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I’ve been opiate free for 3 years. I still live with pain. No one likes to live with opioid dependency.

Woke up one day 80% covered with hives, that lasted for an entire year. I never figured out what triggered my hives. I quit taking opioids trying to find the cause. #opioids
I’ve researched & tried all remedies. I have severe nerve damage from birth. Being a truther keeps my mind off the pain. You never know what others deal with. 24/7 pain is impossible to describe and only understandable if you experience it.

#OpioidCrisis
I do often wonder what a pain free life was like. Same as a blind, deaf or cripple wonders. Im use to it but it doesn’t mean I enjoy it. If you suffer I can assure you man made drugs have never offered me any peace, only problems. All we can do is fight on.

#opioidepidemic
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Dear @RandPaul @senatemajldr @SenatorCollins @lisamurkowski
@ThomTillis
1. Exactly how many people have to die from drugs smuggled across the southern border for it to be a #NationalEmergency ?
2. Exactly how many women and children have to be raped and trafficked--encouraged
2/ by section 224 of the horrible bill you just passed before it's a #NationalEmergency?
3. Exactly how many #American citizens have to be killed by #illegal #Aliens before the invasion of #Illegals is a #NationalEmergency?
4. Exactly how many Law enforcement officers have to be
3/ injured by invading #Illegals before it is a #NationalEmergency?
5. Exactly how high does our deficit need to run from the BILLIONS #illegals cost hard-working #taxpayers before it is a #NationalEmergency?
6. Who EXACTLY do you all represent? because it's not the interests
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Massachusetts @MassAGO @maura_healey 's civil complaint against Sacklers for OxyContin is devastating. The fines and damage awards that are implicated would be massive. Time to contemplate removing the name "Sackler" from all galleries, w/ no returned donations. Thread... 1/
2/ "To profit from dangerous drugs, Purdue engaged in a deadly & illegal scheme to deceive doctors and patients. First, Purdue deceived Mass doctors & patients to get more people on its dangerous drugs. Purdue targeted vulnerable people who could
be introduced to its opioids..."
3/ "...including elderly patients, veterans, and people who had never taken
opioids before. Second, Purdue misled them to take higher and more dangerous doses. Third, Purdue deceived them to stay on its drugs for longer and more harmful periods of time."
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Structural Factors Shape the Effects of the Opioid Epidemic on Pregnant Women and Infants — new editorial in @JAMA_current by @PublicHealthUMN policy professor @katybkoz and @umichmedicine OB/GYN @lindsayadmon. Full editorial: z.umn.edu/41rx Some highlights (thread) 1/
“Economic forces have shaped the course of the #opioidepidemic across the U.S., with a growing body of evidence documenting how local conditions like a struggling economy can exacerbate health crises, especially in rural counties.” 2/
“In rural counties, access to maternity care is declining in many of the same communities where there are fewer clinicians providing treatment for opioid use disorder.” 3/
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The problem with the way the so-called #OpioidEpidemic is being framed is NOT just that those of us in @ChronicPain are not getting our medicine.

It’s that it’s not saving people who are addicts. The rate of their deaths is accelerating.
These policies are making things WORSE. Them lying about the number so making things WORSE. For all of us.
Pain patients have been trying to reason with these people and get this in the press for 15 YEARS.

Politeness and civility is my working. People are dying.
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I tweet about the #OpioidEpidemic fairly frequently but I guess not enough. I'm going to do a thread, in no particular order, on some facts. Much mis-information is out there. And I watched a townhall from Liberty University yesterday where the same misinformation was spewed.
Basically, where we are at is this, legit pain patients cannot get an RX and the RX's are down yet O.D.s are up. The following pieces will help explain why. And all are well sourced. So here goes. Starting with a big problem. The data is wrong. Also, govt can't fix this.
CDC Admits Rx Opioid Deaths ‘Significantly Inflated’ painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2018/3…
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The Department of Justice has been taking action to curb the #OpioidEpidemic. Here are some of the steps we’ve taken:
More than 3,000 defendants have been charged with trafficking in heroin, fentanyl, or prescription drugs in FY 2017. #EndOpioidAbuse
Executed the largest-ever #healthcarefraud enforcement action, charging more than 600 defendants in 58 federal districts, including 162 doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals for opioid and narcotics-related crimes. #EndOpioidAbuse
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F.D.A. Did Not Intervene to Curb Risky Fentanyl Prescriptions nyti.ms/2Kr4jji
Physicians should be more closely limited in prescribing drugs not approved for other use.
The Fentanyl deaths scandal should be a warning, since Fentanyl is intended ONLY for use with cancers.
Part of the Fentanyl catastrophe and resultant opioid crisis is that FAR TOO MANY physicians prescribe (even as we speak), Fentanyl for people with chronic muscular or chronic nerve pain, instead of a more judicious use of combo NSAIDs and non fentanyl opioids.
Fentanyl needs to be reserved only for cancer patients.

