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It took 8 yrs of showing up & advocating for pain pts in a myriad of ways. Of giving a megaphone to many of the 'important' ppl. It took a while, but I learned from some of the best.
@StefanKertesz @maiasz @OldHeadFighta @speakingabtpain @funchefchick @headdock @BethDarnall
Maybe these people's stories will matter somehow down the line.
Thank you @GeneW22614687 for highlighting the heinous results of the 'opioid crisis' response. Thanks to Dr. Kline for his sacrifices for the pain community. 💔
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1-Note that even Jeff Sessions, the same person who told people to 'just take an aspirin and go to bed', signed on to the Pain Relief Promotion Act in 2000.
We never got to where pain was being adequately treated before the anti-opioid agenda kicked in.…
"The Pain Relief Promotion Act has two main purposes. First, it encourages practitioners to prescribe and administer controlled substances to relieve pain and discomfort."
"Practitioners should be encouraged to treat pain aggressively even when the treatment may increase the risk of death."
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1-This is just MY opinion.
I think any 'pain pt advocate' should be helping to dispel the notion that 'overprescribing' MDs, or a 'over supply', of legal, known potency, pain medicines, caused the so called 'opioid crisis'.…
2-A pain patient advocate should be working to do away with parole like policies of endless drug testing for pain patients & law enforcement tools like the PDMP; as these 'tools' have done NOTHING to prevent ODs. In fact all above policies have coincided with INCREASING ODs.
3-A pain patient advocate should be pushing back on the 'opioids as a last resort & the 'dangerous drug' narrative.
Opioids are a safe and effective way of treating pain for MOST people and the data shows that prescribed opiates as an initiating point for addiction is RARE.
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This is our health care system in action:

This is the system with doctors and nurses and pharmacists, ‘caregivers’ all, who accuse us as being “drug-seeking” and “addicts”, when what we truly are is patients seeking relief from our chronic, degenerative, and terminal ....
...medical conditions, relief from the torturous physical pain, injurious isolation, the cognitive decline of severe pain and sleep deprivation, and terrible mental suffering.
This is the system with trained professionals who treat us like we’ve committed some sort of crime when we come seeking help.
Who misdiagnose us as having “OUD”, rather than genuine & terrible physical pain that impacts every aspect of our existence in complex & negative ways.
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