pain conditions for the public?
While the CDC breaks out data points for causes unrelated to mental health issues, the one category missing in its data collection efforts, and one for which they have abundant data, are the suicides related to forced tapering or termination of opioids in patients with legitimate medical needs.
In a new commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), authors of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (Guideline) advise against misapplication of the Guideline that can risk patient health and safety.
More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids between 2012 and 2014 also engaged in binge drinking, according to a new study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Ethical guidelines protecting people from a healthcare system too quick to profile them as opioid abusers, written into the standards of care, becomes an essential element of protecting the health and wellbeing of a public. Our tunnel vision on stopping opioid abuse can no longer afford the continued collateral damage it is causing. It is after all, the primary mandate of every state medical board to protect the public from healthcare gone awry, including those with chronic non-cancer pain.
In this article I will document what public healthcare and policy makers don’t want you to know, which is, there is no better treatment for chronic pain than opioids. This is based on our current understanding of molecular biology and pharmacology and despite claims that opioids are no more effective than Aspirin or Tylenol
With an estimated twenty million Americans now tapered down or terminated off of pain medication, medication which was used to remain employed as productive members of society, as members who paid into the system rather than drawing from it, our current national policy on restricting access to opioids to those with legitimate medical need, creates a new class of disenfranchised citizen.
SOP (Scope of Practice) laws or regulations AKA Occupational License Laws have become a new tool for restricting services rendered in healthcare over the last couple of decades.
The most encouraging information from this publication was seeing policies makers acknowledge what many in the chronic pain community has been saying since 2015, but more than that was seeing the 2016 CDC Guidelines placed in context