If you’re going to argue about chronic pain, get the facts. The link above is an excellent source for THE FACTS about chronic pain. Chronic pain patients have been victimized by ill-advised POLITICIANS playing DOCTOR and propoganda by the lobbyist group, PROP, headed up by ANDREW KOLODNY, who have practically taken over the decision-making process when it comes to pain. Apparently our CDC thinks that the pain scale is useless and that anyone who claims a pain control of over 4 is most certainly lying. The new joke by TOM FRIEDEN is “over 4, ignore”.
So … yes, I take it seriously. I do not believe that people with a pain score of over 4 on a 10 scale are lying. Do they think people with severely debilitating, lifelong diseases and injuries CHOOSE to live the lives they live? Do they think we’d rather be sitting at home suffering instead of out working, making a living for our families? Yes, some people have lost the ability to work due to the CDC guidelines. People who WERE FUNCTIONAL are now BED BOUND and live a life of COMPLETE MISERY. And people have lost their lives due to the CDC guidelines. What I have trouble understanding is why these deaths aren’t as important than those who have died due to having made the choice to abuse drugs.
I understand and agree that addiction is a disease, not a choice. But we do have to admit that there was a point in time where that person decided that he/she liked the “high” that was ascertained by taking dosages 5-10 times higher than the recommended dosage. They did have the choice of not taking more than the recommended dosage. Yet millions of Americans who RELY on opioid treatment as part of their pain management plan, are PAYING THE PRICE … for nothing. It’s not even helping the opioid epidemic. See the DEA 2016 report on heroin overdoses.
People who have not made the choice to abuse this medication continue to pay the price. Where will it end? I appreciate and challenge any responses from Kolodny or Frieden.