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
Share the News LikeBy R Carter Having followed the opioid overdose data closely, both from my state and from the CDC, I’ve been anticipating press releases from those who want to take center stage and claim credit for the miniscule drop in overdose deaths which have occurred between 2016 and 2017….
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
AKA letter to CDC on Kratom reads like déjà vu when compared to claims made about prescription opiates
A recent letter from the American Kratom Association (AKA) in response to a report issued by the CDC on Kratom being detected by medical examiners and coroners, reads like déjà vu when comparing it point by point to claims made about the role of prescription opiates in the drug overdose crisis
Imagine what would happen if doctors suddenly began prescribing fixed dosages of insulin for diabetics. If a diabetic died as a result of being under medicated, wouldn’t this be considered malpractice?