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

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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Deaths of Despair linked to Joblessness and the Opioid Overdose Problem

New research supports the idea that economic distress sparked the opioid epidemic. But others say the true causes are far more complicated. A 2019 survey of 813 chronic pain patients, offers some insights in support of this conclusion.

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

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

https://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 hell —…

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What the Frack Oklahoma!

By 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 when someone…

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

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?

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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Medical Narcissism

Behavior which appears withdrawn or overly detached, or the provider may react to your questions with bewilderment or puzzlement and in the worst case, they will react with anger or rage, becoming verbally abusive, dismissive or condescending.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

The government has yet to prove its claim that prescription opioids were the gateway drug to the opioid crisis, its a theory but that’s all it is, it is not a fact by any stretch of imagination.

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Michael Barnes Calls for and end to Indiscriminate DOJ Raids on Doctors

This articles by Pat Anson of Pain News Networks sites the first opinion piece from a practicing attorney that I have read since I started covering the opioid crisis and it is long overdue. Counselor Barnes is a managing partner of DCBA Law & Policy, a law firm that advises healthcare providers.

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