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COVID-19 and Opioid Dependency, what do they share in common?

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I’m continuously amazed by the manner in which denial and irrational thought play out in individual behavior. Given the right circumstances, no one is immune from it and sometimes it can even have beneficial side-effects and outcomes, but in regards to COVID-19 and our government’s response to opioids when treating painful conditions, duplicity has been exposed.

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It’s All About Being a Parent

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While Easter 2020 takes special meaning this year during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to tap reality’s shoulder for a moment to remind it of another resurrection from the dead, that of being a parent. This is in part out of respect for those…

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Newton’s Third Law and Opioid Hysteria

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What’s wrong with this picture, plenty and you can do your part this fall by voting in the people who will sit down and have an honest conversation about such issues.

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Suicide Rates up 24% from 1999-2014

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Share the News            LikeBy R Carter Behind the headlines of the opioid crisis, regardless of cause, hides a more sinister and less understood problem, a 24% increase in suicides for both males and females in all age groups under 75. There are hints of this in the number of overdose deaths…

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The US Opioid Crisis – Misdiagnosed, Mistreated and Mismanaged Part Two

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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.

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The US Opioid Crisis – Misdiagnosed, Mistreated and Mismanaged Part One

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In this series of articles I will attempt to update the historical context of how the opioid crisis began, the forces which contributed to it and how it evolved. This is a look backwards based on what we’ve learned. The growing body of evidence paints a picture which is anything but a simple prescribing problem. The other question I’ll ask is who profits from how we got here and who profits from the methods used to address it.

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Surgeon Calls for Powerful Patient Union with Actionable Liability Levers

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Share the News            Likehttps://opmed.doximity.com/articles/the-american-patient-defense-union-the-time-has-come-7818424cf1b1?_csrf_attempted=yes&fbclid=IwAR2BbC3HBoChi_fxyG4_2vhT31b_yLPlZjIOVmBT-QZ2_Lf9RTyRF-VhRJQ This is a topic which is timely and well presented from an inside source. Hooman Noorchashm, MD PhD • Thoracic Surgery shares his views on creating a union for patients of the our healthcare system. For the past 4 years I’ve been living in a crucible from…

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What the Frack Oklahoma!

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Share the News            LikeBy R Carter To borrow a term from Battlestar Galactica, you know what I mean. I’m a native Oklahoman and lived there most of my life up until about three years ago, so I feel I have some latitude here to voice an opinion. Back in the 80’s…

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Seventy One Thousand Nine Hundred and Thirty Two, Fifty Three Million and 2024

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There are 71,932 documented medical conditions in the ICD-10 diagnostic manual. These are all the medical condition which can be billed for by a healthcare professional. Two thirds (2/3) of those list pain as either a presenting symptom or consequence of treatment. One third (1/3) of these have pain severe enough to be treated with narcotic pain medication.

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Where’s the Evidence?

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It is not that difficult, the tools are available, the PDMP data is already being collected, we should be demanding the release of this information. Then, the only justification for using fixed caps and limits on chronic pain patients would be stupidity, prejudice or bigotry. 

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