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“IF YOU EVER THINK YOU ARE TOO SMALL TO MAKE A CHANGE, THEN YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN IN BED WITH A MOSQUITO”
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THEY DON’T FEEL OUR PAIN
Julie Killingworth, Sarcoidosis Sufferer, Incurable Disabled Activist, and Native New Yorker. writes:
The CDC and the DEA have criminalized the treatment of my disease condition and these two United States agencies are directly responsible for causing needless suffering and needless deaths since 2016 in this country or for that matter around the world.
This is notwithstanding that thousands of medical providers, pharmacists, nurses have been imprisoned, loss their professional licenses, and billions of dollars of their properties illegally seized by this massive government fraud and overreach.
JOSH BLOOM Ph.D. wrote:
“A recent article in The Washington Post demonstrates that when opioid medications become less available to veterans, suicide rates go up. And not by a little. This only serves to further show the extent of damage done by foolish U.S. drug policies“
A recent perspective piece in the Washington Post is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the so-called “opioid epidemic.” Authors Benjamin Cowan and Joshua Tibbitts wrote about the link between increased suicides in veterans impact and reduction of their prescription opioids. Finally! Someone gets it.
Can this article help reframe the thoroughly false narrative that prescription pills are killing tens of thousands of Americans every year? For the most part, the article is accurate. Nonetheless, there are a few statements that need to be examined.
As I and many others have been writing for years, what is being called the “opioid crisis” is now two separate crises:
1) a surge in overdose deaths (primarily caused by illicit fentanyl), and
2) the restriction of prescription painkillers, even to people with genuine medical needs.
Our woefully misguided policies are based on the false hope that #2 will have any bearing on #1. It is now indisputable that this approach has been a dismal failure, something that ACSH advisor Dr. Jeffrey Singer and I made clear in our recent op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
THE AMERICAN AGONY
Dr. Helen Borel writes in her book The American Agony: The Opioid War Against Patients in Pain;
“Due to lawless United States Department of Justice (DOJ) tactics from New York to Los Angeles, pain doctors are retiring, and Pain Patients are Dying.
Unconscionable DOJ actions-forcing patients in pain to give up their well-working opioid analgesic, forcing doctors to meet some ridiculous fictitious dosage diminishment that are too low for pain relief, destroying millions of Intractable Pain Patients (IPP) lives, and being okay with the growing numbers of suicides due to despair of ever being pain free-these are not okay.
That is according to Jeff Singer MD a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and Josh Bloom PH.D., American Council on Science and Health, ” no comfort to the people who risked their lives to protect our freedom yet are driven to suicide by under-treated pain.”
All have concluded, ” It’s time to discard false narratives that drive opioid policy and embrace the evidence: our policy increases overdoses among non-medical drug users while it condemns patients to a life of pain and mental anguish. Patients deserve pain relief — especially those who chose to defend us.”
OXYCODONE BECOMES DANGEROUS WHEN ABUSED THEN USED DANGEROUSLY
Narcotic Analgesic Medications (NAM) will result in dependency when prescribed and used for long-term chronic pain. Therefore, it then becomes the Pharmacist’s role to inform the patient who is being treated for chronic pain on how to use this class of medications correctly to ensure their safety.
For example, Oxycodone is a very effective medication for treating chronic pain when used and taken at a therapeutic dose. Oxycodone is effective against most chronic pain generated from the central nervous system. However, as with any medication used to treat a chronic condition to sustain life, the patient may become permanently dependent on these medication classes for the rest of their life.
These medications are safe when used correctly, and like all medications controlled or non-controlled when taken beyond their therapeutic dosages are dangerous and may result in death. The literature clearly shows death due to drug toxicity will likely occur when prescription narcotic analgesic medications are taken beyond their therapeutic amounts or commitment use with alcohol or other substances.
To date, except in the case of extreme anaphylaxis, there is no case within the literature where individuals have succumbed to death when given a therapeutic dose of a medically prescribed Narcotic Analgesic Medication (NAM).
FOR NOW, YOU ARE WITHIN