Will declaring the opioid crisis a federal emergency help, or is it too little, too late?

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13 Responses to “Trump’s HUUUGE War on Drugs”

  1. KissMyGrits

    Let me remind you that Obama said his grandmother (and other elderly) should have been given pain meds instead of an expensive operation. Obama (and Hillary) “evolved” on many things. “You can keep your doctor/plan” shows integrity? The opioid problem did not begin on 1/20/17.

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    • Lori

      I love grits!

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      • KissMyGrits

        Remeber, the salt must be added when cooking or they do not taste right. Adding afterwards does not get the same results. Replace some of the water with milk for a creamer texture. Only northerners put sugar on grits, yuck. And don’t forget the butter.

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  2. Beth Rodgers

    I have previously thought that you had some smarts. Today’s presentation reveals you as just plain stupid.

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  3. dr_chagnon

    Unbelievably ignorant statements. Do you realize you come across as saying the main benefit of opiates is to dull psychic pain? Do you spend any time whatsoever with people in actual pain? Failed spine syndrome, RSD, PHN, etc. With YOUR rhetoric (yeah, we’re all “butthurt” if we disagree with you) you disregard volumes of excellent research (much done at your alma mater UCSF) and actual suffering. You have never given sufficient recognition to people who manage to live their lives, productive lives, on stable doses of medications. Your description of people getting opiates for a hangnail is insulting and offensive to my patients who are doctors, lawyers, business owners, and come from every walk of life. Please take a look at the increasing suicide rates among those being cut off or drastically reduced on their medications. Where is your outrage about the CDC “guidelines” that were based on NO science and were never intended to be targeting pain doctors? You appear to think most pain is psychic and people need to buck up and deal with it–you ignore the research done about increased tumor growth rates in uncontrolled pain, reduced immune function, sleep impairment (with all the attendant risks thereof), an 8-fold increase in suicide risk, and a number of other ramifications. Where is your righteous indignation about the statistics that include illicit substances with prescription medication? Why don’t you do anything to balance your biased presentations against opiates and your low regard for chronic pain patients?

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  4. Our3sons

    I have failed spine syndrome. I had a l4 l5 s1 laminectomy fusion? That is a mouthful. I had my tail bone removed. I had my left lower lobe of my lung removed for pulmonary nodules. I have doctors trying to choke me out on pain meds every time I go to the doctor. I luckily am also very stubborn and wilful and psych myself out of anything or will myself to get thru just about anything. I had to get pissed and get myself and push my limits to find what am I able to do and what am I not physically. There are highly educated folks that give a convincing argument of why I should take a lot of pills to have the freedom to live and work again full time. I bought in to it for a bit until I seen my precious child hood best friend become an addict and eventually die. I remember being in the e.r. with her one time after she had messed her arms up shooting up… and in the next exam area a man was physically assaulting the staff for not giving him pain meds. I cried a lot that day. I listen to gangster rap and metal when the pain is high. It distracts me and makes me feel like a badass that can handle it. I know there are people out there starting the process of discograms and injections that can be a statistic of opiod deaths in a year or two. I went back to school while on disability. I want to help people somehow. I tried to work for a doc office last fall. The other nurses talking about the patients left a very sour taste in myself. I went to school because of my experience as a patient.

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    • Lori

      People are truly in pain, and need opioids for this, however you have to watch them closely monitor dosage and care. Don’t just give them a bottle with an unlimited refill and send them out on their own.
      I was in ICU with a major injury and knocked out on morphine most of the time, and hell yea I liked it, it felt good for about three days, but I was in a hospital bed with IVs in both arms so I told my nurses dope me up and I’ll give you no worries, they did.
      When it was time to leave they had weaned me off so well that on my return home and at the pharmacy I had a little hope that I’d have script for pain, but there wasn’t and I understood what I was feeling. “Oh yes you want this cause you’ve gotten a little addicted; go home have a glass of wine and forget about it or have six if that’s what it takes but don’t you dare ask for a script”
      And that’s all I have to say about that.

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  5. Lori

    Hey Dudes,
    It’s not like Obama was “Johnny on the spot” on any of these issues, but of course we can’t say anything bad about his presidency due to his nationality.
    Now after eight years stifling our opinions,we can finally laugh at the president. Feels good, and he’s a riot and lots to laugh at, however I can’t agree that he’s so wrong on many issues. He may have tiny hands but he’s got bigger balls than Obama.