Also we must find a better law enforcement approach to synthetic, illegal fentanyl. This is what opioid addicts turn to as their bodies adjust to heroin.
We need a true approach to the opioid crisis.
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The NRA has deep ties to accused Russian spy Maria Butina (she is a lobbyist not a "spy" but whatever)

Looks like weapons traffickers have been using NRA as a business-finding front for some time

motherjones.com/politics/2018/… via @MotherJones
[2] I am a #2A advocate , and #NRA member . But when it comes to weapons trafficking, that is a no-can-do .

And now we have to face the code-red alarming reality - the current new NRA president is none other than #OliverNorth ... from the days of #IranContra
[3] The Swamp is everywhere

Dont get tripped up:

* The #NRA is not the #2A
* @realDonaldTrump is not "establishment GOP"
* #UraniumOne far worse than guns
* #IranContra / #AwanCOntra included DRUGS -> #OpioidEpidemic
* A few Russians is not a Russian state-sponsored conspiracy
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.@AlexVASheriff, @AlexandriaVAGov officials, and a couple that lost a child to opioid addiction, talk about the importance of proper disposal of unused or expired prescriptions #AlexandriaVA #DelRayVA #OpioidEpidemic
A Navy admiral lost his son to opioid addiction. Now he’s marshaling support to end the epidemic. wapo.st/2AiKdWX?tid=ss… @SAFEprojectUS #SAFEUS #OpioidCrisis #OpioidEpidemic
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@CBSNews I'm going to say this and some of you won't like it....but it's the TRUTH:

I want everyone to notice how most of the Caucasian (white) people are talking around this discovery

"I hope their remains can be respect fully laid to rest"
"Maybe now they can rest in peace"
"So sad"
@CBSNews They've already moved on.
But most importantly, these are words to convince us "Black" people to move on.

Or they speaking about these 100 black bodies as if they can now be apart of some great mystery....a good will quest of sorts:
"Maybe their families can be found by DNA"
@CBSNews How many of the people with their soft words and motions of sympathy
ask questions like:
"Are any of the White men in my family responsible for these deaths?"

"Who murdered these men?"

"How many White people in this town knew?"

All these questions come to for Black people.
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The GOP ties #FamilySeparation to #ImmigrationReform b/c the families they're terrorizing are immigrants. But those are TWO SEPARATE ISSUES. That's like tying #UnlawfulPoliceShootingsofBlackPeople to the #OpioidEpidemic because you know people feel icky about addicts. 1/
The GOP is using public distaste and bias against immigrants to force our acceptance of state violence. What if your postal carrier pepper sprayed you if you parked more than 18" from the curb? I hate bad parkers. We all do. The campaign could catch on. #ParkingSpaceFaceMace 2/
They say, "We can either keep families together at the border or fix immigration." By marrying these two DIFFERENT issues under single category of "Immigrant problems," the GOP forces a conversation in which cruel family separation is treated as a reasonable option. IT'S NOT. 3/
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Some people are curious how not having my full course of meds keeps me from working full time.

This is where I'll start the story of #myspoons today.
Not that I owe them shit. But maybe you or a #spoonie squad member of ours might find it relevant or helpful.
So in a nutshell, the less pain I'm in? The more I can do.

"But Tinu" some y'all say, "If your work is mostly digital, aren't you good as long as you have a laptop & a computer connection?"

Haha nawl!
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#RETWEET
If you Vote to Infringe 2nd Amendment Rights WE will Vote to Make sure you do NOT get elected in November
@SenDonnelly @SenBillNelson @SenatorHeitkamp @SenatorBaldwin @SenatorTester @clairecmc @SenStabenow @SenSherrodBrown @Sen_JoeManchin @SenBobCasey

NO #GunControl
(2) Guns haven't suddenly become more easily accessible.

What has happened that is causing the murder rate to go up? #RT & Share to see all of thread & WHY we don't need #GunControl 📲
(3) In the case of mass shootings, the answer is that the US refuses to do anything about the dangerously mentally ill, Bullying, brainwashing and #GunfreeZones
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[1] #AboutTheOpioidEpidemic : There was a 300% rise in annual #opioid overdose fatalities in the past 10 years, mostly correlated with the #Obama presidency (Here are numbers for #Mass) :
[2] #AboutTheOpioidEpidemic : What most have not noticed, the OD RATES are highest in battleground electoral states. Not blue, not red - Battleground. Very high correlation .
[3] #AboutTheOpioidEpidemic : Nearly 200,000 American lives have been lost in the #opioidEpidemic . Possibly even 300,000 . While the media howls about #Charlottesville which was tragic, the #opioidepidemic is still rarely mentioned.
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Doctors are no longer a driving part of the #OpioidHysteria. They never really were. Why why why are we still getting these stories instead of what’s really going on? Alt facts much? How very Trumpian. News media needs to take a good look in the mirror & start facing the truth.
Define “overprescribing” please. 91 ppl per day die from overdoses: from what exactly? Which meds? Multiple meds or just Opioids? God I’m fucking tired of this whole bs narrative still going on.
How about the painful stories of vulnerable ppl -disabled-Veterans-elderly- being cut off from #opioids & committing suicide b/c their pain is so bad?? #SuicideDue2Pain #PainKills
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