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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.
Rally founder, Claudia A. Merandi, discusses the difficulties the pain community is enduring accessing pain management.Click this link to view the Dr. Drew Podcast
In a newly published guide, federal health officials say doctors “should never abandon” pain patients and warn of acute withdrawal and other risks.
Locating a pain management doctor has become a daunting task. Click here to find one in your area.
We, the undersigned, stand as a unified community of stakeholders and key opinion leaders deeply concerned about forced opioid tapering in patients receiving long-term prescription opioid therapy for chronic pain. This is a large-scale humanitarian issue.
What is already known about this topic?
In 2016, opioids were involved in 42,249 U.S. overdose deaths.
What is added by this report?
Among 11 reporting states, most (58.7%) opioid overdose deaths involved illicit opioids only, followed by those where both illicit and prescription opioids were detected (18.5%); 17.4% of deaths involved prescription opioids only. Bystanders to the overdose, who could potentially intervene, were documented in 44% of deaths; however, laypersons rarely administered naloxone.
What are the implications for public health practice?
Development of overdose prevention programs should consider the types of opioids contributing to deaths, link persons to treatment during and upon release from an institution or after a nonfatal overdose, and expand naloxone distribution to laypersons.
The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA) required the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force to develop the Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations - PDF*, which identified gaps or inconsistencies, and proposed updates to best practices and recommendations for pain management, including chronic and acute pain.
Founder of the Don't Punish Pain Rally/activist's pushes pain patient legislation - Follow this link
One of the greatest threats to the pain community is the use of government-paid “experts” who tout overly restrictive prescribing practices while testifying against well-intended physicians. These “experts” put physicians in fear of prescribing pain medication under the threat of license discipline or criminal prosecution.
U.S. health officials are again warning doctors against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions.