In the midst of the largest assault ever against chronic pain sufferers, spanning more than a decade from the late 1990’s to the present, the State of Ohio, which oftens claims to be at the heart of the opioid crisis, launched a confidential Complaint Hotline for complaints against practitioners.
Opioid manufacturers continue to miss an opportunity to defend themselves by not using State PDMP data in opioid trials.
States have 7-10 years of PDMP data combined with State and Federal funds earmarked for performing post mortem investigations behind overdose deaths, one would think companies like Johnson and Johnson, would petition the courts to have such data released for trial.
Some state lawmakers are contemplating enacting laws that permit certain patients with severe substance use disorder to be involuntarily detained for short-term observation and, in some cases, treatment. Such laws raise ethical, legal, medical, and practical questions.
A federal judge in New York has blocked the Department of Health and Human Services’ so-called conscience rule, which lets health care workers who cite moral or religious reasons for opting out of providing certain medical procedures, such as abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide.
The eight words CDC officials were told they were barred from using in any public report.
Gabapentin is approved for treating seizures and nerve pain, yet 95 percent the time it’s used for other conditions, without strong research to back it up. With recent links to overdose and reports of suicide, why is it still being used so much?
Ohio State officials take great pride in their efforts to thwart opioid addiction, drug overdose deaths and their efforts are both noticable and commendable. Yet at a cost of nearly $7,000 per patient per year, it comes at a high price. Let’s review a score card and check that progress starting with an executive summary released by the State Board of Pharmacy on their PDMP system known as OARRS.
Don’t Punish Pain Rally Talk Show with Claudia recently interviewed Dr. Dan Laird on the current conditions of government regulations of opioids and law enforcements efforts to curb the use of prescription opioids by ratcheting up the arrests of physicians who treat pain.
In Part 2 we look at heat maps of Ohio Counties from the Ohio Department of Health. Data taken from Ohio PDMP database showing MME and doses of opioids per capita and per patient.
I last reported data from Ohio Department of Health in March 2019. In that report Ohio reported on more than just drug overdose deaths. Ohio has begun to release some information from its PDMP, these reports will show you much more. In this series there will be data which goes back to 2010 when the State first began keeping records. The series will update that report and take a closer look at overdose deaths for the last nine years, related to both prescription opioids and illicitly manufactured Fentanyl (IMF). With several hundred documents to review I will update and clarify as I work through the facts.