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Link to original postBy R Carter
This update on trends reflects changes on how chronic pain has been viewed and managed as America’s struggle with opioids continues. It’s often insightful to look back at how our government viewed chronic pain and compare that to how they have responded. This report from the CDC published thirteen years ago in 2006 stands in stark contrast to the 2016 CDC Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management, at a time when anti-opioid zealots had clearly gotten the upper hand. More importantly is how our healthcare system has responded, indicating what appears to be an effort to cherry pick the data which fits an ideological point of view.
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Richard A Lawhern, Ph.D., Andrea Trescot, M.D., Stephen E Nadeau, M.D.
Point papers are a long-standing tradition in military and government policy making circles. Unlike most medical journal papers, they are formatted with a minimum of verbiage to summarize an issue for decision making. The authors write in that tradition, adding references for key points. We speak on behalf of millions of people in pain and their healthcare providers, who have been predictably and unnecessarily harmed by the 2016 CDC Guidelines on prescription of opioids to adults with chronic non-cancer pain.