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Note from Tim Bolen – Our newest writer, Jonelle Elgeway, is, due to personal experience (major injuries), an EXPERT on US Pain Management issues. Jonelle was on the 1996 Olympic Field Hockey Team. With the Opioid Crisis sweeping the nation I recruited Jonelle to give us an “Insiders View” of what’s happening. When I first read her draft article (below) I was astounded to find out how bad the OFFICIAL US Pain Management system really is. Jonelle is addressing Congress April 25th, 2018 on pain issues- Below is why she is doing that.
There is no playbook on what to do when your life is turned upside down and inside out from a life altering car accident or major health issue. YOU’RE SCARED!
And you would expect that living in the United States the healthcare system would be there to not only save your life, but give you effective treatments and medications.
The United States healthcare system STINKS! And WE need to change it!
One of the biggest current U.S. healthcare FAILS is the so called “Opioid Crisis.”
First off, the United States isn’t dealing with a prescription opioid crisis.
It’s not even a heroin crisis.
The United States is currently in an Illicitly Manufactured Fentanyl Crisis.
In 2016 the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) created guidelines for primary care physicians prescribing for patients that are first time prescription pain medication users. The group of panelists were primarily made up of the Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) specializing in substance abuse.
Somehow these guidelines were taken as law and have created an out of control brush fire that’s turned into a forest fire, focusing on patients needing pain medication to have any quality of life.
How the “Opioid Epidemic” all started and the SCARY TRUTH about Illicit Manufactured Fentanyl (IMF)
1996 OxyContin was marketed as a low habit forming pain medication.
In 2010 the reformulation of OxyContin forced illegal pill users to turn to heroin, due to the tamper resistant pills.
In 2011-2012 the CDC states that heroin use took off. Debra Dowel from the CDC testified that we are now in an era of synthetic drugs.
China and Mexico now creates and illegally exports carfentanyl, which is an analog of the synthetic analgesic fentanyl. A unit of carfentanyl is 100 times as potent as the same amount of fentanyl, 5,000 times as potent as a unit of heroin and 10,000 times as potent as a unit of morphine. They have changed the molecules of heroin just enough that illegal drug users are able to get that “original high” that they always chase. We need to let the public know how dangerous this is.
All street drugs are showing up with IMF and essentially are POISONED!
To Main Stream Media and the White House… IMF IS YOUR PROBLEM! We must warn the public that they are playing Russian Roulette when buying anything from the streets. Recently one county in Ohio stated that 99% of the overdoses were different types of carfentanyl. Only 3 cases were plain heroin.
Who is being affected?
There are 116 million chronic pain patients in the U.S.
There are 25-26 million intractable pain patients, which are noncancerous rare and painful diseases like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Arachnoiditis and Rheumatoid Arthritis to name a few.
Out of these intractable pain patients, 5-6 million patients have been stripped of their pain medications due to forced tapers or forced reductions because of the CDC Guidelines. This was supposed to be about overdoses and addiction wasn’t it?
Instead this is causing entirely new issues.
Three things will happen to these patients… 1) They will commit suicide 2) They will turn to street drugs, which they won’t know what they are getting, leading to possibly more overdoses 3) More health issues will be created from having high levels of out of control pain for long periods of time such as; heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, cancers and auto immune issues.
How do we fix this issue?
(1) Lawmakers should start by NOT creating any new laws or policies with data used from the CDC, because we now know that the CDC data is flawed and manipulated. The CDC recently admitted that they inflated the overdose numbers.
(2) The CDC guidelines should be revoked and instead use the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) written by doctors and medical boards specializing in pain management. When chronic pain patients use their medication properly, they rarely become addicted. Within the US there are less than 2% of the population that become addicts. This number hasn’t changed in the last 60 years.
(3) Many states now accept and doctors need to use a Palliative Care Certificate and Exceptions. This will allow doctors to prescribe pain medication over the CDC guidelines of 90 mme. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plan to use the CDC guidelines, which have NO scientific studies supporting that CDC’s 90 mme or CMS’s 200 mme levels are dangerous and will cause overdose or addiction for intractable pain patients. Again, there are no studies! In fact, FDA scientists did a study finding that there is no difference between pain from cancer and noncancerous pain.
(4) Doctors should be given reimbursements as a palliative care visit instead of an office visit.
(5) Fund programs to help build institutions like what the VA or other countries are setting up all over the world to take care of patients properly through multidisciplinary programs. Let’s be real about the limitations on alternative therapies within the US, if doctors provide them, health insurance doesn’t cover them.
(6) Fund education for physicians on how to properly use pain medication and deal with patients having rare and painful diseases and chronic health issues.
(7) Create harm reduction strategies for people with substance abuse issues.
(8) Stop trade with Mexico and China until they deal with their illegal trade of IMF.
There is no “One Size Fits All” approach to pain management…
The is a really SIMPLE issue with a SIMPLE solution. Allow patients to have access to the correct medications and treatments that they need to have any quality of life.
Intractable pain patients dealing with severe and painful diseases are not a one-size-fits-all. They are not going to become addicts or overdose on the pain medication that they safely have taken for many years.
We need to let doctors treat their patients how they deem fit. The government needs to realize the real battle is with IMF coming in from Mexico and China!