(4/21/2016) Reducing the Risks of Relief — The CDC Opioid-Prescribing Guideline
By Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., and Debra Houry, M.D., M.P.H.
Where are the studies that show there’s a difference between cancer pain and other chronic pain? Why does a cancer patient deserve adequate and affordable treatment, while chronic pain patients are forced to suffer? Because a small percentage (of rich, white patients) may become addicted? Does the CDC contend that dependence and addiction are the same thing?
Mr. Frieden, what the CDC has done (along with the DEA) is legalized torture, the definition of which is to “inflict severe pain on.” (Do you think chronic pain can’t ever be characterized as severe or acute?) Torture is also “the action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or to force them to do or say something…” (That’s a great definition of the drug war.)
You’re not only punishing chronic pain patients, you are torturing them. Admit it. Admit the blatant discrimination in these “guidelines.” Admit that being an alcoholic does not give you any experience with the treatment of chronic pain.
I am a 30-year intractable pain survivor. The only treatment option I have left is the right to die. Thanks, CDC. (Also posted at painkills2 on WordPress.)
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My comment was approved for posting on the CDC’s website, but they removed this language:
“Admit it. Admit the blatant discrimination in these ‘guidelines.’ Admit that being an alcoholic does not give you any experience with the treatment of chronic pain.”