Did the CDC exceed its legal authority in releasing opiate dosing guidelines ?

By the very definition of the CDC’s name Center for Disease Control…  that typically involves the dealing with the treatment of diseases.. including the guideline of when/what vaccines should be given and the ability to treat or quarantine people who are contagious with a communicable disease that could cause a epidemic or pandemic.   Think potential of EBOLA outbreak in Africa and a few people that came to the USA with it.

Giving vaccines and/or treating contagious disease is typically a ONE TREATMENT PLAN FITS ALL…


So did Tom Frieden.. the former head of the CDC, over step the authority of the Federal CDC in establishing and publishing opiate dosing guidelines ?

Although the committee chosen by Frieden met behind closed doors and its members were supposedly to be kept anonymous… many names have leaked out and the committee was seemingly stacked with those who are “opiophobic” and/or had a financial vested interest in the rehab industry.

Again, since this committee seem to focus on the treatment of the mental health disease of addiction.. which is not a contagious disease and requires highly individualized treatment… once again did the CDC over step its legal authority to act ?

Did Frieden and the committee members know or should have known that they were outside of their legal authority and published these guidelines in hopes that many entities would adopt these guidelines and they would become – by sheer adoption – common practice and be considered best practices and standard of care and if anyone challenged the constitutionality of the CDC authority to issue these guidelines and was successful.. that the guidelines would be so ingrained into majority of medical practices that they would remain in place… since a prescriber can establish whatever rules they wish for their practice and if the pt is not happy with the practice’s rules they can find a another healthcare provider to take care of the pt’s needs ?

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  1. I am, along with the 100 millions of other Americans, are on the other end of opioids. I am one of these 100 million Americans who have a chronic incurable pain disease. As the CDC, DEA and Medicaid and Medicare, and numerous other government agencies, are blaming Doctors for the over prescribing of medication, NOBODY, is looking at or reading the statistics from chronic pain disease patients. How about NOT addressing these drugs as dangerous and addictive. Let’s look at them as lifesaving and medically necessary for the million of Americans with a chronic disease? Chronic pain is a disease. Chronic pain disease patients are now the epidemic. The addiction rate of chronic pain disease patients is .02-.6 %. We do not abuse our medications.
    No other disease medication is scrutinized. We, as patients, are being denied, dismissed, overlooked and discriminated against, by our physicians, due to all the scrutiny associated with treating chronic pain disease. Our Dr’s are afraid to treat us humanely and adequately. We have a disease that medication is readily accessible to us and we are being denied. We, pain patients, are being discriminated against, due to people who use illegal heroin, illegal fentanyl and place the blame on everyone but themselves. This is a witch hunt for Doctors who prescribe life saving medication for pain disease patients who benefit from this medication.
    We have a chronic disease. We want to be able to take care of our homes, our children, our selves, as much as possible, but without access to these life saving medications, we are unable to do so. We want to live not just exist in pain 24/7.
    We need the government agencies to look at the real statistics, not the hand picked. These agencies are not physicians. They are trying to doctor us patients without a medical license. They are also trying to police our physicians. This is a war on a disease for all chronic pain.
    We need help. All the headlines, topics and stories on how opioids are bad and how people are abusing and dying from them, let’s look at the good they do and how they help our disease of chronic pain and the million of Americans who use/need them to relieve pain.
    The government needs to put the focus on illegal drugs coming into and being manufactured in this country, illegal fentanyl, illegal heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and all other ILLEGAL DRUGS. Not the legally and medically necessary medications we patients need.

  2. Has anyone ever sued or challenged the CDC before??

  3. already did it in detail once. Am not gonna do it again.

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