HHS takes strong steps to address opioid-drug related overdose, death and dependence

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2015pres/03/20150326a.html

The President’s FY 2016 budget includes critical investments to intensify efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse, including $133 million in new funding…

Providing training and educational resources, including updated prescriber guidelines, to assist health professionals in making informed prescribing decisions and address the over-prescribing of opioids…

So, dependence is now the same as addiction.  Wonderful.

Too bad there’s not any funding to address the real epidemic, the under-treatment and mistreatment of pain.  I’m sure these “educational” resources will tell doctors to stop prescribing pain medications, and instead, just prescribe antidepressants, acupuncture and massage.

And the lives of pain patients are about to get even worse…

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