The chronic pain community may have lost one of its strongest advocates based on nothing more than a tweet and complaint filed by Julie Roy of upstate New York, who’s not even a patient of Dr. Kline. Like some storyline out of a WWII movie, the informant rats on an innocent man to the Gestapo, based on some misplaced idealogic motivation that she is doing something good. The victim loses their ability to care for the sick and provide a living for himself, all this in a democracy where innocence is presumed until proven guilty. Such is the nature of opioid hysteria in this country today.
Policymakers in Ontario are correcting a rule that should have never been instituted in the first place. They realized that forced tapering of pain medications is “arbitrary and inappropriate,” and decreed that physicians will no longer be required to wean patients off of prescription opioids.
The DEA has reduced the supply of opioids, to the point where it creates a shortage of injectable drugs for use in critical care hospitals. They do so believing that it will somehow reduce opioid overdose deaths, addiction and diversion. Such actions do nothing more than punish innocent people for what happens on the street and places everyone at risk at a time when they should be able to rely on critical care at their local hospital.
There’s nothing remotely funny about this persistent incompetence which has caused both suffering and death by adhering to their idiotic plan of combating addiction by strangling the supply of prescription painkillers. It’s now the world’s worst-kept secret that the plan has failed on more levels than Super M ario Brothers. But there’s always room for “improvement.” So let’s hear it for PROP, the CDC, and the DEA for helping provide us with two epidemics of two really dangerous drugs – neither of which is medically useful (1) – in place of a far less dangerous class of medicinally necessary medicines.