ABC has run an article sighting DHHS has reversed course on its opioid guidelines. They now advised doctors that cutting off pain patients’ prescriptions suddenly could do more harm than good.
The treatment of chronic pain has relied heavily on opioids, despite their potential for addiction and overdose and the fact that they often don’t work well when used on a long-term basis,” said Helene Langevin, M.D., director of NCCIH. “ There’s an urgent need for more effective and safer options.
There was a time when the opioid crisis was blamed mostly on prescription painkiller abuse. But new data suggests that opioid deaths in America are now largely due to an illegal synthetic form of the drug smuggled into the U.S. One America’s John Hines has more from Washington.
A recent NPR-IBM Watson Health Poll shows that 1 in 5 American suffer with pain on a daily basis. Overall, 18% of Americans say that’s often a problem for them. Almost a quarter, 24% say that’s sometimes the case.
While many in the chronic pain community continue their efforts to reach out to local, state and federal representatives, to discuss their needs, candidates continue to brush them off or respond with a letter of thanks, but no action, refusing honest conversations about the unintended consequences of the government’s war on opioids.
Government’s hyperfocus on opioid abuse has blinded them to the collateral damage caused to a large segment of our population. Normally hard working Americans who hold down jobs and pay taxes, converting them from contributors of our economy to beneficiaries of our entitlement programs and no one in Government seems willing to address these issues in the coming election.
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.