Share the News LikeBy R Carter In the United States, the opioid crisis has passed into the pages of our history and is now a mostly forgotten topic. It’s an issue I started talking about in 2019 as many in the chronic pain community had reached such levels of apathy or…
Share the News LikeA new publication from the Trust for America’s Health[i], TFAH.org, a non-partisan public health policy, research, and advocacy organization, shows that deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicides have leveled off for the first time since when records were first kept in 1999. In 2018, more than 150,000 Americans…
Once again the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrated they are more politically driven than science-driven when they acknowledged on Friday they had mixed together results from viral and antibody tests on its website, elevating the number of tests performed to check for infected individuals.
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.
Again the CDC demonstrates it is no longer driven primarily by science but by politics as the White House has put a stranglehold on the CDC’s ability to perform its primary directive, that of protecting the health of Americans. As covered in a previous post, the White House forbade the CDC from using certain words when addressing the public on its mission, one of those words being science. Facts such as this have been more than evident for those who have HIV and became a death sentence for some chronic pain patients with the publication of the CDC’s 2016 Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management. Now in the face of the worst medical crisis in our lifetime, one which doesn’t target minority or marginalized groups, the White House is doing it again, putting political gains ahead of the lives of US citizens. The only thing different from those previously mentioned is the COVID-19 virus which doesn’t target groups with specific ideological differences and this time the White House’s efforts don’t benefit any group, they only benefit one person.
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.
Federal prosecutors in 2018 wanted to criminally charge Walmart over the company’s opioid sales, but top Trump administration law-enforcement officials killed that effort, a bombshell report says. The efforts to prosecute, represent yet another example of Justice Officials wanting to hold pharmacy retailers to account after changing rules, definitions and interpretations of existing regulations and standards. Redefining what constitutes excess in prescribing and dispensing opioids began around 2010 and did not become official until the publication of the 2016 prescribing guidelines from the CDC. Even then, this standard is incomplete and ambiguous, addressing prescribing standards only for opioid-naive patients and primary care providers.
The Supreme Court will decide whether Electoral College voters have a constitutional right to cast ballots for candidates who didn’t win their state’s popular vote, the justices announced in an order on Friday.