Comments for National Compass http://www.nationalcompass.net A New Direction in National Media Tue, 22 May 2018 19:45:02 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims by Richard Cameron http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/20/pain-government-regulated/#comment-401 Tue, 22 May 2018 19:45:02 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11155#comment-401 Preston – excellent points and greatly appreciated. National Compass is going to be publishing follow up reports and taking up many of the issues you outline. We’re going to keep the pressure up on this travesty of high handed bureaucratic overreach. I also plan to have some sitdowns with at least two House members in the coming months.

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Comment on When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims by Preston http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/20/pain-government-regulated/#comment-400 Tue, 22 May 2018 11:22:01 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11155#comment-400 Thank you for writing this article. I was a “Very High-Dose” opioid patient for many years, never had any negative side effects from them, never had any issues with abuse or addiction, was always totally compliant with my meds, never called in for early refills, never doctor-shopped or obtained prescriptions from other doctors, never played any of those games, etc. Personally I don’t have any interest in drugs, getting high, and can’t stand drug abusers as they’re the ones who make life so difficult for the real pain patients. When I read the testimonies of opioid abusers and drug addicts though, I’m thoroughly disgusted. But when I read the testimonies of those who are victims of torture, e.g., POWs…those are the people I can really relate to.

But the current narrative from the CDC, CMS, OIG, HHS, Dr Andrew Kolodney, PROP, etc. though, is to make all opioid users with severe chronic pain out to be drug abusers, addicts, street pushers, criminal defrauders of the U.S. government & U.S. taxpayers, worthless ne’er do wells, people “to lazy to want to work”, etc. These descriptors couldn’t be any further from the truth when it comes to me though (as I’m sure is the case for the vast majority of chronic pain patients as well). All opioids did was allow me to function — and without ever getting high or even buzzed from them too. I guess I shouldn’t say any more about that though because then I’d sound like an “opioid success story”, and you’re not supposed to say that as it’s tantamount to heresy these days.

Now, with these inhumane and cruel CDC “Suggested Guidelines” (read: de facto laws) I feel as if I’m being tortured a lot of the time. My dose has been greatly reduced, even though my doctor was against this, and my pain now ranges between moderately-severe to outright torture. Sometimes the pain keeps me from going to sleep, sometimes I actually shake because it’s so bad, other times I can’t stop crying from the pain. My blood pressure is consistently higher now too. I rarely leave bed except to eat or go to the restroom. Yesterday I woke myself up out of my sleep twice, from my own screaming, due to the pain. While sleep does offer some relief from it, I still sense it even when asleep.

I read stories all the time of patients who’ve been cut off by their doctors for no reason, weak reasons, and made-up reasons; and doctors who have simply closed up out of fear, and thus leaving all those patients stranded w/o any pain mgmt. That scares me. Think you can just call up another doctor and get in? Think again. Not anymore. Too many pain specialists have left the field due to what the government is doing. Should anything like that happen to me, I don’t think I could handle it. I’m already at the breaking edge just as it is right now with the level of pain I’m in, and now that the CDC is being controlled by PROP and Kolodny (who just want to redefine pain patients into “opioid abusers”, which the CDC did as of January 1, 2018 for most pain patients), they just want more “opioid abusers” (read: pain patients) for the chain of rehabs that PROP & Kolodny own.

And that’s the root of the problem behind all of this. Like they always say: Follow the money.
I could see what was behind all of this and where this all was going a year or two ago. And then last night I saw a comment underneath a pain news-related article: a woman’s 70-something arthritic mother was being forcibly and entirely discontinued from all her opioid-based medications. However, if she wanted, she would at least be give buprenorphine >IF< she signed a statement saying she had OUD (Opioid Use Disorder)! In other words, she would at least be able to go through the withdrawals from a rapid detox, but only if she lied and said she had OUD.

Granted, this was only one anecdotal report, but I have a feeling it's most likely a harbinger of things to come. It would make all the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly, especially when one considers the CDC has already admitted twice now that the statistics they've been using to say the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid "epidemic" are false. That's why every time you hear that x number of people die per day from opioids, the number is always different, and ranges from between 40 and 176. It's also why the term "opioid-related" overdose/death is used. Opioid-related simply means they could have died from anything at all, it's just that some amount of an opioid was found in the person. Could have been legal, illegal, and/or mixed with other legal/illegal drugs too. What it virtually guarantees though, is that the person was NOT someone in pain management. That's because of all the constant checks and tests we have to go through. Yet pain management patients and their doctors are the ones being punished and used as convenient scapegoats or this purported "epidemic".

