chronic pain pts: committing suicide as they see their lives turned upside down by doctors pressured to reduce

As a physician, I urge other doctors to cut back on prescribing opioids http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/326095-as-a-physician-i-urge-other-doctors-to-cut-back-on-prescribing Recently I met with a woman, a casualty of our nation’s clumsy efforts to curb its opioid crisis. Her story shows how a myopic fascination with numeric targets, which caused so much harm as our prescribing went up, is likely to […]

ACLU: defending legit pts or substance abusers or BOTH ?

ACLU Fights Against Warrantless Searches of Drug Database https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/03/27/us/ap-us-dea-lawsuit-prescription-drug-database.html SALT LAKE CITY — The American Civil Liberties Union and Utah state officials are arguing that a judge’s recommendation to allow the Drug Enforcement Administration to do warrantless searches of a prescription drug database violates people’s privacy rights, the ACLU said Monday. Safeguards are needed for […]

The DEA’s Approval of This Drug Highlights Its Own Hypocrisy

The DEA’s Approval of This Drug Highlights Its Own Hypocrisy http://www.attn.com/stories/15965/dea-approves-synthetic-marijuana In the eyes of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), not all weed is created equal. When its grown and used in its natural plant form, marijuana is an illegal and highly addictive drug with no accepted medical value, according to the agency. But when […]

Greenwich family sues drug company after overdose death of son

Greenwich family sues drug company after overdose death of son http://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Greenwich-family-sues-drug-company-after-overdose-11031478.php GREENWICH — A lawsuit has been filed by the parents of a Greenwich college student who died of a heroin overdose against the manufacturer of a prescription drug they claim led to his death. Laurence and Michelle Allen are suing the makers of Suboxone, […]

Fine line between appropriate pt care and pt abuse/neglect

I pulled the bottom quote from a large law firm’s website in Louisville, KY.  The question has to be asked… isn’t some of the verbiage from this law firm’s website that describes pt abuse would also describe how many pts that have a medical necessity to be prescribed controlled substances are being treated by a […]

The CDC blamed over 33,000 deaths on opioids in 2015, less than half of which were linked to pain medicatio

CDC: Painkillers No Longer Driving Opioid Epidemic www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2017/3/26/cdc-painkillers-no-longer-driving-opioid-epidemic By Pat Anson, Editor A top official for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has acknowledged that prescription painkillers are no longer the driving force behind the nation’s so-called opioid epidemic. In testimony last week at a congressional hearing, Debra Houry, MD, Director of the CDC’s […]

USA: we don’t worry about any HUMAN RIGHTS ?

In an Unprecedented No-Show, the U.S. Pulls Out of Planned Human Rights Hearing https://www.aclu.org/blog/speak-freely/unprecedented-no-show-us-pulls-out-planned-human-rights-hearing The United States has pulled its participation from hearings planned for today by a regional human rights body that has enjoyed the support of every U.S. administration since its founding. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is meeting in Washington, D.C., […]

Requested by a reader for me to post about MMJ Petition in NC

North Carolina: Medical Marijuana Legislation Filed http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/51046/p/dia/action3/common/public/ Click on above link to go to petition Update: HB 185 passed the first reading and has been referred to committee. Rep. John Autry has filed comprehensive legislation to legalize patients use of and access to medical marijuana. HB 185, the North Carolina Medical Cannabis Act, permits qualified […]

Opioids Kill Pain, Not People!

Opioids Kill Pain, Not People! nationalpainreport.com/opioids-kill-pain-not-people-8833207.html By Suzanne Stewart I wanted to write something to enlighten the non-pain community as well as those who are in pain but are either new to the pain or have not had much of a relationship or experience with Opioids. Opioids can cause “dependence” just the same as many […]

Convenience Store Cigarette Sales Grew in 2015

Convenience Store Cigarette Sales Grew in 2015 https://www.medpagetoday.com/pulmonology/smoking/63753 Cigarette sales in the nation’s convenience stores rose slightly in 2015, marking the first sales increase in a decade, CDC researchers said. An analysis of sales trends for conventional and electronic cigarettes from the fall of 2011 through 2015 showed a small, but statistically significant, overall decrease […]

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