War on Opioids, Part I

The war on opioids began around 2010 when the Centers for Disease Control announced there were over 16,000 opioid-related deaths. That’s a big number – but not all of those deaths involved opioids alone. Our first guest, Angelika, suffers from a painful joint hypermobility condition called “Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.” Despite having a traumatic biking accident, she refused to go to the emergency room, fearing

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  1. Hi Dr. Paul,
    I enjoy the information you have for chronic pain sufferers. I often share your links with those I advocate for. It’s very disturbing that our government is getting too involved in our treatment and care. Many pain management clinics are shutting down because they cannot practice medicine with their hands behind their backs. The oath of do no harm is beginning to happen and they feel that it’s unethical to keep practicing medicine. Some have said that it’s too painful to watch their patients suffer to begin with but now they have to suffer unnecessarily. They know what treatment will help. They know what medication will help but the insurance company and the ohio law makes his established patients start new with step therapy. Not only with medication but with treatment. So they’re patients are getting angry at them even though it’s the law and the hospital wants more numbers more money. Because the law won’t allow the established patient to get his cortisone injection every 6 months, it not only causes the patient pain but days missed from work, money for meds that had been tried that don’t work and they cannot enjoy life. For the doc he sees his patient suffer, his numbers drop 50% since January so he fears his job because they give him a month to bring it up. How can he? It’s not about the almighty dollar. These patients are suffering needlessly. How do we get this to end? Is there a part 2 to the war on opioids? Thank you.

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