So Called “Opioid Epidemic” Is Harming Real Patients

So Called “Opioid Epidemic” Is Harming Real Patients

A very close friend of mine, Sheryl Pietrick Donnell, wrote an article recently,that was posted in the Chicago Tribune Newspaper!  I think it’s  wonderfully written & thought out. I want to share it here with you, & with her permission:  ***************************

This is so outrageous. The so called epidemic is harming real patients. Of the 76 million prescriptions filled last year, there were a total of 18,893 total Opioid related deaths. Mind you, this is a very sick population you begin with and this number includes suicides and stolen medication related deaths as well as the ever increasing number of deaths from suicidal patients who have had their medication reduced so dramatically, their pain has made them feel suicide is their only hope. It also includes all benzodiapams. These are sedative like drugs such as Valium and Xanax, another entirely different class of drug used for completely different purposes.
Compare the 18k of Opioid deaths to the 88k of Alcohol related deaths annually. Is anyone calling for prohibition? Why not? It doesn’t work? Right. Guess what? It doesn’t work for Opioids either. We have seen a dramatic increase in Heroin related deaths since this Crack down on opioid prescriptions too.

What’s the solution? First, chronic pain patients are not addicts. We are in pain and need relief to function. Leave us out of this. We aren’t the problem. Our medication use has been stable and we need to be helped.

Second, TREATMENT CENTERS! If you have an addict, removing one source of a drug does not cure them. Addicts will find a way to get their fix, unless they can get treatment and studies show it is cheaper to treat than incarcerate or hospitalize long term from brain damage from accidental over doses.

There are so many things that are far more dangerous in this country right now than pain medicine for legitimate pain patients. And pain patients need your voices. No prohibition for sick patients. This country would never stand for taking away medication from diabetics, why is it OK to do it to us?

One Bloggers’ Reaction To An Attack On Pain Patients!

One Bloggers’ Reaction To An Attack On Pain Patients!

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A short 2 minute video letter to CNN 

A short 2 minute video letter to CNN 

Hello Luvs,

Here is something that some of you had been asking me for..LOL..you had asked me to make a shorter video that you could watch and share to spread the word that #peoplewithpain matter and #painedlivesmatter and we are #chronicpainpatientsnotaddicts….here is a short 2 minute video…I hope you like it:

 

 

People With Pain Matter

People With Pain Matter

People With Pain Matter! This Video is about my Chronic pain, CRPS Story & other Info. As well! A plea re: Opioids and correct information regarding subject also! #peoplewithpainmatter #painedlivesmatter #KeephopealiveforCRPS ….Opioids don’t kill people!~ People Kill themselves when they take Opioids with alchohol and illicit drugs like Heroin. Pain Patients control their medications and not the other way around as in drug addicts. Statistics prove that most overdose deaths are not reported correctly to the public. Chronic pain patients are “lumped together” with drug addicts and we are NOT!

 

My Letter To CNN

My Letter To CNN

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Tonight I watched a CNN “Town Hall Meeting”, with Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Drew . This was nothing like what a “Town Hall Meeting”  is supposed to resemble! It was “one-sided” ……..and there was no one sticking up for the rights of chronic pain patients. Oh,I know that they were there. They were in the audience just hoping and waiting for their chance to get out “our” thoughts on the subject of Opioids. They’re  being slowly taken from us as we writhe in pain and the so called “Dr’s against opioids” want us to “think our pain away”!  Better yet, why not have a CRPS patient with Allodynia (hypersensinsitive to touch)/ pain patient, get a massage??  Once & for all,  an “addict” is not the same as a chronic pain patient!  Pain patients are not addicts. We do not “crave” our pain medications. We do not have overwhelming thoughts about our meds and we do NOT get any kind of “high” by taking our prescribed dosages in a responsible manner!  This is what I’d like to say to the producers, Dr’s & Mr. Cooper, at CNN!  Those persons who hijacked what was supposed to be a “Town Hall meeting”. But in real such arenas, you get to hear from both sides. This meeting was more like a documentary against the use of Opioids!  At one point Anderson Cooper allows a long time Opioid user, who’s a chronic pain patient, to take the microphone. She says that she’s been having a better life while taking the Opioids responsibly for over 20 years! She was “cut off” mid sentence by Dr. Drew, who tells her and everyone else that “she us NOT the Norm”!  It got worse and more against “us”/ the people living with chronic pain, as time went on!  Here is what I’d like to say to them should I get the chance:

