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CPP advocates in Minnesota have been working hard to pass legislation to protect intractable pain patients.
Video of hearing on March 24, 2022. A CPP and Dr. Beth Darnall testified.
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Please join New Hampshire's Don't Punish Pain Rally Facebook page to network with other advocates from NH.
New Hampshire’s Bill, HB1639, was signed by Governor Sununu in August of 2020. It was originally created as a separate bill, SB 546, but was later added to Omnibus Bill HB1639.
The bill was created and passed with the amazing efforts of Bill Murphy, CPP advocate and original member of Don't Punish Pain Rally. When the bill was signed into law, Bill Murphy created this tweet:
"New Hampshire’s Bill, HB1639, has been signed by Governor Sununu. This Bill addresses the “Treatment of Chronic Pain”. Key sections of this legislation are attached"
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Please join Oklahoma's Don't Punish Pain Rally Facebook page to network with other CPP's in Oklahoma
Oklahoma's Intractable Pain Bill
In April 2021 Oklahoma's Bill SB57 unanimously passed the House and Senate.
Hearing About Harms From Forced Tapers
On November 1, 2021 the Oklahoma, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Controlled Substances Committee held a hearing. The purpose was to discuss an interim study that was done about rapid de-prescribing and the horrific effects it has had on patients. This was requested and organized by Tamera Stewart-P3Alliance Policy Director, Julia Heath-P3Alliance Director of Medical Initiatives, along with their leadership team.
Some of the speakers were Beth Darnall ,PhD from Stanford University, Dr. Vanila Singh, other doctors, a pharmacist, and chronic pain patients.Beth Darnall, Phd:
- "We are exposing vulnerable patients to new health risks by reducing opioid prescriptions."
- "We saw increased health problems, suicidal ideation, suicides, overdose deaths as a consequence or opioid reductions themselves."
- Dr. Darnall mentions this recent Jama study on the association of dose tapering with overdose or mental health crisis among patients prescribed long-term opioids.
- We've failed to implement patient-centered care for our most vulnerable population.