Trying to prevent overdose risk by increasing suicide risk is not good policy. my latest for is here
Attempting to reduce overdose risk by depriving patients of painkillers raises the odds of suicide and is both cruel and senseless.
Main message in this piece can’t be said often enough: Abruptly lowering opioid doses (or cutting patients off altogether) is terrible, terrible medicine. A few points are worth elaborating on. /1
“Millions have safely taken these drugs for years… Attempting to reduce overdose risk by raising the odds of suicide is both cruel and senseless.” When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease #opioidhysteria #chronicpain #cpp
Important piece by ⁦⁩ on why reducing #opioid prescribing alone will not solve the #overdose crisis but can cause very real harms including rising fentanyl & heroin related deaths in context of unsafe drug supply & suicide.
Truly tragic, pain patient who resorted to heroin & is brave enough to admit. Public Comment to ’s article in the :
In an effort to reduce opioid addiction, doctors are cutting back on pain pill prescriptions. But many patients with chronic pain are suffering and in some cases suicidal as a result.
patients on long-term opioid therapy are furious, and desperately trying to organize; many are being abandoned by their docs and losing access to care.
When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease
Lock-step, wholesale restrictions on opioids hurts one large group: chronic pain patients. Careful accounting by
When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease: In an effort to reduce #opioids #addiction, doctors are cutting back on #pain medication, by via
Opioid addiction is bad. So is pain. It's important to find a balance, rather than subjecting patients to agony that could be avoided.
Obscene: "In 2016, seeking to curb opioid misuse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced guidelines outlining a maximum safe dosage and strongly urging doctors to avoid prescribing for chronic pain unless death is imminent."
Honestly thought this was going to be about the Green New Deal “When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease”
“We have less mercy for people who have chronic pain and are on chronic opioids than we do for somebody who’s using heroin in the streets right now,” said Dr. Kertesz When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease
When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease -The New York Times In an effort to reduce opioid addiction doctors are cutting back on pain medication — and sometimes leaving patients to suffer (and/or commit suicide) #OpioidHysteria #DontPunishPain #ChronicPain
Impt to look at real root causes— despair, trauma, dislocation & companies taking advantage of lax regulations. 80% of ppl who misuse opioid prescriptions got them from friends & family, not drs— and most pain pts aren't addicted.
Reupping this: When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease In an effort to reduce opioid addiction doctors are cutting back on pain medication — and sometimes leaving patients to suffer (&/or commit suicide) #OpioidHysteria #DontPunishPain #ChronicPain
Re stiffing of pain patients on needed meds: "In the rush to reduce opioid misuse, it is easy to forget that millions of people have safely taken these drugs for years. Data show that less than 8 percent of chronic pain patients become addicted..."
When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease: In an effort to reduce opioid addiction, doctors are cutting back on pain medication — and sometimes leaving patients to suffer.
When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease: In an effort to reduce opioid addiction, doctors are cutting back on pain medication — and sometimes leaving patients to suffer.
Important article: When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease
Since the early '90s has been one of the smartest, important voices in America about addiction, narcotics, #HIV and now #opioids . Her latest piece is a must-read.
When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease Forced #opioid tapering and draconian regulations are causing more harm than good. See also my commentary: