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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.
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.
Behavior which appears withdrawn or overly detached, or the provider may react to your questions with bewilderment or puzzlement and in the worst case, they will react with anger or rage,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.
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.
Conversations and articles have been popping up around the internet about Facebook’s censorship of pages, posts or comments which may be related to pro-opioid points of view.
So what are our healthcare professional and law enforcement agencies failing to recognize in their efforts to balance combating opioid abuse while humanely and responsibly managing chronic pain conditions for the public?
With an estimated twenty million Americans now tapered down or terminated off of pain medication, medication which was used to remain employed as productive members of society, as members who paid into the system rather than drawing from it, our current national policy on restricting access to opioids to those with legitimate medical need, creates a new class of disenfranchised citizen.
Researcher bias can confine results to outcomes which support pre-experimental beliefs and then contributes to misinformation which taints the remainder of the scientific community