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Now for some Perspective & Rationality over Fear mongering Click Bait headlines

There are Millions Americans living with Chronic Pain who are living with untreated & under treated #Pain since @CDCInjury issued Guidelines for "PCPs" in 2016.

This type of action is an anomaly.
Of the millions of people who have faced systematic discrimination & under treatment, or no treatment, have lost the ability to function & their quality of life there have been 3 instances where they or a family member has committed an act of violence of this magnitude in
retaliation.

More commonly the individual will take their own life rather than lashing out at a medical professional. Image
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"Throughout our history we’ve learned this lesson – when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos. They keep moving. And, the costs & threats to America & the world keep rising.

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia #Putin
"American diplomacy matters."

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia #Putin
"#Putin’s war was premeditated & unprovoked. He rejected efforts at diplomacy. He thought the West & @NATO wouldn’t respond. And, he thought he could divide us here at home.
Putin was wrong. We were ready."

Excerpt from @POTUS @JoeBiden's #SOTU address.

#Ukraine #Russia
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🧵 #Overdose deaths hit record highs last year. Medications like buprenorphine cut the risk of death in half. But many pharmacies don’t provide it, saying they fear a @DEAHQ investigation -- like what happened to Martin Njoku. My latest for @NPR @KHNews buff.ly/3H5FQhK
2/ As a pharmacist, Martin Njoku wanted to help those hit by the #opioidepidemic. But a few years after he began providing medications for #addiction, @DEAHQ raided his pharmacy & accused him of furthering the very ailment he set out to treat.
3/ DEA pointed to "red flags" at Njoku's pharmacy: ppl getting Subutex—considered easier to abuse than Suboxone— ppl driving from far away, paying in cash, etc. But @Formanir @hfdrlaw explained that's what happens when Suboxone is too expensive & access to treatment is scarce.
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Yes, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic, #COVID19, but let’s not forget about the #opioid epidemic, a public health issue we have been dealing with a while... What can we do about it?? #ph260720 #opioidepidemic Image
In 2017 (more than 4 years ago), @HHSGov declared the #opioidepidemic as a public health emergency. An “emergency” situation that we have not been able to control yet... #publichealthemergency #ph260720
hhs.gov/opioids/about-…
According to @CDCgov and @NIDAnews, more than 70,000 Americans die every year due to opioid overdose. That is 70,000 lives (read in bold!) lost every year, the majority of which is preventable. #opioidepidemic #opioidskill #opioidoverdose #ph260720 Image
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Inspired by @PeterHotez #grandrounds, we started a pilot elective to teach #scicomm & debunking #misinformation to @uchipritzker medstudents

Each student selected a myth to debunk & created an infographic with science/#visualart guidance
#medtwitter #scienceupfirst 🧵
Inspired by @tropical_toxic cover art @TIME assignments, @sara_serritella and I are sharing their work here w/permission.
Students could choose any misinformation to debunk. While some chose COVID19, not all did! They also specified their audience.
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For those skeptical of government creating vaccines by Zachary Newman MS1:

We have risen to the challenge before and accomplished amazing things through working together. The mRNA vaccines show us at our very best. #Getvaccinated #amazingthings #COVID19vaccine #thisisourshot 3/x
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In the run up to #RAUK21 -5-6th May 2021 ,& to introduce some of the many publications of our Bruce Scott Lecturer @EMARIANOMD - I thought I’d start tweeting 10 of his papers to get you inspired about #RegionalAnaesthesia #RegionalAnesthesia - I’ll add them all to this thread...
In the first of 10 of @EMARIANOMD‘s papers, lets start by looking at this one on Continuous interscalene brachial plexus block via an ultrasound-guided Posterior approach #RAUK21 #MarianoTopTen 1/10

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1937235…

insights.ovid.com/anesthesia-ana…
The second of 10 of @EMARIANOMD’s papers is on #PedAnes! This paper is on the Feasibility of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve block catheters for pain control on pediatric medical missions in developing countries. #RAUK21 #MarianoTopTen 2/10

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/P…
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As the nation grapples with unemployment & state budgets shrink amid #COVID-19, Nevada has a model that policy officials could implement and test to reemploy dislocated workers: It’s helping millions find jobs faster AND saving state money. arnoldventures.org/stories/nevada… #VPDebates
#COVID19 is also exacerbating our nation's retirement crisis in a very different way than the Great Recession: washingtonpost.com/business/2020/… #VPDebate
The case of #BreonnaTaylor is evidence that America’s social contract is in tatters. @sdpjohnson explains our current reckoning: arnoldventures.org/stories/to-our… #VPDebate
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Still struggling with the wording of this invitation. ‘#COVID-19 has exacerbated the raging #opioid crisis driven by the nation’s more than 50 million #pain suffers......’. I have contacted both @RepJudyChu & @RepWalorski office to express my concern & to 1/ Image
attempt to understand why the blame for the #opioidepidemic seemed to be placed at the feet of those that have #chronicpain. In the past years the # of #opioid pain medication prescriptions have plummeted yet rates of overdose climbed. Many individuals with #chronicpain 2/
who benefitted from treatment from #opioids have been pulled off & abandoned; their #QoL decreasing & suffering increasing. My kids & my husband were/are part of the 50 million that experience/experienced #chronic pain due to #hereditarypancreatitis & #pancreascancer 3/
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Our goal at @HHSGov is to lead Americans to healthier lives and to provide a road map to a healthier nation. As such, we are focused on health innovation, transformation, and addressing emerging diseases like #Coronavirus. #AllHealthLive Image
@HHSGov @cspan There is no silver bullet when it comes to addressing the #OpioidEpidemic. All programs and offices must continue to work together across the country, especially as we work to combat the 4th wave of America’s overdose epidemic—methamphetamines. #AllHealthLive Image
@HHSGov @cspan At @HHSGov, we are also committed to extending the lives of Americans with sickle cell disease by at least 10 years, within 10 years. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of those living with #SCD. Visit @MinorityHealth to learn more: minorityhealth.hhs.gov/sicklecell
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Excited to be at @WhiteHouse's #OpportunityNow Summit. Hearing about economic development and opportunity - both of which have a critical intersection with health. That's why I'm working with the business community to ⬆️ health & opportunity for all.
@WhiteHouse Getting ready to take the stage at #OpportunityNow. Want to know how YOU can help combat the #OpioidEpidemic? Read & share my digital postcard detailing 5⃣ things everyone can do to prevent opioid misuse. #FridayWisdom Image
@WhiteHouse Talking about @HHSGov's 5⃣-point strategy to combat the #OpioidCrisis at #OpportunityNow. We are leveraging data to better respond to this crisis and getting the word out about the importance of #naloxone. ImageImage
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Thank you @DrPhilRoe for inviting me to Johnson City, TN to visit @etsu's School of #PublicHealth!

LOVED hearing that all resident halls have #naloxone in their AED response boxes. ETSU has trained ~9k students in naloxone administration & ~30k have taken online courses. ImageImage
@DrPhilRoe @etsu I encourage everyone to carry #naloxone and to know how to use it. Doing so might just mean the difference between life and death. #ThursdayMotivation hhs.gov/surgeongeneral…
@DrPhilRoe @etsu Tennessee has distributed 98,000 units of narcan and they have > 10,000 documented lives saved! This overdose-reversing drug gives us all a tremendous opportunity to help get people into treatment and prevent a future overdose. #ThursdayThoughts
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Glad to start the morning off at #PGA73 talking to leadership about the importance of advocacy, diversity, mentorship, and health (vs just healthcare). Image
Talking about my Community Health and Economic Prosperity (CHEP) initiative at #PGA73. Health is vital to everything - including business! Learn more: hhs.gov/surgeongeneral… Image
We need to work together to frame health so that people understand that it contributes to their bottom line and strengthening their workforce. We need to view health as an opportunity. #PGA73
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Law enforcement is an integral part of our communities. I truly believe we cannot overcome our nation’s health problems - especially the #OpioidEpidemic - without the help of our officers and first responders. Image
Impressed w/ @PaariUSA’s continued work with naloxone. From trainings to distribution, @PaariUSA’s is committed to increasing access to this life-saving medication. This is not only a powerful message in reducing stigma but it is also saving lives! Thank you! Image
I urge ALL Americans to #GetNaloxone and know how to use it. Everyone has an important role to play in addressing this #PublicHealth crisis. Check out my advisory to learn more: hhs.gov/surgeongeneral…
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Purdue Pharma returns to the news. If you are not aware, they developed the opioid pain killer Oxycontin & through various misdeeds made it extremely popular. Fueling the #opioidepidemic
Now we get a look at how they used the media to protect themselves from criminal charges...
For a background on some of the crimes they used to get rich selling dangerous opioids, you can see this thread.
threadreaderapp.com/thread/1166843…
The Sackler family that runs Purdue Pharma was busted for tax evasion when HSBC was forced to flip on them by DOJ...
The family donated heavily to Democrats while the company donated to the Republican half of the Swamp.

