800 pts thrown into “chronic pain hell” by judicial system

Jurors hear opening arguments in Christensen trial http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/keci/jurors-hear-opening-arguments-in-christensen-trial/644085796 HAMILTON, Mont. – Jurors heard opening arguments in the drug trial of Dr. Chris Christensen in Hamilton District Court Monday. The Florence doctor is accused of causing the deaths of two patients, endangering the lives of nine other patients and of distributing dangerous drugs. Christensen’s clinic was […]

ILLEGAL FENTANYL: 65 percent of the agency’s opioid identifications in the second quarter this year

Fentanyl’s ferocious proliferation http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2017/10/31/Fentanyl-s-ferocious-proliferation/stories/201710310064 The face of America’s opioid crisis is shifting rapidly. An emerging-threats report prepared by the Drug Enforcement Administration and marked “for official use only” notes that fentanyl — variants of which can be as much as 10,000 times stronger than morphine — made up 65 percent of the agency’s opioid identifications […]

Opioid distributors say they won’t be epidemic ‘scapegoats’

Opioid distributors say they won’t be epidemic ‘scapegoats’ http://www.timesnews.net/Health-Care/2017/10/30/Opioid-distributors-say-they-won-t-be-epidemic-scapegoats.html ROGERSVILLE — Lawyers may have them in their cross hairs, but opioid distributors say they won’t be the “scapegoats” for the opioid epidemic of the past decade.  Last week, Hawkins County joined a growing list of Tennessee counties that will be filing federal nuisance lawsuits against […]

State of WASH: opiates guidelines’ constitutionality being CHALLENGED by lawsuit ?

http://www.doctordeluca.com/Library/WOD/WSG/WsgComplaintFinal08.pdf If this case is successful… it could be the first domino to FALL… even before it goes to trial or is settled… it may give other law firms a idea of some other “deep pockets” to go after. THINK… many insurance companies who are limiting opiate dosing Many other various state level legislatures that […]

ACLU: illegal alien immigrants …have rights under our Constitution ? CPP’s .. NOT SO MUCH ?

For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Another young girl has been thrust into the center of a struggle with the federal government. We have her back – and I hope I can count on […]

Patients With Chronic Pain Are Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide

Patients With Chronic Pain Are Twice as Likely to Attempt Suicide http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com/chronic-pain/suicide-attempts-in-chronic-pain/article/697827/ LAS VEGAS — Patients with chronic pain are vulnerable to depression and may present with higher risk for suicide, according to findings from a literature review presented at PAINWeek 2017.1 Integration of mental health assessment during the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain […]

Investor group presses U.S. drug companies on opioid controls

Investor group presses U.S. drug companies on opioid controls http://www.reuters.com/article/us-drugs-opioids-investors/investor-group-presses-u-s-drug-companies-on-opioid-controls-idUSKBN1CZ15D BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. shareholder activists are addressing a soaring death toll from opioid drug abuse, asking companies that make and distribute the painkillers to review the risks their businesses could face from their role in the sector.   FILE PHOTO: A used needle sits […]

state of WASH: threatens Medicaid pts access to care ?

NCPA Files Brief in Washington Medicaid Lawsuit by NCPA | Oct 27, 2017 NCPA, along with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Washington State Pharmacy Association have filed a legal brief in a case that involves changes to the way that state reimburses community pharmacies that serve Medicaid patients. The suit alleges […]

Maternal Use of Acetaminophen Linked to ADHD in Kids

Maternal Use of Acetaminophen Linked to ADHD in Kids https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/887773 A pregnant woman’s use of acetaminophen may be associated with an increase in her child’s risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the authors of a large, prospective study report. “[L]ong-term acetaminophen use during pregnancy is related to more than a twofold increase in risk for offspring […]

Pain relief denied: Insurer stops covering popular therapy

http://woodtv.com/2017/10/29/pain-relief-denied-insurer-stops-covering-popular-therapy/ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Alex Ostrowski has worked hard to control her pain. Now, she fears it will control her again. “I would describe where I was at 10 years ago as a fog,” Ostrowski said. Ostrowski, now 30, was first prescribed opioids at age 14. “You’re controlling your pain, but at the […]