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  6. Donna Moore-Piland

    Aw, you don’t want to mindlessly attack our CIC? So you mindlessly attack intractable pain patients instead. Pain is bad, you slobbering idiot. Pain that could be treated by doctors prescribing these patients, safely in the vast majority of patients, is BAD.
    You have swallowed all the anti-opioid PROPaganda whole. Then mindlessly repeated it without doing any research on this issue. Congrats, you are have joined the legion of hysterical and useful idiots contributing to the misery and deaths of intractable pain patients. Even the CDC has said prescription opioids are not driving this.
    Wake up and do your research, or STHU.

    Roughly 11 million Americans live with
    extreme, intractable chronic pain. Pain so overwhelming that it interferes with
    sleep, concentration, memory and physical function. It damages the
    body in a host of ways, most stress related like high blood pressure
    and ulcers. It rewires the nervous system in ways that make pain
    worse and more widespread. The constant hammering of pain signals to
    the brain cause brain damage, loss of gray matter and dementia.

    Chronic pain MUST be managed for the well being of chronic
    pain survivors. Now due to this hysterical response to addiction, the
    chronic pain patient has been thrown under the bus. Many have been
    forced to taper their doses, or are denied any opioids, even though
    many patients took opioids for years without problems or signs of
    addiction.

    This was not done for their well being but to suit
    the demands of the “high holy ones” dictating this from
    within our own government, based on JUNK SCIENCE. Please look into
    the creation of the CDC guidelines that are devastating the lives of
    chronic pain patients. Look into how PROP, a rabid and well funded
    anti-opioid lobbying group, dictated these guidelines and pushed
    their agenda onto the entire nation. These fanatics are killing
    people in their bassackward attempt to fight addiction by denying
    pain management to chronic pain patients. And you are helping them.

    It always amazes me that healthy people, people who don’t struggle with intractable pain every damned day, feel entitled to judge those who do. How would you like to live with endless pain and be denied the meds you
    know ease that pain enough to allow you to have an active life as opposed to being bed bound and crippled by their pain, not because of your actions, because of addiction, because others abuse the meds you need? Chronic pain kills too. Our lives matter as much as anyone
    else’s, or should.

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  7. Donna Moore-Piland

    Aw, you don’t want to mindlessly attack our CIC? So you mindlessly
    attack intractable pain patients instead. Pain is bad, you slobbering
    idiot. Pain that could be treated by doctors prescribing these
    patients, safely in the vast majority of patients, is BAD.
    You have
    swallowed all the anti-opioid PROPaganda whole. Then mindlessly
    repeated it without doing any research on this issue. Congrats, you are
    have joined the legion of hysterical and useful idiots contributing to
    the misery and deaths of intractable pain patients. Even the CDC has
    said prescription opioids are not driving this.
    Wake up and do your research, or STHU.

    Roughly 11 million Americans live with
    extreme, intractable chronic pain. Pain so overwhelming that it interferes with
    sleep, concentration, memory and physical function. It damages the
    body in a host of ways, most stress related like high blood pressure
    and ulcers. It rewires the nervous system in ways that make pain
    worse and more widespread. The constant hammering of pain signals to
    the brain cause brain damage, loss of gray matter and dementia.

    Chronic pain MUST be managed for the well being of chronic
    pain survivors. Now due to this hysterical response to addiction, the
    chronic pain patient has been thrown under the bus. Many have been
    forced to taper their doses, or are denied any opioids, even though
    many patients took opioids for years without problems or signs of
    addiction.

    This was not done for their well being but to suit
    the demands of the “high holy ones” dictating this from
    within our own government, based on JUNK SCIENCE. Please look into
    the creation of the CDC guidelines that are devastating the lives of
    chronic pain patients. Look into how PROP, a rabid and well funded
    anti-opioid lobbying group, dictated these guidelines and pushed
    their agenda onto the entire nation. These fanatics are killing
    people in their bassackward attempt to fight addiction by denying
    pain management to chronic pain patients. And you are helping them.

    It always amazes me that healthy people, people who don’t struggle with
    intractable pain every damned day, feel entitled to judge those who do.
    How would you like to live with endless pain and be denied the meds you
    know ease that pain enough to allow you to have an active life as opposed to
    being bed bound and crippled by pain, not because of your
    actions, because of addiction, because others abuse the meds you need?
    Chronic pain kills too. Our lives matter as much as anyone
    else’s, or should. Please, get informed before you do more damage.