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The #OpioidEpidemic does not discriminate, this crisis affects minority populations across the country. Looking forward to ⁦@FDAHealthEquity’s⁩ meeting to discuss strategies to improve health equity and reduce health disparities admist the opioid crisis. Image
We are committed to addressing the #opioid crisis and implementing forward-thinking, innovative strategies to decrease the burden on our most vulnerable populations. Image
I truly believe, #stigma is one of our biggest killers. We must work together to alleviate stigma so our loved ones and families feel comfortable seeking help. Only then will we be able to reach those who need help the most.
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Excited to be with the National Judicial Opioid Task Force Co-Chairs @incourts Chief Justice Loretta Rush & Deborah Taylor Tate, Director, Administrative Office of the @TNCourts, for the launch of their report on the #OpioidCrisis Image
#DYK the criminal justice system is the single largest referral source to substance use disorder treatment? It serves as a critical touchpoint for treatment
The #OpioidEpidemic is not just a health issue. Like the rest of society, this crisis impacts the entire court system. Read the findings of the new NJOTF report here: ncsc.org/~/media/Files/… Image
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NEW study on #opioids and overdoses in #Tennessee: @melissamcpheete and her partners at @TNDeptofHealth found that prescribing opioids is common in the year before a non-fatal overdoes, and does not decrease considerably following a nonfatal OD event.

vumc.org/health-policy/… Image
Also notable, medically assisted treatment, like prescriptions for buprenorphine, may be underutilized. sciencedirect.com/science/articl… Image
The study notes that primary care providers may have never known of the overdose events, and these prescriptions may have been clinically necessary. vumc.org/health-policy/…
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Today, I joined @ONDCP for a meeting with college & university presidents and their leadership to discuss the #OpioidCrisis on campuses and the importance of ensuring access to #naloxone. Image
To manage the #OpioidEpidemic and prevent future overdoses, ⬆️ access to naloxone must occur in conjunction with expanded access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder.
Last year, I released an advisory urging ALL Americans to #GetNaloxone and know how to use it. Everyone has an important role to play in addressing this #PublicHealth crisis. Check out my advisory to learn more: hhs.gov/surgeongeneral…
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Honored to be at the Western States Opioid Summit talking about my efforts - and all of @HHSGov’s efforts - to combat the #OpioidCrisis. Learn more: hhs.gov/surgeongeneral… Image
Thanks to @HHSRegion9 Director Ed Heidig for providing an update on @HHSGov’s response to the #OpioidEpidemic and highlighting the new findtreatment.gov - a critical resource in connecting people to care. #RecoveryIsPossible Image
As the Nation’s Doctor, I am a firm believer that everyone should have a seat at the table. That applies to our shared fight to combat the #OpioidCrisis. Treatment & recovery are critical, but we must also bolster our prevention efforts. hhs.gov/opioids #ThursdayThoughts
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Giving an update to policymakers this morning on @HHSGov’s efforts to combat the #OpioidCrisis. Learn more: hhs.gov/opioids/ Image
My work is personal because the #OpioidEpidemic has impacted me and my family. It’s a crisis that is boundless. It affects all of us. View my story and share yours: crisisnextdoor.gov
We know that #RecoveryIsPossible and there are many pathways there. Visit the link below to find treatment options near you, and learn more about critical care and support services that help people make healthy choices. hhs.gov/opioids/
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Hi #PA01 folks. I am live tweeting the @RepBrianFItz #Telephony #TownHall. I got included late, so we are joining in the midst of his intro speech.
#PA01 #Telephony #TownHall /1
@RepBrianFitz Our @RepBrianFitz is talking about something with educating girls, but I caught him at the end of it, so not sure of the details.
#PA01 #Telephony #TownHall /2
@RepBrianFitz Right now Fitz is asking a polling question about a ban of e-cigarettes. Because that is the most pressing issue of our day, amirite? #ImpeachmentInquiry
#PA01 #Telephony #TownHall /3
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Many dems have fallen for the #opioidcrisis. I know why you would. Unfortunately, few know the real facts & statistics. I know they want you to believe prescription pain pills caused pp to turn to heroin but the facts & stats do not support that. Addiction rates have not gone up.
In fact, they have stayed the same from 2007-2017 re: NIH. I want to speak about this to fellow #resisters b/c I see so many falling for the lies of the CDC & politicians, w/grave & dangerous harm & even death to Americans as a result of this perpetuated ongoing lie & propaganda.
First, they speak of opioids as one collective pot & all the same when there are innumerable differences in what pp are actually ODing on. Heroin is spoke & declared as an equal to vicodin or percocet. Illegal China tainted fentanyl is also declared an equal to a pain pill opioid
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(1/4) If it’s Sunday…it’s time for my #SundaySpotlight! This week, I’m highlighting @washingtonpost’s article that shines a light on a new @HHSGov guide for appropriate tapering or discontinuation of long-term opioid use: wapo.st/2B6SGLO #SundayMorning
@washingtonpost @HHSGov (2/4) To combat the #OpioidEpidemic, it's important we offer patient-centered treatment plans that eliminate risks of harm. Learn more & read the #HHSguide released this past week by @HHSGov & @HHS_ASH: bit.ly/3190jMn
@washingtonpost @HHSGov @HHS_ASH (3/4) As @HHS_ASH said, “We need to treat people with compassion and emphasize personalized care tailored to the specific circumstances and unique needs of each patient.” bit.ly/HHS_guide #HHSguide
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