The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and Association for Clinical Oncology thank the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for its willingness to engage with us to ensure that controlled substances (CII) supplies are meeting the nation’s healthcare needs. As DEA is aware, COVID-19 is straining hospital systems across the country to the breaking point. While the shortages of personal protective equipment and ventilators have been well-documented in the press, hospitals are also facing looming shortages of the supportive CIIs that are necessary to mechanically ventilate patients safely and effectively. Link to PDF letter download available at end of post.
Original article published March 10, 2020 by Pain News Network
The State Medical Board of North Carolina has demanded the surrender of the DEA License from a practicing pain specialist based on a social media Tweet, the first event of its kind by all known accounts in this age of opioid hysteria.
Julie Roy, a resident of upstate New York, has never been treated by Dr. Thomas Kline, a practicing pain specialist living in North Carolina, neither does Roy have any personal knowledge or relationship with the physician or any of his patients. By all the evidence available, her social media attack is based on the fact that she lost a family member to an overdose and trolls the internet looking for those who are proponents of treating chronic pain conditions with opioids.