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  8. Donna Moore-Piland

    I apologize for all the mistakes in my post. I am in hellish pain and you really ticked me off.

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  9. Donna Moore-Piland

    Aw, you don’t want to mindlessly attack our CIC? So you mindlessly
    attack intractable pain patients instead. Pain is bad, you slobbering
    idiot. Needless pain that could be treated by doctors prescribing opioids to these
    patients, safely in the vast majority of patients, is BAD enough to drive some to suicide. Funny?.

    You have swallowed all the anti-opioid PROPaganda whole. Then mindlessly
    repeated it without doing any research on this issue. Congrats, you
    have joined the legion of hysterical and useful idiots contributing to
    the misery and deaths of intractable pain patients. Even the CDC has
    said prescription opioids are not driving this.
    Wake up and do your research, or STHU.

    Roughly 11 million Americans live with
    extreme, intractable chronic pain. Pain so overwhelming that it interferes with
    sleep, concentration, memory and physical function. It damages the
    body in a host of ways, most stress related like high blood pressure
    and ulcers. High blood pressure causes kidney damage, causes heart attacks and strokes.

    Intractable chronic pain rewires the nervous system in ways that make pain
    worse and more widespread. The constant hammering of pain signals to
    the brain cause brain damage, loss of gray matter and dementia. People are being tortured into brain damage. While you make dumb jokes.

    Chronic pain MUST be managed for the well being of chronic
    pain survivors. Now due to this hysterical response to addiction, the
    chronic pain patient has been thrown under the bus. Many have been
    forced to taper their doses, or are denied any opioids, even though
    many patients took opioids for years without problems or signs of
    addiction.

    This was not done for their well being but to suit
    the demands of the “high holy ones” dictating this from
    within our own government, based on JUNK SCIENCE. Please look into
    the creation of the CDC guidelines that are devastating the lives of
    chronic pain patients. Look into how PROP, a rabid and well funded
    anti-opioid lobbying group, dictated these guidelines and pushed
    their agenda onto the entire nation. These fanatics are killing
    people in their bassackward attempt to fight addiction by denying
    pain management to chronic pain patients. And you are helping them.

    It always amazes me that healthy people, people who don’t struggle with
    intractable pain every damned day, feel entitled to judge those who do.
    How would you like to live with endless pain and be denied the meds you
    know ease that pain enough to allow you to have an active life as, opposed to
    being bed bound and crippled by pain? Not because of your
    actions, because others abuse the meds you need? And because of hysterical folks in the media who learned zilch from prohibition and the “Reefer Madness” hysteria.

    Then ask yourself, How would you like to hear folks laughing about this and mocking those in pain? It’s no laughing matter.

    Chronic pain kills too. Our lives matter as much as anyone
    else’s, or should. Please, do yourself and the world a huuuge favor. Get informed before you do more damage.

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  10. Dr. Molly

    I’m one of those Libertarians with a high IQ, and you managed to make the one nonpartisan issue partisan somehow. I completely understand why you have your viewpoint, because you don’t treat addiction and therefore only see the behaviors associated with active addiction. I moved to KY in 2006 and realized everyone was on a cocktail. In 2008, I became certified to prescribe buprenorphine & started treating people with opioid use disorder. My viewpoint changed completely once I saw the amazing transformation of people in recovery. I then decided to get Board Certified in Addiction Medicine & eventually got to where I am now, Founder & CEO of Bluegrass Family Wellness, where I provide direct primary care and addiction treatment, including buprenorphine for opioid use disorder. Addiction is absolutely a disease, and it’s not that different from other chronic diseases we treat. Do we get angry at diabetics & kick them out of our practice when they eat a donut? I disagree that government should pay for treatment. In my experience treating addiction, people who pay for their treatment have better outcomes (anecdote, not science).
    I completely agree that the War on Drugs is a failure and believe we should decriminalize (my husband, a police officer), agrees with me. This emergency declaration is pointless unless we use the money to expand evidence based treatment with methadone &/or buprenorphine. Happy to talk to you sometime if you are interested, despite your political views (I voted for Rand Paul). I recommend 2 books: Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz & Dreamland by Sam Quinones. Also hope you saw 60 minutes on October 15.

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