Have you ever notice that anytime somebody wants to get something changed.. it normally involves two things MONEY .. donated to a political campaign or MONEY to pay a law firm to file a lawsuit.
President Trump tried to put a temporary ban on immigrants from a handful of middle east countries and Attorney Generals from two different states – challenged his executive orders in the courts.
Cities, counties and states have filed lawsuits against the three major drug wholesalers for the “opiate epidemic” in their particular geographic areas. They are suing business entities that do not sell any products directly to the general public. Their customer base is pharmacies, hospitals and the like.
The DEA uses laws and their interpretation of the laws (Control Substance Act 1970) to intimidate healthcare providers and my money is on the fact that many of those interpretations are actually UNCONSTITUTIONAL… but until someone challenges their constitutionality in our court system the DEA will continue to apply and enforce those laws. Keeping the 81 billion that funds the war on drugs is a pretty good incentive to maintain the status quo. A lot of paychecks are being covered with that money.
We know that there are numerous drug/alcohol treatment centers that are supporting various anti-opiate groups. Members of Congress have proposed laws that would encourage treating “addicts” with a C-III medication (suboxone) and letting them be dependent on that medication rather than being dependent on a C-II legal medication.
Those 45 million Alcoholics, 35 million Nicotine addicts, 2.1 million opiate addicts and the 100+ million chronic pain pts are just “conduits” for a whole array of business to make money.
Two things that the chronic pain community has in common is under/untreated pain and a LACK OF UNITY. Just look at the hundreds – or thousands – of Face Book pages devoted to pain and/or disease where pain is a major component.
You can also divide the chronic pain community into to groups.. those that have had their pain management meds cut and those that have yet to have their pain management meds cut.
How many chronic pain pts have contacted a law firm about suing some entity that is adversely impacting their quality of life ?… and a equal number have received a “NOT INTERESTED”… and because someone who is handicapped/disabled, elderly, unemployable… in our legal system… the value of their life is “very little” so there is no financial upside for the law firm to take the case on a contingency basis. It has been estimated that 90% of the families with a chronic pain pt… is struggling financially because one spouse can’t work and/or the cost of therapy.
Congress is currently considering a CAP on medical malpractice lawsuits damages at 250,000.. just about ensuring that no law firm will take on a case on a contingency basis. After all about 40% of Congress is attorneys.. they know what they are doing and who they are doing it to.
IMO, nothing is going to change until those in the chronic pain community gets their act together – UNIFY – create a non profit to create a legal defense fund.. With a 100 million chronic pain pts… it wouldn’t take much effort to create a legal defense fund with 5-10-15 million and I can assure you that if the chronic pain community approaches a major law firm with that much money behind them… you won’t hear “NOT INTERESTED”…
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