Category: SEPTEMBER 2019

CSC Advises Against Misapplication of the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

Some policies, practices attributed to the Guideline are inconsistent with its recommendations Media Statement Embargoed Until: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5 PM, EDT Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286 In a new commentaryexternal icon in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), authors of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain (Guideline) advise against misapplication of the Guideline that can…

Pain Patients Get Relief from War on Opioids

U.S. agencies warn doctors not to abruptly cut off the medications for long-time users ————————————- By Claudia Wallis on April 19, 2019 Pain Patients Get Relief from War on Opioids Credit: Getty Images Ever since U.S. health authorities began cracking down on opioid prescriptions about five years ago, one vulnerable group has suffered serious collateral…

Patient Abandonment and Forced Opioid Tapers

This is part of a letter sent to a hospital after patients were informed that their opioid scripts would be suddenly discontinued following a doctor’s retirement. I told the hospital that I was sending a copy of the letter to the news director at my state’s public radio station. Hospitals (and insurance companies) don’t want…