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“WE ARE NOT POWERLESS AND THROUGH OUR VIDEOS, WRITINGS, AND PHOTOGRAPHS WE WILL EXPOSE THE ABUSES AND TYRANNY OF UNITED STATES DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY
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“WE ARE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS, NOT STREET DRUG DEALERS “
Early July, I was listening to the Laura Coates Show on POTUS XM 124 and heard Sari Horwitz on the Washinton Post promoting a new book “American Cartel” based on the Opioid Industry just like an anaphylaxis shock, it stopped me in my car tracks. I pulled over and immediately dialed the call-in line to dispute this once again “FALSE NARRATIVE OF JUNK SCIENCE.”
Then came the name Joe Rannasouzzi, whom I met and debated at the National Dental Association in Chicago Ill., 2015, I realize this was the “OLD GARBAGE” of the discredited Psychiatrist Andrew Kolodny, eugenics promoter. I then said where are “Josh Bloom, Richard Lawhern, Jennifer Oliva, Jullie Killingsworth, Jeff Singer, Walter Wrenn, Claudia Merandi, Lauren Deluca, Peppermint Patti, Harvey Jenkins, Cathleen London, Yve Williams, Jay Joshi, Norman J Clement et al.”
Then came “The Morning Joe” on July 11, 2022, both Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz promoting their collection of “Dope Sick, ” “Crime of the Century,” of Opioid Rubbish.
By ALEX GERTNER
February 15, 2022
“New recommendations for addressing the opioid crisis from Stanford University and The Lancet are emblematic of the dominant approach to the crisis over the last decade, which has been focused on limiting opioid prescribing. “Hundreds of thousands of individuals have fatally overdosed on prescription opioids,” the study’s authors wrote, “and millions more have become addicted to opioids or have been harmed in other ways, either as a result of their own opioid use or someone else’s (e.g., disability, family breakdown, crime, unemployment, bereavement).”
“…Myths about the role of prescription opioids have fueled decades of misguided policies. A new report from The Stanford-Lancet Commission reinforces those falsehoods...”
The overdose crisis is indeed worse than ever—there were nearly 100,000 drug-involved overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2020—but, since 2016, the leading cause of overdose deaths has been illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids, not pharmaceutically manufactured prescription opioids. After peaking in 2011, opioid prescribing is at its lowest level since 1993. The CDC is now backtracking on its 2016 guidelines recommending strict limits on opioid use in pain treatment.”
Opioid Crisis: No Easy Fix to Its Social and Economic Determinants
Am J Public Health. 2018 February; 108(2): 182–186. PMCID: PMC5846593 Published online 2018 February. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304187
According to Nabarun Dasgupta, Ph.D., MPH, Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, and Daniel Ciccarone, MD, MPH:
“The accepted wisdom about the US opioid crisis singles out opioid analgesics as causative agents of harm, with physicians as unwitting conduits and pharmaceutical companies as selfish promoters.
Although invaluable for infection control, this vector model of drug-related harm ignores root causes.
Eroding economic opportunity, evolving approaches to pain treatment, and limited drug treatments have fueled spikes in problematic substance use, of which opioid overdose is the most visible manifestation.
By ignoring the underlying drivers of drug consumption, current interventions are aggravating its trajectory. The structural and social determinants of health framework are widely understood to be critical in responding to public health challenges.
Until we adopt this framework, we will continue to fail in our efforts to turn the tide of the opioid crisis.”
“THEY WILL NOT SNEEK THIS ONE IN”
If Congress would have done its job the narrative of this book would have long been debunked. Below is just a small sample of what occurred to Doctors under discredited DEA director Joe Rannauzussi.
Harvey Silverglate, Esq
Mr. Silverglate, a Boston criminal-defense, and civil-liberties litigator is the author of “Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent” (Encounter, second edition 2011).
June 12, 2015, 6:42 pm ET
WHEN TREATING PAIN BRINGS A CRIMINAL INDICTMENT
“Federal drug-enforcement officials have made it a serious felony for doctors to overprescribe painkillers or, as the applicable law states, to prescribe controlled substances “other than for a legitimate medical purpose and in the usual course of professional practice.” But the line between legitimate and illegitimate prescription—as drawn by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Justice Department—is far from clear. This puts physicians in great legal jeopardy and too often leaves their patients to suffer needless agony.
Last month a federal jury in Boston acquitted pain-relief specialist Dr. Joseph Zolo t and his nurse-practitioner Lisa Pliner of overprescribing oxycodone, methadone, and fentanyl.
