Shasta Rayne calls out the bureaucrats on their calculated war on pts

Shasta is good at going thru reams of printed material and condensing the information down. She works with facts, I have been a student of our bureaucracy for 30 + yrs… I read what they put to print… but.. often it is what is “between the lines”… I listen to what they say… but.. often it is more important in what they DON’T SAY.  There is some 2 million federal employees … most we will never hear their name, never see their face, but they are working in the “background” and ” off the radar”.  The primary function of a bureaucrat and the bureaucracy is to perpetuate and grow the bureaucracy.

The DEA started with 1200 employees in 1973… today they have over 12,000 employees and it is claimed that > 50% work at a desk. The question has to be asked… how do you arrest members of the various cartels … sitting at a desk ?

The CDC opiate dosing guidelines seem to be a just a mid-way point in a much longer battle/goal…. I have been talking about civil rights violations under American with Disability Act and Civil Rights Act for several years…

All of this may have started about TWENTY YEARS AGO… when Congress passed a law “Decade of pain” that started in early 2000.  Healthcare professionals were told it was mandatory to treat pain as a 5th vital sign.  The Joint Commission (JC) jumped on this with both feet, which meant that all the hospitals – nearly 100% – had to make sure that pt’s pain management was taken seriously and JC made it a MAJOR STANDARD… meaning if a hospital failed to meet this standard … they risked losing their accreditation… which is necessary for hospitals to have “deemed status” and able to bill for services provided to Medicare/Medicaid pts…  typically about 70%+ of a hospital revenue.

I am sure than a large number of con artists got controlled substances from well meaning prescribers and a lot from prescribers who were not so well meaning, but was more focused on the money they could generate.

This “decade of pain law” expired as a new President was just coming to office… Bush (43) was “tapped out”… in 2009 we were going to get a NEW PRESIDENT. Was it a coincident that we had a new Democratic President and a Democratic controlled Congress and in 12 months the decade of pain law was to expire.  The Congress did not renew that law and Obama signed “Obamacare” into law a few months later.

Was the decade of pain law a “set up” for the idea that prescribed opiates causes a lot of addictions ?  We know that we have 30-40 million people addicted to the two drugs alcohol and Nicotine.. could it be that we really have a untreated mental health epidemic and substance abuse and this decade of pain law and careless prescribing and prescribing driven by prescriber’s greed.

We have to remember that Congress is generally 40% attorneys and Congress created the controlled substance act and assigned this law to be handled by law enforcement and the only tool that law enforcement has to deal with the mental health issues of substance abuse is jail/prison.  The Obama administration was headed by a “trinity” of attorneys – Obama, Biden & Holder.  Biden graduated 5 yrs before the Controlled Substance Act and the other two afterwards… but the “brainwashing” of everyone dealing with controlled substances,  back in the early 70’s and going forward was pretty intense back then.

Tom Frieden the then head of the CDC and Kolondy were coworkers in their younger years and it has been reported that Kolondy first took this “opiate dosing guidelines” to the FDA and reportedly told him to “get lost”…  Frieden, probably expected that he would be replaced with a new administration coming into power in 2017.  Was he trying to help a old friend, or just trying to “make his mark” before he left ?

Chronic painers and substance abusers have a few things in common, both are dealing with a disease/illness – one if physical and other other is mental health.  As Shasta pointed out, “they” are just trying to make the chronic painers  functional… and… that is the same things that they are trying to do with substance abusers…  If they are successful, a couple of things could happen… all of these people could get back into the work force and start paying taxes – getting off Medicare/Medicaid rolls and the cost of their health issues will be pushed onto their employers’ health insurance costs and the private insurance industry and SS & Medicare starts getting an increased inflow of money.

A lot of dollars are going to be moved from the bureaucracy’s balance sheet and on to the profit and loss statement of public businesses.

Just have to follow the money trail ?

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  1. one thing that has ticked me off ever since the whole “decade of pain” thing started, & is now being blamed for creating billions of addicts, is that even during the period when supposedly doctors were falling all over themselves to treat pain, I always ran into the ones that didn’t get the memo. From the mid 90s til around 2011, I went to ERs maybe 12 times, when my migraines got so severe that I was wanting to kill myself if only I wasn’t in too much pain to stand up or do anything at all. I don’t consider 12 visits in about 25 years as evidence that I was a “frequent flyer”/drug seeker/addict. Of those 12 times, I actually received help instead of vicious (sometimes literally screaming) abuse TWICE. i haven’t gotten abused by ER doctors since, because I’d rather die than go to an ER again for any reason; if I’m going to croak, I’d just as soon not have the people that are supposed to be helping me calling me vicious names instead as I shuffle off the proverbial mortal coil. With luck, I’ll get to haunt every SOB who abused me & every one who created this BS opioid hysteria.