Also keep in mind that these statistics are the house of cards. If those aren't accurate, then there's no "epidemic", which means that chronic pain patients were viciously used as a scapegoat and punished for something they had no part in at all. All these lies over the past two years, all the propaganda, all the disinformation about chronic pain patients being the cause of the purported "opioid epidemic", all the maligning of pain patients being drug abusers by "thought leader" Kolodny and saying that any opioid-based medication is a "heroin pill" as he put it — over and over and over again. I had a feeling from the very beginning that all of this was just a way for Kolodny and PROP to get pain patients redefined as opioid abusers and then coerced into his rehabs (The Phoenix House). But what about the suicides of pain patients who cannot stand the pain? Apparently they mean nothing. Human trash in other words.

So, what I'd like to know is now that we know this was all a sham, when is the the CDC going to drop the pretext that chronic pain patients were the problem? And when are the 2016 "Suggested" Guidelines going to be rescinded since we now know they were false, conflated with illegal drug use for the purpose of making the opioid "epidemic" seem much worse than it actually is, so that chronic pain patients could be made into a pretext and a scapegoat, and the bogeyman of a drug epidemic could make the DEA more secure in their jobs, giving the public the impression they were actually doing something (when in reality they were just making the problem much worse)? And when are the threats towards pain management doctors going to stop and allow them to go back to practicing medicine?

Wake up people. PROP has been around for many years. They've always wanted to be able to redefine chronic pain patients as opioid abusers. Once Purdue Pharma dumped millions of opioids into Appalachia, and then when Florida's very weak "pill mill" laws were taken advantage of by unscrupulous doctors, some people did abuse opioids and become addicted, as would be expected. This was the opening PROP needed. With the backing of bogus studies and fake statistics, their plan to fill up The Phoenix House was on. Kolodny and PROP tried hijacking the FDA at first but failed. Then they went for the CDC and got it. That's why it seems strange that self-proclaimed "addictionologists" (not even a real medical specialty) are running the CDC — an agency that's traditionally only dealt with communicable diseases. And once PROP had hijacked the CDC, now they had big budgets in which to push their propaganda, disinformation, and lies about opioids. Ever wonder how the addiction rate suddenly went from 1% (what it's always been, proved through countries studies and across nations) suddenly to the much scarier 25% for taking just a very small amount of opioids for only three days? Easy. Just have a study invented saying what you want it to say, and since you're in charge of the CDC, use their budget to disseminate it. Wash, rinse, repeat with other bogus studies and disinformation, make sure to put a qualifier such as "as high as" in very small print, hardly even noticeable above the blaring "25%", disseminate to all doctors in the country who don't have the time to check these things out and really see what's going on, make sure the media repeats this nonsense every ten minutes across almost every channel, and pretty soon you have a country brainwashed on the fear of opioids and believing all pain patients are actually drug addicts.

But nobody seems to be noticing the suicides of chronic pain patients resulting from this though. You can be sure that the government, PROP, and the medical insurance companies don't care. That's because they've now made opioids so hard for legitimate pain patients to get that suicide is now becoming a standard way to deal with intractable pain. Anyone who thinks it's due to depression simply doesn't understand this level of pain, what chronic pain does to you, nor with what's actually going on with what the govt is doing now. Suicide is a great business model for the government and health insurance companies too (not that they'd ever admit it). Maybe that's why the CDC, PROP, Kolodny, and the health insurance companies want their meetings to be kept secret.

Want to do something? Send a FOIA request to the CDC. Tell them you want to know about the secret meetings held by them in govt buildings last year on govt property, which were attended by CDC, PROP, and health insurance companies. Ask for meeting minutes, who attended – companies, individual names, etc., and what was Kolodny's function. If you find out anything, send to PainNewsNetwork.com, Thomas Kline MD, or Red Lawhern.

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Comment on When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims by Teresa Cashman http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/20/pain-government-regulated/#comment-399 Mon, 21 May 2018 22:13:55 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11155#comment-399 Best article ever written on what is happening to chronic intractable pain patients. Thank you for telling our side of the story !

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Comment on When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims by Dana Weinberger http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/20/pain-government-regulated/#comment-398 Mon, 21 May 2018 17:46:39 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11155#comment-398 Thank you Janice for writing this for chronic pain patients who are suffering and for your mention also to Don’t Punish Pain Rally FB group! We are united in our goal of ending this war on pain patients by our government. Praying our voices are heard above the misinformation touted by the media and politicians who are playing with our very lives.