This prosecution shows why drug warriors need either to clarify the currently indecipherable line between treating pain and unlawfully feeding drug addicts’ habits or get out of the business of policing and terrorizing physicians. Unfortunately, the government uses legal ambiguity for tactical advantage and will not readily clarify the lines it expects doctors to follow at their peril.
Dr. Zolot and Ms. Pliner were indicted in 2011 for their treatment of six patients between 2004 and 2006. They faced lengthy, consecutive sentences of up to 20 years for each count if convicted. Prosecutors alleged that the two providers recklessly dispensed narcotic painkillers without a legitimate medical purpose and were, in effect, dealing. The two pleaded not guilty, maintaining that their prescription practices were proper and that they were not responsible for their patients’ subsequent abuses. The jurors unanimously agreed.
The jury’s rebuke is not likely to end the harassment of physicians who specialize in pain management. Drug warriors collect the scalps of doctors whom they accuse of violating the laws; they have no concern in aiding in the relief of patients’ suffering.
In August 2004, after repeated urging, the DEA finally released guidance for the administration of narcotic analgesics. Its pamphlet, produced in cooperation with the medical community, was titled “Prescription Pain Medications: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals and Law Enforcement Personnel.” Even if physicians disagreed with the line between legitimate medical practice and criminal over-prescription, at least they had notice of where the government drew the line.
But the DEA’s support of the guidelines was withdrawn less than two months after they were posted on the government’s website. And so doctors were left with no official guidance about how much OxyContin is enough to relieve their patient’s pain, and how much could land them in prison. (SEE REF. END NOTES)
The DEA’s retraction coincided with the federal prosecution of Virginia pain physician Dr. William Hurwitz, who was eventually convicted. The timing struck many observers as suspicious—did prosecutors realize that Dr. Hurwitz’s lawyers could claim that his prescribing practices conformed to its guidelines? The DEA has refused to explain why it withdrew its support, and the agency has issued no further guidance.”
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END NOTES REFERENCE
see Kelly K. Dineen, Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse Concerns in Context:
24. See, e.g., HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, “NOT ALLOWED TO BE COMPASSIONATE” 3–4 (2018), https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/hhr1218_web.pdf [https://perma.cc/PKW9-A9LU] (“[T]he atmosphere around prescribing for chronic pain had become so fraught that physicians felt they must avoid opioid analgesics even in cases when it contradicted their view of what would provide the best care for their patients. In some cases, this desire to cut back on opioid prescribing translated to doctors tapering patients off their medications without patient consent, while in others it meant that physicians would no longer accept patients who had a history of needing high-dose opioids”).
25. See, e.g., Marilyn Serafini, The Physician’s Quandary with Opioids: Pain Versus Addiction, NEJM CATALYST (Apr. 26, 2018), https://catalyst.nejm.org/quandary-opioids-chronic-pain- addiction/ [https://perma.cc/J24Z-2LB4 ] (“A 78-year-old woman on the West Coast says she is so terrified of retribution against the physician prescribing her opioids that she won’t share her name. She has chronic pain from childhood polio and has had multiple back surgeries. As in other states, the health department where she lives is tracking prescribing, and that has made her physicians nervous, she says. First her primary care clinic ceased all opioid prescribing, then her pain specialist cut her off. Despite the help of patient advocates, multiple pain clinics declined to take her as a patient, while family and friends scraped together excess pills from their medicine cabinets to keep her stable until she found a specialist to prescribe for her. Now, she says, that clinician is fearful of crossing prescribing lines and has told her the clinic may not be around much longer.”); David Hanscom, Limiting Rx Opioids is Making Opioid Crisis Worse, PAIN NEWS NETWORK (Jan. 14 2019), https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2019/1/14/how-modern-medicine-pretends-to-treat-pain [https://perma.cc/X8N7-F6G7] (“Instead of exploring ways to implement effective treatments for pain, the government and medical establishment are focusing their efforts on restricting access to pain medications—with most of the focus being on the providers. Physicians are now afraid to prescribe long-term opioids, even though most of us have had patients thrive on a stable opioid regimen.”).
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, supra note 24, at iii.I generally do not distinguish between high-impact chronic pain related to cancer or non-cancer diagnoses because of the attendant false dichotomies but do so here for clarity and because nearly all prescribing policies exempt patients with cancer or terminal illness from restriction. For a more in-depth discussion of my reasoning, see Kelly K. Dineen, Addressing Prescription Opioid Abuse Concerns in Context: Synchronizing Policy Solutions to Multiple Complex Public Health
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