It Can Happen To You

Many people in the U.S. are in pain, in fact, it's likely you or someone you know will experience it this year.  Often opioids are prescribed based on the nature and severity of the medical condition.  Yet these days myths exist regarding the use and abuse of opioids – often the most effective medications to fight certain types of pain.  Individuals legally taking opioids have a low rate of abuse or addiction regardless of the related medical condition.  And other misconceptions abound – even regarding the number of people who die from an overdose, as based on these revised CDC figures which puts the true rate of overdoses involving prescription opioids at half their original number.  In spite of this, inhumane policy actions resulted in people being forced off their medications.  Hospitals are even lowering the amount of pain medications to people post-surgically for invasive and aggressive surgical procedures. 

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 Fighting the wrong battle

While government officials spend countless hours trying to further ratchet down prescription opioids, overdoses continue to soar.  This trend is because it has been illicit fentanyl – not prescribed opioids – which has caused these numbers to spike.  Meanwhile, individuals who really need this medication to have some respite from their pain - or whose prescription opioids enables them to live some semblance of a normal life are losing access due primarily to the CDC Guidelines for Opioid Prescribing.  These "guidelines" have quickly become ad hoc law with many government agencies and states resulting in pain patients being forced off opioids, often cold turkey.

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