1-Let's be clear. If it weren't for the false narrative that RX opiates were driving OD deaths, no one would be supporting 'saving' people battling addiction.
2-It was only after (white) Uppper & Middle Class Americans, (especially people of affluence), began losing loved ones and kids due to a deadly drug supply that the 'false narrative' about 'opioids' became mainstream.
3-Drug deaths & addiction, even to 'opioids', has been around a very long time. In fact, the drug war, like any other war, is a profitable enterprise.
4-But those deaths, were primarily in communities comprised of POC and poor whites.
People considered by the elite as disposable. 🧐😔
If you're reading this & still feel that the '#opioidcrisis' narrative is truth, well, I hope that someone you love doesn't get that diagnosis of a lifelong disease that will leave them facing daily pain, or that someone you care about isn't in an accident & injured terribly. 😔
5-I also hope that someone you love isn't one of the millions battling addiction.
The hyperfocus on prescription medicines has done only harm to the sick & injured as well as those battling #addiction issues.
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4 Jun
The voices of anti-opioid PROPaganda @PaulCoelho @supportprop
2/From ~PainNewsNework~"Drs. Mark Sullivan and Jane Ballantyne say opioid medication numbs the physical and emotional pain of patients, but interferes with the human need for social connections.
“Their social and emotional functioning is messed up under a wet blanket of opioids”
3/Then there's Anna Lembke who tells us that we should 'find joy in our pain'... while accusing us of 'adopting a sick role'.
Read 6 tweets
1 Apr
@Shasta_Rayne 1/Bottom line-we KNOW that the '#opioidcrisis' wasn't caused by MDs treating pain. We KNOW that it's primarily younger, often males, ODing on street drugs while #CPPs aren't ODing & are often older. We KNOW the PDMP is a drag net & DEA/LE involvement is why MDs are afraid to RX.
@Shasta_Rayne 2/We KNOW state Standards of Care were drafted around CDC 'guideline' with DEA scrutiny as their backdrop for policy making. We listened in as they changed pain tx standards with that in mind.
"How much & for how long can I rx my post surgical pt without DEA coming down on me."
@Shasta_Rayne 3/We KNOW HHS & the NPS has created a tragic mess for pain patients even though this OD issue was NEVER REALLY ABOUT PRESCRIBING; and we know why.
At some point, even if it was initially believed to be a public safety issue, it became a money issue when the truth came out.
Read 4 tweets
30 Mar
1-Some things are clear after watching the show today.
1/Drug use does not = addiction.
2/Ppl choose to use drugs; recreationally or in addictive process. There is no blame w/accidental ODs except the unknown aspect of the drug being used.
@TamronHallShow @drcarlhart
3/People are suffering in the addiction community, and now too in the pain community, as the national discussion around 'opioids' has been largely based on high emotion vs rational discourse and sadly mainly due to profit driven agendas & policies.
4/As a parent of an adult child battling addiction, I've been unable to be there for her, because as I as a person with a severe C-spine injury and chronic illness I am denied the pain MEDICINES that allowed me to function.
Read 6 tweets
27 Mar
@OldHeadFighta @lakeparkcpl @JT_Berone @national_pain 1-The NPS focus is primarily a data mining study of CPPs and pain, states pain is a biopsychosocial experience, places emphasis on 'alternatives' & 'multi-modal' options while constantly equating opioids w/ OUD & addiction as 'risk'.
'Reduce new starts', a rule of thumb.
@OldHeadFighta @lakeparkcpl @JT_Berone @national_pain 2-While NPS professes to support 'patient centered care' we know that that is not possible when opiates are concerned as treating pain in that realm is overseen by non medical entities creating policies that involve DEA/DOJ/LE involvement.
@OldHeadFighta @lakeparkcpl @JT_Berone @national_pain 3-The NPS actually removes MD and PT autonomy in making medical decisions. It also professes not to discriminate but promotes screening people for recreational drug use, childhood trauma, domestic violence or rape as a 'risk management' tool in regard to prescribing practice.
Read 5 tweets
8 Mar
@OldHeadFighta @headdock @BethDarnall 1/People on coumadin who have PRO TIMES isn't a good example to pain patients being tested for illicit drug use to see if they're closet recreational drug users or addicts. People in pain should not be being penalized for the actions of others.
@OldHeadFighta @headdock @BethDarnall 2/Now if we're going to put ALL patients with ANY disease or health condition into PDMP databases and drug test them multiple times a year randomly, all to ensure 'pt safety', let me reiterate ALL PATIENTS, then it would no longer be a discriminatory policy. It also wouldn't fly.
@OldHeadFighta @headdock @BethDarnall 3/For instance, a heart patient using cocaine for instance. It would be in their best interest to drug test them regularly right to prevent a catastrophic cardiac event? And since anyone could be using illicit drugs that could harm them ALL ppl should be tested by this 'logic'.
Read 6 tweets
5 Feb
1/Here's the content of the letters being sent out for the National Pain Council letter drive.
I'll also be composing a letter for the White House, POTUS, and FLOTUS.
@JonelleElgaway @ThomasKlineMD #PainCareCrisis

My name is Arianne...
2/ I am one of tens of millions being harmed by the unauthorized and baseless set of new standards and one-size-fits-all "rules” set forth by the CDC for treating chronic pain.
3/ I have two painful conditions, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and a C-spine injury, both conditions leave me dealing with daily intractable pain.
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