GUEST COLUMN: Physician’s perspective on how to reduce the abuse

Richard S. Pieters, M.D., professor of Radiation Oncology and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, is president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

My comment:

painkills2 • 3 minutes ago
Until the medical industry can come up with a treatment that works on pain as well as opioids, all this will mean nothing but forcing people to the street to relieve their pain. There’s a reason that the true epidemic is in the mistreatment and under-treatment of pain, and not in the use of opioids. There’s a reason that there are now more people who suffer from chronic pain, as they’ve been forced into all these expensive interventional and alternative treatments that are ineffective.

The PDMPs are not an effective tool, as states that have had them for many years have the same problems as states that do not. The PDMPs can be described as a blacklist for pain patients and anyone who is prescribed certain medications — they were funded and created by law enforcement and do not belong in health care.

The federal government is more interested in tracking pain patients than in finding rapists. What’s wrong with this picture?

“The FBI also created a database to contain detailed case descriptions to help police capture serial rapists who operate across state lines. But it is seldom used. Of 79,770 rapes reported to police in 2013, only 240 cases were entered into the database—0.3 percent.”

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