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SURVEY: Should Opioids Be Restricted for Chronic Illness?

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Last March, the CDC issued new guidelines for prescription opioids (aka opiates, narcotics) in response to a surge in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. According to the CDC, “overprescribing opioids—largely for chronic pain—is a key driver of America’s drug-overdose epidemic” and leads to more than 40 deaths each day. Legislators in various states have responded to the CDC's announcement by imposing legal restrictions on physicians who prescribe these painkillers.

While dependency and overdosing are serious problems associated with opioids, patients who need prescription painkillers to control persistent pain that does not respond to over-the-counter medications may be harmed by legislation that restricts their access to effective pain blockers. These are patients who suffer from fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), chronic back pain, TMJ disorder, traumatic injuries, and conditions involving the nervous system. These conditions will not resolve after short courses of medication and may not be responsive to other forms of treatment.

ProHealth would like to know your views. Do you have a condition that requires long-term use of opioids? Have other medications or techniques helped you? Do you think the current restrictions will help or harm patients?

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One thought on “SURVEY: Should Opioids Be Restricted for Chronic Illness?”

  1. rakiethebird says:

    Already I know of 2 instances where chronic pain patients were “cold turkeyed” off their opiate prescriptions for no reason other than their clinics decided to use the Guidelines as an excuse to GET RID OF THESE PATIENTS. It would seem the CDC is more worried about death by the very small overdose/misuse in this cohort than they are about the suffering caused by withdrawal, or suicide from people losing the only viable means for controlling relentless overwhelming pain. Rather like the so-called “pro-life” movement, they only worry about human life at one stage and are quite happy to let people suffer for the rest of their lives.

    If the CDC were sincere, there would have been an honest effort to supply viable alternative means to address the patients’ needs. This just cuts them off, sets the adrift to cope with all the issues that their opiate prescription solved like ability to work and sustain themselves and an ability to live a quality life. Alternatives like LD Naltrexone have been stopped mid-trial cycle because there is no profit for Big PHARMA. Medicinal marijuana is illegal in most states, despite being federally legal.

    AS a chronic pain patient who has been on a stable light opiate protocol for 20 years, I now live in fear of my next renewal appointment. Thanks for the additional stress, CDC, I guess you don’t care about exacerbating pain symptoms by introducing fear and anxiety in the lives of 10 million people either.

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