Our society discourages proper treatment of pain and mental health… which disease state is next ?

How Did We Come to Abandon America’s Pain Patients? https://filtermag.org/2019/07/15/abandon-americas-pain-patients/amp/ Overdoses—not those involving prescription opioids, but of heroin and illicit fentanyl, often combined with benzodiazepines—continue to go up. But opioid prescribing continues to go down. Pain patients are untreated and suffering. Pharmaceutical companies are being sued and settling. Law enforcement is cracking down on providers. […]

CDC did not follow the Federal Advisory Committee Act in developing opiate dosing guidelines

CDC’s new opioid guidelines will be used by plaintiffs bar, WLF says https://legalnewsline.com/stories/510704148-cdc-s-new-opioid-guidelines-will-be-used-by-plaintiffs-bar-wlf-says#.XSopWi6hyUg.facebook WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A Washington, D.C.-based public-interest law firm that has been outspoken about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s handling of an opioid guideline development team argues the agency’s new guidelines, which were issued this month, will “no doubt” […]

Oh-Klahoma! 8 Questions J&J Should Ask Andrew Kolodny

Oh-Klahoma! 8 Questions J&J Should Ask Andrew Kolodny https://www.acsh.org/news/2019/06/18/oh-klahoma-8-questions-jj-should-ask-andrew-kolodny-14100 The state of Oklahoma is smelling blood in the water and it is going after blood money. State Attorney General Mike Hunter has a very big “blood donor” in his sights: Johnson and Johnson, the maker and seller of opioid drugs, has been accused of deceptive marketing that contributed to the […]

Andrew Kolodny Rips National Pain Report For Unfair Reporting

Andrew Kolodny Rips National Pain Report For Unfair Reporting www.nationalpainreport.com/andrew-kolodny-rips-national-pain-report-for-unfair-reporting-8834556.html Dr. Andrew Kolodny has criticized the National Pain Report for what he calls “its unfair and false reporting” on him. He said it is “absolutely false” that he is “aggressively pushing the idea of restricting or eliminating opioid usage” as we indicated this week. “I […]

Grand Slam Article by Dr. Josh Bloom Shows True Opioid Stats

Grand Slam Article by Dr. Josh Bloom Shows True Opioid Stats www.medium.com/@heatherzamm/grand-slam-article-from-dr-josh-bloom-shows-true-opioid-statistics-a83331e84161 Government Failure Unreported by Media; Meth Deaths Triple & Then Some Since ‘11 I checked in to the ACSH website as it has been almost a month, with holidays and whatnot, and I was blown away by the article Dr. Bloom had published on December […]

cost of chronic pain to American society, based upon health care expenditures and cost of lost productivity, is $560-635 billion/year

Response to Oregon’s Tapering Guidance and Tools www.paindr.com/%ef%bb%bfresponse-to-oregons-tapering-guidance-and-tools/ We welcome guest blogger Dr. Stephen E. Nadeau, Senior Research Advisor, Alliance for the Treatment of Intractable Pain. Dr. Nadeau agreed to share his response to The Oregon Pain Guidance Clinical Advisory Group, Tapering Workgroup*. For more context, the Advisory group recently posted a set of guidelines […]

Kolodny: a psychiatrist who has no patients or couch, never treated a single patient with intractable pain, and he has never written a single prescription for an opioid drug

An Open Letter To All Who Hold Public Office In America From Painful Disease Patients View at Medium.com www.medium.com/@heatherzamm/an-open-letter-to-all-who-hold-public-office-in-america-from-painful-disease-patients-e1afebaca945 We are crying out to you today as intractable pain patients who are citizens of the United States and registered voters. We believe any measures considered to reduce the amount of pain medication permitted to intractable […]

Real Facts Behind the “Opioid Crisis” and the Abandonment of Pain Patients

This is from a national DPPR member for a handout. The Real Facts Behind the “Opioid Crisis” and the Abandonment of Pain Patients: ● Andrew Kolodny and Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing – PROP (addiction specialists with no experience treating pain) petitioned the FDA in 2012 to change opioid manufacturing guidelines for patients with non-cancer […]

An Open Letter to Dr. Andrew Kolodny

An Open Letter to Dr. Andrew Kolodny https://ramblingsoapbox.com/2018/06/26/an-open-letter-to-dr-andrew-kolodny/amp/ Update 6/27/18: I am overwhelmed by the positive responses I have received for this letter. I would ask that readers also take a look at all the articles and references cited in this piece, and share those as well. Those references go into much, much more detail […]

Kolodny: a drug (opiate) is addictive if it is prescribed for more than three days

Prescribing Opioids: How Many Are Too Many? www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/opinion/prescription-opioid-crisis.html What’s the right painkiller prescription to send home with a patient after gallbladder surgery or a cesarean section? That question is front and center as conventional approaches to pain control in the United States contribute, in the opinion of some experts, to a culture of overprescribing that […]

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