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Watch Claudia interview Bev Schechtman about her experience in the hospital when she was denied pain medication for kidney stones due to being a victim of sexual abuse.
"Everything is looked at as drug-seeking. No matter we do, they think we're drug-seeking." ~ Bev Schechtman
AMA (American Medical Association) has been vocal about their view of the 2016 CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines and the changes they feel are necessary. On September 21, 2021, AMA released a report showing that while there has been a 44.4% decrease in opioid prescribing, the drug overdose epidemic has never been worse. The press release for the new report can be found here. The report also discusses how as PDMP use has greatly increased, overdoses and deaths skyrocketed. Does that mean the PDMP actually increases deaths? It's possible. This issue is discussed further in this Reason article by policy analyst, Jacob James Rich. The DOJ has put hundreds of millions of dollars into funding the PDMP. Will they stop funding the PDMP since the results are definitely less than impressive? Doubtful, but we'll see. Contrary to what anti-opioid zealots like Andrew Kolodny from PROP and Gary Mendell from Shatterproof want people to believe, AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, M.D. said “The nation’s drug overdose and death epidemic has never just been about prescription opioids.”
Caught up in a war against illicit Fentanyl and Heroin, 50 million Americans who suffer from chronic, daily pain have been marginalized and discarded.
Truth Out published an article on October, 1, 2021 regarding the DEA's recent public safety alert about the abundance of counterfeit prescription pills. Mike Ludwig's article is part of the series "The Policing of Pain: Inside the Deadly War on Opioids." This increase demand for prescription pills is largely due to a crackdown on prescribing of controlled substances. Mike explains that the link between "overprescribing" and the overdose crisisis greatly exaggerated, citing the fact that opioid prescribing has plummeted to the lowest it has been in a decade as overdoses have skyrocketed. Claudia Merandi, Founder and President of The Doctor Patient Forum, was interviewed for this article.
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
Listen to this informative and riveting interview.
Learn all about the anti-opioid zealots and how their lies have caused suffering and deaths.
"Americans have been bamboozled into believing that prescription opioids are causing the opioid epidemic." ~Claudia Merandi
In a newly published guide, federal health officials say doctors “should never abandon” pain patients and warn of acute withdrawal and other risks.
Doctors need to have a compliance plan in place in order to stay protected when prescribing scheduled drugs. Please contact Chapman Consulting Groupwith any questions.
"If you don't follow up on red flags you're being labeled as a criminal prescriber" ~Compliance Officer
"The government has chosen to target doctors instead of the cartels, who are brining in the drugs that are killing people." ~Compliance Officer
Locating a pain management doctor has become a daunting task. Click here to find one in your area.
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
An extremely important article was just posted last week on September 17, 2021. We at The Doctor Patient Forum/Don't Punish Pain have been researching the CDC Guidelines and how they were written. We specifically have focused on one of the main authors, Dr. Roger Chou. We had the privilege of collaborating with a palliative care doctor who is also on the AMA Opioid Task Force, Dr. Chad Kollas. Dr. Kollas along with a few other chronic pain patients and advocates worked together to put out this phenomenal article showing in detail the unacceptable conflicts of interests Roger Chou has, and explains in why we need a congressional investigation into how the guidelines were written. How can you help? Familiarize yourself with the content of this article, and forward it to your local legislators. your local representatives, your senators, etc. The following goals are listed at the end of the article:
Many states have prescribing laws. Read An Examination of State and Federal Opioid Analgesics and Continuing Education policies which was printed in 2020. We've also included the pdf version of the article. The purpose of the article is "To evaluate the impact of its Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) program, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requested the opioid manufacturers responsible for implementing that program provide information regarding opioid policy changes from 2016 to 2018. FDA also requested a survey of state requirements for pain and opioid prescribing continuing education (CE), the number of prescribers affected by those requirements, the extent to which a REMS-compliant CE program would meet each state’s requirements, and the number of relevant CE programs available."
We've included two charts that list prescribing laws state by state
See our Advocacy Tools to see tips on how to start the process of getting legislation in your state.
When our VP, Bev Schechtman, was denied adequate pain medication when hospitalized for kidney stones due to having been a victim of sexual abuse, she became obsessed with researching how this could happen. She learned about NarxCare and the Opioid Risk Tool. We, at The Doctor Patient Forum/Don't Punish Pain, have been researching these topics for the past four years. We've reached out to countless investigative journalists only to be shot down. Thankfully, Maia Szalavitz, an author and leader in harm reduction, was interested in telling the story of NarxCare and other risk tools. This was our first piece of national media, and we are so excited to share it with you. We suggest holding on to this article and sharing it with your local legislators. About half of the states use NarxCare, and this article can help you fight against it. Read about how our country has tried to help the "opioid crisis" by using a risk score algorithm, yet it seems they're only making matters worse.
U.S. health officials are again warning doctors against abandoning chronic pain patients by abruptly stopping their opioid prescriptions.
NarxCare, a product of a company called Appriss, is a proprietary data analytics program. It uses up to 70 data points (that only Appriss knows) and mixes them with your PDMP (prescription history) to assign a 3 digit score letting your doctor or pharmacy know if you have a high risk of abuse or overdose. According to Appriss, "NarxCare aids care teams in clinical decision making, provides support to help prevent or manage substance use disorder, and empowers states with the comprehensive platform they need to take the next step in the battle against prescription drug addiction." Essentially, NarxCare pulls data from multiple state registries looking for red flags of drug seeking behavior.
Watch Claudia interview pain patient, Connie. Connie has survived breast cancer twice, 30 surgeries, and MS, yet she's had a hard time finding a doctor to treat her pain.
"The few doctors that are brave enough (to prescribe), it's only a matter of time before they get shut down." ~Connie
"We're seeing people in hospice, palliative care, with acute injuries, kidney stones, and nobody is being treated because of the opioid elimination industry. This is a big business; there is a lot of money in suffering." ~Claudia Merandi