By R Carter The use of civil asset forfeiture has become a legal means for some law enforcement agencies to literally rob you blind. Most States and Federal law enforcement agencies don’t require a conviction or even an arrest to seize the private assets of citizens. And in many cases,…
Tami Luhby, CNN – Monday, he claimed credit for being “the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your Healthcare” in a tweet blasting an ad by former New York City Mayor and 2020 Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg that attacks the President’s record on health care.
Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, which gave millions of low-income adults access to health insurance, was linked to a 6 percent reduction in opioid overdose death rates — potentially preventing thousands of deaths — according to a new study in JAMA Network Open.
After reading thousands of articles and opinions since 2000, on what caused the opioid crisis I fail to see any single cause or primary contributor. The majority of us contributed to how we got here. Through a trillion times a trillion individual choices, whether by action or inaction, by intent or ignorance, this is a problem of government, industry and it’s citizenry, there are few innocents, so ultimately it’s a problem not just with our systems but with our humanity.
Last week the Washington Post featured an article in the “Outlook” section by Dr. James D. Hudson, a pain management specialist, lamenting Americans’ “Dangerous Fear of Pain,” arguing that the efforts by doctors to make their patients “pain free” has largely contributed to the overdose crisis.
This update on trends reflects changes on how chronic pain has been viewed and managed as America’s struggle with opioids continues. It’s often insightful to look back at how our government viewed chronic pain and compare that to how they have responded. This report from the CDC published thirteen years ago in 2006 stands in stark contrast to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management, at a time when anti-opioid zealots had clearly gotten the upper hand. More importantly is how our healthcare system has responded, indicating what appears to be an effort to cherry pick the data which fits an ideological point of view. New concerns are rising for America’s elderly as the use of non-opioid chemical restraints increases for managing behavior which in some cases, is due in part to chronic pain.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was designed to make private health information more portable, not more private. It’s primary intent invites, even encourages violations of personal privacy with regards to health information.
This ruling by the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services signals a major step forward for the chronic pain community, sending a clear message to healthcare providers who attempt to delay and thwart efforts of patients seeking access to their medical records.
Influx of Fentanyl-laced Counterfeit Pills and Toxic Fentanyl-related Compounds Further Increases Risk of Fentanyl-related Overdose and Fatalities – Health Alert Network (HAN) No. 395
CDC on October 26, 2015, CDC issued HAN 384 that alerted (1) public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners of the increase in fentanyl-related unintentional overdose fatalities in multiple states primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) (i.e., non-pharmaceutical fentanyl); (2) provided recommendations for improving detection of fentanyl-related overdose outbreaks; and (3) encouraged states to expand access to naloxone and training for administering naloxone to reduce opioid overdose deaths.