CDC Sets late January Meeting

Posted on 1/14/2015 at the National Pain Report website:

CDC Sets late January Meeting for Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain

Under comments:

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?

2 thoughts on “CDC Sets late January Meeting

  1. nice. now send it somewhere, like your local papers. or the press–just prepare a small media package for the, the info on a cute small sheet, fitted into a pretty looking packet with a thank you and your card, maybe include a candy bar. Press like candy. My ex used to do this all the time to promote and get out there issues on atheism, culturism, superstition, etc. he made press packets like cookies. then he went and hand delivered them (but a delivery service would be just fine) and schmoozed them about the issue and why it should be aired. he was successful about half the time, with at least one paper or tv channel. Seriously, this is just a suggestion…the article above is very well written, and looks to be well sourced.

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  2. The way I see it it is not that opioid painkillers are ineffective but that they are the only form of effective painkiller for severe pain. This is a problem given their addictive qualities and I have also read online that a lot of people in the USA start off on opioid painkillers and progress onto heroin. Also as I am a recovering addict, surrounded by a lot of former heroin addicts in the UK, many of them relapse when they are prescribed opioid painkillers. It seems to be that new research is needed to develop strong non-opioid pain killers, but there is obviously no money in this or drug companies would be doing it.


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