This letter is not only for CNN’s Anderson Cooper, but for Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Leana Wen & Dr. Drew;

First of all, I’m writing not only for myself, but on behalf of all Chronic Pain patients. Number 1: The Disease of addiction is NOT equal to the Disease of Chronic Pain! They are not one in the same! That so-called “Town a meeting” on CNN this evening was not one at all! A true Town Meeting is an open forum that promotes Democracy! Tonight, Anderson Cooper & CNN’s “get together” with Dr.’s Drew, Gupta & Wen; was more like a one sided opinion/discussion meeting! Only one true chronic pain patient got to speak! Not only was she interrupted, but then Dr. Drew had to make sure to say that she “was not the ordinary”!

I’ve been a patient with chronic pain since 2002 s/p a MVA! Then after those multiple injuries, 8 surgeries and more pain than I want to remember, I got the worst form of Chronic Pain, called “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”(it is #43 on the McGill Pain Scale. It’s right up there with cancer, childbirth & amputation of a finger). It was then, that I truly knew what chronic pain was all about. Or so I thought, until my CRPS went systemic/full body, s/p another surgery in 2013.

Mr. Cooper, at your meeting,it was mentioned that “2 million Americans misuse Opioids”. But do you know how many Chronic pain patients take their medications just as prescribed? The majority of Chronic Pain patients are conscientious in taking their prescribed Opioid pain medications. We do not CRAVE or get a “high” from our prescribed pain meds. Nor do we allow our pain meds to control us or our every thought. On the other hand, an addict is controlled by his drugs! That’s one main difference between pain patients and addicts. I control my medications, they don’t control me! Dependence and addiction are completely different. Many meds can cause withdrawals when cessation begins, for example: blood pressure medications, anti-depressants, Beta Blockers and so on! Do you know that “WE” (Pain patients) get lumped together with Heroin addicts? What if your mother or sister suffered 365/24/7 with horrible fire-like burning pain, like that of CRPS? Would you be so quick to push them into a category with “drug addicts”? What if they were under a reputable Dr’s care and taking pain medications in order to function and be able to get out of bed in the mornings?

Untreated Chronic Pain kills too! Opioids have been prescribed for pain for many years! Why punish everyone for the actions of a some?  When we are taking our pain medications responsibly and as prescribed. While we are under the care of a Medical Doctor who went to school for many years to learn his job; (whether he /she be a GP or Pain Management specialist).  This Physician took the oath to “Do No Harm” and as long as they’ve been prescribing responsibly; then there’s no reason for any of this! It’s just the latest hype by those who are “on a mission”! The people who are up in arms about this subject, are those who stand to lose the most money if we are allowed to just continue taking the medications that work for some of us! I’m talking about The Private clinics that are getting $2,000 cash, per Ketamine infusion because insurance doesn’t pay for that. Desperate people in horrible pain are willing to pay cash to have some sort of hope or even short time relief!! (**Ketamine is a much more dangerous drug! It’s used in Veterinary medicine , to tranquilize a horse)! Others that stand to lose money are the manufacturers of the spinal cord Stimulators and pain pumps, along with Massage & Acupuncture centers. Why let us take an inexpensive pill that has worked for several years? If something is and has been working, please don’t take it away?

The Disease of Chronic Pain does not Equal the Disease of addiction! Lastly, people suffer because Chronic Pain is not only stigmatized but it’s under treated. Suicide rates rise & will continue to do so, due to this lack of treatment & lack of availability of the medications required for the relief of chronic pain. Also because physicians are “running away” and closing their doors on chronic pain patients because of the fear that they now have of being taken away to jail just for doing the job for which they went through many years of schooling and took an oath to “Do No Harm”!

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