Two separate federal surveys show recreational use of prescription pain relievers is now at historic lows

UAB physician calls for better understanding, policy and treatment for opioid addiction http://www.uab.edu/news/focus-on-patient-care/item/7786-uab-physician-calls-for-better-understanding-policy-and-treatment-for-opioid-addiction The U.S. opioid epidemic has evolved so much in the last four years that current federal policy responses risk diminishing returns in saving human lives, according to a new peer-reviewed perspective by University of Alabama at Birmingham Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine […]

Homeopathic Medicine Labels Now Must State Products Do Not Work

Homeopathic Medicine Labels Now Must State Products Do Not Work https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/homeopathic-medicine-labels-now-must-state-products-do-not-work/? U.S. trade agency requires products say there is no scientific evidence for effectiveness By Emma Stoye, Chemistry World on November 27, 2016   Credit: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0) Over the counter homeopathic remedies sold in the US will now have […]

The Addict is Not Our Enemy

The Addict is Not Our Enemy www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2016/11/27/the-addict-is-not-our-enemy November 27, 2016 By Fred Kaeser, Guest Columnist A number of people in chronic pain support the plight of those with addiction. Yet, over the past year and a half, I have read any number of derogatory statements and comments here on Pain News Network and on its […]

SG: addiction is a DISEASE.. Republican’s health plan: doesn’t even mention treating addiction and mental health

PD Editorial: Addiction is a disease, and it can be treated http://www.pressdemocrat.com/opinion/6354431-181/pd-editorial-addiction-is-a About 21 million Americans have substance abuse disorders. They are addicted to drugs or alcohol, and their addiction is destroying their lives. Along the way, they drag down their families and place a tremendous burden on society. U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently […]

SG: all consumption of federally proscribed drugs as misuse, no matter the context or consequences.

Surgeon General’s Report Mistakenly Treats All Drug Use As a Problem Vivek Murthy does not acknowledge the possibility that nonmedical consumption of psychoactive substances could be beneficial. http://reason.com/blog/2016/11/18/surgeon-generals-report-mistakenly-treat You might think Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who acknowledges marijuana’s medical utility, has relatively enlightened views on drug policy. But a report he released yesterday reveals that […]

Belladonna extract prompts recall of #CVS homeopathic products

Belladonna extract prompts recall of CVS homeopathic products outbreaknewstoday.com/belladonna-extract-prompts-recall-cvs-homeopathic-products-35665/ Raritan Pharmaceuticals, a contract manufacturer for Homeolab USA, is voluntarily recalling homeopathic products containing belladonna extract (see products below) due to the potential for variation in the content of belladonna extract in the products. The U.S. FDA has tested some products and recovered varying levels of […]

Could this be a lesson for the chronic pain community ?

Jill Stein formally files for Wisconsin recount as fundraising effort passes $5m http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/jill-stein-to-formally-file-for-wisconsin-recount-as-fundraising-effort-nears-dollar5m/ar-AAkKPWV? The Green Party’s candidate Jill Stein… got 0.36% of the national vote… yet she… and the GREEN PARTY.. are raising money to force a vote recount in 2-3 different states. The chronic pain community may need to pay attention… sending letters, making […]

The NonWorking Disabled Aren’t “Retired”, They Can’t Work; Depression And Self-Esteem Issues Are Common.

The NonWorking Disabled Aren’t “Retired”, They Can’t Work; Depression And Self-Esteem Issues Are Common. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nonworking-disabled-arent-retired-cant-work-depression-jane-l-brown? Jane L. Brown Founder and Organizer of Disabled People Want To Meetup Too!, tax lawyer, procurement manager 1. Our departure from work is usually abrupt, unplanned You have probably planned your retirement for years and dreamed about it for decades. […]

A Battle to Change Medicare Is Brewing, Whether Trump Wants It or Not

A Battle to Change Medicare Is Brewing, Whether Trump Wants It or Not http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/a-battle-to-change-medicare-is-brewing-whether-trump-wants-it-or-not/ar-AAkIRb2? WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump once declared that campaigning for “substantial” changes to Medicare would be a political death wish. But with Election Day behind them, emboldened House Republicans say they will move forward on a years-old effort to shift Medicare […]

Is opiophobia universal/international ?

French pain patient associations and health professionals recall the urgency of new concrete measures http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2016/10/31/il-faut-ecrire-un-nouveau-chapitre-de-la-lutte-contre-la-douleur_5023175_1650684.html In an open letter, published in le Monde, to the next President of the French Republic, patient associations and health professionals recall the urgency of new concrete measures. Roughly (google) translated the article can be summarized as: We, the patient […]

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