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Here are links to important helpful studies, articles, podcasts, interviews to help you when talking to legislators, media, doctors, etc. These are about the false narrative, the litigation narrative, PDMP, NarxCare, CDC Guidelines, PROP, Conflicts Of Interest, etc.
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The Opioid Crackdown Leaves Chronic Pain Patients In Limbo - The Hill
Greg Gutfeld: We Should Legalize Drugs And Here's Why - Fox News
Pain Med Prescriptions Did Not Cause The Opioid Epidemic, Courts Rule - Las Vegas news, George Knapp interviews Dr. Dan Laird
Against The Pain: The Opioid Crisis and Medication Access - NPR, radio show
PROP's Disproportionate Influence On U.S. Opioid Policy: The Harms Of Intended Consequences - Pallimed
Roger Chou's Undisclosed Conflicts Of Interest: How The CDC's 2016 Guideline For Prescribing Opioids Lost It's Clinical And Professional Integrity - Pallimed
The Pain Was Unbearable So Why Did Doctors Turn Her Away? - Wired
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs: Effects On Opioid Prescribing And Drug overdose Mortality - Reason
Dosing Discrimination: Regulating PDMP Risk Scores - Law Journal
How Fear, Misinformation, Stigma Have Devastated US Pain Patients - Filter
Physician Convicted Of Illegally Prescribing Opioids Says The DEA Has Turned Doctoring Into 'Another Aspect Of The War On Drugs.' - Chicago Tribune
How Drug Warriors Made The 'Opioid Epidemic' Deadlier- Reason
If Lawmakers Really Want To "Follow The Science" They Will Repeal Codified Opioid Guidelines - Cato Institute
A New Study Finds No Relationship Between Opioid Prescriptions And Unintentional Injury Deaths - Reason
ASA Urges Changes To Draft Updated CDC Guideline For Prescribing Opioids - ASA
Time To Revamp CDC's Problematic 2016 Opioid Rx Guideline - AMA
A New Study Finds That Reducing Pain Medication is Associated With An Increased Risk Of Overdose And Suicide - Reason
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Many of you have heard Kolodny or other anti-opioid zealots make comments like "pharma pays doctors to prescribe opioids." So first, let's address that. It is illegal for a pharmaceutical company to pay doctors specifically to prescribe their medication. What they can do, though, is pay them as "consultants" or for "speaking engagements." Do I think it's ethical? Probably not, but that's how it works. Medical device companies do the same thing. Well, actually, they often pay more than pharma, as seen in this article called "Medtechs top pharma in cash to doctors for consulting, travel.." If you ever want to look up a company and see how much they pay doctors, or look up doctors to see how much they've accepted, you can look up these two websites. Open Payments and Dollars For Docs. So, do opioid makers specifically "pay doctors to prescribe"? I would say no more than any other company does. For anyone to specifically state that companies that make opioids pay doctors to prescribe is incredibly misleading. But, that doesn't stop doctors from making that statement or from media repeating it. Why would people want to mislead the general public about opioids? It helps vilify these companies for the litigation narrative we're always talking about. This whole narrative was done in preparation for opioid litigation, which we see taking place across the country now. There are around 3,000 lawsuits that the Attorneys General have brought against pharma, pharmacies, and manufacturers.
What they don't mention is that doctors are now getting paid more money to NOT prescribe opioids? Yes, you read that correctly. BCBS of Michigan actually incentivizes doctors by paying them 35% more money if they don't prescribe opioids after certain procedures. Read all about it in this article called Fewer Opioids, More Pay: New Tack on How Doctors Prescribe Them . So, if you live in Michigan and have BCBS, this might be the reason why your surgeon isn't treating your post-op pain with opioids. I'll include the rest of the article below.