    • Absolutely , although I only went twice to the er in my 15 years or mor dealing with my debilitating pain. I went once because I fell after getting thr non FDA approved epidural shot and that I had a reaction to and fell down my steps. I was to go to the er for xray but was treated horrifically. Was verbally yelled at and told over 10 x cant give you narcotic pain meds even though I didnt ask for any , I was simply answering their question do you have any pain which it was 7out of 10 which wnit as around my normal for my debilitating intractable chronic pain. But again I didnt ask for anything which I stated I am here for an cray . Although if they were compassionate they could have given toradol iv which wasnt a narcotic but an anti inflammatory med . (,I csnt take oral NSAIDS ) but they were too busy repeating themselves about not giving narcotic pain meds the compassion was thrown out the window. I was belittle by the er doctor (who also was the er director at the time again about pain meds when I didnt ask) he proceeded to throw some tylenol my way as I said again I’m here for an xray ( which costs a hell of alot more money for my ins but makes them money) I was by thos time really now hurting ,then numbing from the epidural procedure had warn off , I’m tired and sick to death of explaining myself why I was their . And if he even read my chart prior t on coming in he wouldnt have thrown tylenol at me because he would have seen I take percocet which has tylenol in it. But again moreceorried about telling me what they cabt give because the only thing ant of th4m read on my chart or saw was that I. A 15 year or more sufer with debilitating intractable chronic pain that’s all they needed to see !!that was back in the 2000’s

  2. THANK YOU SHASTA FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FIGHTING FOR CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS WHO ARE SUFFERING THANK YOU TO STEVE
    THIS IS THE COMMENT I SENT TO THE CDC

    kimmarie a few seconds ago

    THE COMMENT I MADE HAD NO VULGAR. ABUSIVE OR RACIST LANGUAGE SO PLEASE DON’T DELETE. THANK YOU

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    kimmarie4 minutes ago

    IF THE CDC KNEW THAT IT WAS ILLEGAL FENTANYL THAT WAS KILLING ADDICTS. WHY DID THEY BLAME CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS AND VETERANS AND STOP OR LOWER OUR PAIN MEDICATIONS THAT WE DESPERATELY NEEDED TO RELIEVE TERRIBLE UNBEARABLE PAIN AND TORTURE US TO THE POINT OF TAKING OUR OWN LIVES BECAUSE WE CAN’T HANDLE THE PAIN .PLEASE HELP US. IM SUFFERING 24/7 .IVE TRIED EVERYTHING TO GET OUT OF PAIN AND THE LADY I HAVE FOR MEDICARE KNOWS EVERYTHING I TRIED SHE COULDN’T THINK OF ANYTHING MORE I COULD OF TRIED. PAIN MEDICATIONS ARE THE ONLY THING THAT WORKS AND RELIEVES THE PAIN ..WE ARE ALL OUT HERE SUFFERING AND KILLING OURSELVES..PLEASE GIVE US BACK OUR MEDICATIONS. I WOULD OF NEVER BELIEVED THAT YOU COULD BE IN THIS MUCH HORRIFIC PAIN AND SUFFERING FOR YEARS AND YEARS UNTIL IT HAPPENED TO ME WHEN YOU OR YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS END UP IN A BAD ACCIDENT OR BAD SURGERY OR DISEASE AND YOU GET CHRONIC PAIN YOU WILL SUFFER TO UNTIL YOUR DEATH. 
    CHRONIC PAIN IS THE WORST PAIN IMAGINABLE EVERYDAY AND IT NEVER STOPS LIKE IT SHOULD OUR PAIN SIGNALS DON’T TURN OFF LIKE THEY SHOULD. WHY BEING IN CHRONIC PAIN IS SUCH A CRIME THAT WE ARE PUNISHED FOR. WE DID NOT CHOOSE THIS LIVE OF PAIN BUT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR LIVES BY HELPING US WITH THE MEDICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR DECADES AND DON’T HARM US .LEAVING US IN PAIN DISTROYS US PHYSICALLY MENTALLY AND EMOTIONALLY. CAUSING US SO MANY HEALTH PROBLEMS OUR HEARTS ARE BODIES FROM NOT BEING ABLE TO MOVE OR TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES. IT CAUSES TRAMADIC STRESS SYNDROME..PANIC ATTACKS..ISOLATION. LONELINESS. BROKEN HEART. 
    IT STEALS OUR LIVES ARE HOPES & DREAMS OF HOLDING AND LOVING OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND IT HURTS THEM THEY FEEL HOPELESS TOO THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO HELP US . WE CAN’T GO ANYWHERE OR DO ANYTHING. WE’RE LOCKED IN A BODY OF THE WORST PAIN IMAGINABLE. AND LONELINESS. PLEASE DON’T FORGET ME OR ALL OF US WE ARE DEPENDING ON YOU IF WE LIVE OR DIE………..HELP ME….DON’T FORGET US OUT HERE IN PAIN..

  3. If legitimate incurable severe pain sufferers only get into trouble with their prescription at %0.6. The remedy would seem to be using an improved system of qualification, for them at least. Certainly the need to treat acute severe pain in the young and old similarly needs compassionate dosing. Who knows what will happen and when with Opio-phobia now part of the air everyone breaths. And I don’t think there are enough level heads in Washington or in Doctor’s offices for a quick solution.

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