Posted on 1/14/2015 at the National Pain Report website:
CDC Sets late January Meeting for Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain
Richard Oberg M.D.
January 14, 2016 at 11:37 am
Anecdotes are considered abhorrent for national policy yet that side uses them all the time – why the double standard?
One last thing – if the data construct used for saying opioid use is ineffective was applied to antibiotics they’d also be considered ineffective – yet ‘we’ all know that’s not true. Why? Antibiotics are widely misused and over-prescribed for self limited viral illness, etc. more than used for legitimate causes and would dilute large statistical analyses to show they don’t work which, of course, is nonsense. Yet another statistical double standard…
And if the data construct used for saying opioid use is ineffective was applied to antidepressants, they’d also be considered ineffective. If the same construct was used for chemotherapy, would those drugs also be banned except for use by those who’ve been diagnosed as terminal? After chemotherapy, how long do most cancer patients live? Do patients live longer on opioid therapy than those who go through chemotherapy?