Draconian Opioid Crackdown Produces Collateral Victims And Unnecessary Trauma For Chronic Pain Sufferers

photo of protest against opioid crackdown that has deprived chronic pain sufferers the pain medications they rely on

by Richard Cameron   Last May, we published an article about the unintended consequences of the federal and state response to the Opioid crisis. Following that, we received a considerable number of comments that reinforced our contention that the policies that were instituted created considerable more turmoil and trauma than they alleviated. Here is a sample of what we heard. The names have not been published to protect the privacy of the correspondents: “I have MCTD (mixed connective tissue disease). What that is is overlapping autoimmune diseases. I have 8…

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When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims

photo of prescription opioid bottles. Recently published opioid therapy clinical practice guideline aims to improve quality of care and patient safety when treating acute and chronic pain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

By Janice Barlow with Richard Cameron No one should doubt that we’re still in the midst of an opioid crisis and have been for the better part of a decade. The nature of the crisis, however, is not what you have been led to believe by mass media reports and federal authorities.  Opioid medications have been part of treatment regimens for several decades. But in recent years, the line between who needs them to alleviate chronic or acute pain and who wants them because of the pleasant side effects, has become…

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Laws Targeting Drug Dealers Have Bipartisan Support, But Will They Work?

photo of a narcotics team with SWAT gear conducting a morning raid on a suspected drug ring's home

by Tony Wyman A new law proposed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to charge drug dealers with manslaughter when the drugs they sell kill the user has strong support from many who see the state’s opiod crisis as one of the biggest threats facing the Commonwealth. But the bill has some skeptics who think increased jail time has little or no impact on drug abuse. If the law goes into effect, drug dealers responsible for the deaths of users would face a minimum sentence of five years in a state…

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