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Comment on When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims by Lawana Reynolds http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/20/pain-government-regulated/#comment-397 Mon, 21 May 2018 15:56:56 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11155#comment-397 I am always saying what about alcohol, its deaths, addictions to it ect to me way worse and it legal, I'm also hoping to see marijuana legal also for the ones who can't get access due to this crazy crisis, it can help one tremendously, but not all can use either, and if you take opiods away from the abusers their just gonna go to something else, their ones who look for the high, they will find something no matter what, and what about Meth? They tried things to stop it! And its never gonna end people will always find their ways, no matter what any of us do, not all addicts and abusers, some of us are responsible and take as prescribed, yes we the people need to fight, voice our statements, we should not suffer due to their problems]]> My pain meds have doubled this month, due ri this bull#$#@ but because I suffer with chronic pain I must pay the price, this isn’t to me a opiod crisis but a drug crisis, big differenceđź‘€ I am always saying what about alcohol, its deaths, addictions to it ect to me way worse and it legal, I’m also hoping to see marijuana legal also for the ones who can’t get access due to this crazy crisis, it can help one tremendously, but not all can use either, and if you take opiods away from the abusers their just gonna go to something else, their ones who look for the high, they will find something no matter what, and what about Meth? They tried things to stop it! And its never gonna end people will always find their ways, no matter what any of us do, not all addicts and abusers, some of us are responsible and take as prescribed, yes we the people need to fight, voice our statements, we should not suffer due to their problems

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Comment on When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims by Donna Gaddy http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/20/pain-government-regulated/#comment-396 Mon, 21 May 2018 06:00:50 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11155#comment-396 This is true. Due to government constraints, you can’t get a pain med from your pain doctor if you legitimately need it anymore. The doctor is afraid to prescribe it, so the patient has to needlessly suffer. It’s not true that hydrocodone is addictive. I was on 10 mg of it a few times a day for years. I was never addicted. It just helps pain. I had to go to the ER for years for a drug stronger than morphine—Dilaudid. I got to feel like everyone else for a few hours! It was heavenly! They were VERY concerned every time they put it in my iv. It’s often very painful getting ivs in my small veins. One time it was so bad when I had sciatica too that I didn’t care! I told them to “shove it in!” I’ve been through it for over a decade! Ironically, doctors caused my health problems. Yet, they don’t want to give me anything for pain anymore to protect themselves! I’m sorry but that’s bs! Some people reach their pain limit and do commit suicide. I went to the hospital once when another doctor had me on the wrong med for something I did not have. I wasn’t sure I could keep from committing suicide. I called Don. We went to a psych hospital. That’s how bad it was! Those people are crazy! I got out of there! I suffered at home for a week until I could see a better doctor instead of in there. This article is true! People that really need pain relief can’t get it anymore!

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Comment on When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims by William Todd Simpson http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/20/pain-government-regulated/#comment-395 Mon, 21 May 2018 03:01:44 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=11155#comment-395 Good article, but one main factor for the increased amount of prescribing opiods is definitely the implementation of Medicare prt.D. More people could afford the prescriptions=more prescribing.

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Comment on Sin Justification In The Age Of Trump by Edmond Baker Jr http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/09/sin-justification-in-age-trump/#comment-394 Tue, 15 May 2018 20:10:33 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=8288#comment-394 Amen… Sin is sin, no matter how you slice it, & no matter who’s doing it.

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Comment on How Functioning Conservatism Can Point The Way To Needed Reform by marie whaley http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/14/how-functioning-conservatism-can-point-way-needed-reform/#comment-390 Tue, 15 May 2018 00:30:11 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=8397#comment-390 This struck me as an evangelistic style presentation for an interpretation of conservatism. The “once they see the light, they’ll join the Republican party” moments are not well supported by solid arguments.

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Comment on How Functioning Conservatism Can Point The Way To Needed Reform by Ellen Elmore http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/14/how-functioning-conservatism-can-point-way-needed-reform/#comment-389 Mon, 14 May 2018 22:54:37 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=8397#comment-389 I love Phil Williams and what he is doing. I would support any ticket that he is on in 2020 and beyond. Thank you for sharing this with us Janice.
I will also support any conservative Republican candidate that runs against Trump in 2020. Although I have been a Republican all of my life, I left the party the day Trump became the presidential nominee. Trump has destroyed the former conservative Republican party and turned it into the Trumpublican party. I want no part of this party.

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Comment on Sin Justification In The Age Of Trump by Ellen Elmore http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/05/09/sin-justification-in-age-trump/#comment-386 Thu, 10 May 2018 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=8288#comment-386 Thank you Janice. I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately I know way too many Christians that justify Trump’s behavior because “he is not Hillary.” They conclude that anything Hillary could have done would be far worse. Therefore what Trump does is OK.

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Comment on Human Trafficking in the United States Part 1: A Common Situation by leigh fucci http://www.nationalcompass.net/2018/04/16/human-trafficking-united-states-common-situation/#comment-385 Thu, 10 May 2018 06:20:46 +0000 http://www.nationalcompass.net/?p=8009#comment-385 Best article I’ve read on this subject.

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