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OPIOIDS ARE EFFECTIVE FOR CHRONIC PAIN

Contrary to what the mainstream media and "anti-opioid" lobbyists would have you believe, legally prescribed opioid painkillers DO actually work for chronic pain. Opioids have been used for thousands of years to provide relief from pain, so why is there a mis-perception or inference in recent times they should only be used for acute pain?

In America the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines state there is "insufficient evidence to determine long-term benefits of opioid therapy for chronic pain" [SEE LINK BELOW], and in Australia we are told there is a "lack of evidence for opioids in the management of chronic non-cancer pain" [i.e. based on the International Assoc. for the Study of Pain Policy Document February 2018].

Many anti-opioid activists claim there is “no evidence” or "insufficient evidence" opioids work long-term, yet there are NO high quality, placebo controlled studies routinely conducted for longer than 3 months. Therefore, to say there is no evidence is "a misleading statement, because non-opioid pain medications and alternative treatments are not studied for long periods either."

IF there are no reputable or "good studies" that go beyond 3 months [i.e. due to funding and other regulatory and scientific restrictions], surely the absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence? There is a silent majority of responsible chronic pain patients, using their opioid pain killers safely and successfully for many years, yet their voice is not being heard.

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Study Finds Opioid Medication Effective for Chronic Pain — P...

Study Finds Opioid Medication Effective for Chronic Pain — Pain News Network

By Pat Anson, Editor Opioids have been used for thousands of years to provide relief from pain. But are they an effective treatment? Are they worth the risk of addiction? And do they improve quality of life? Millions of chronic pain patients who use prescription opioids so that they can work,
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CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS DID NOT CAUSE THE OPIOID CRISIS.

It seems Australia has not learnt from the dire situation in America, whereby prescriptions to patients for legitimate opioids have DROPPED 60% in the last 10yrs, yet overdoses have DOUBLED in that same timeframe! In fact, reputable studies indicate where there is “No previous or current history of abuse/addiction, the percentage of abuse/addiction [in chronic pain patients] was calculated at 0.19%."

Cracking down on legally issued prescriptions [as part of the failed War Against Drugs], in no way is a good outcome for those who have responsibly used their opioids for years, i.e. a cohort of people who are NOT addicted to their life-saving medications, & who ONLY use their legally prescribed pain relief as required!

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#opioidcrisis #OpioidEpidemic #opioidrestrictions #OpioidAddiction #OpioidUseDisorder #prescriptionopioids #opioidmedications #illicitdrugs #fentanyl #Addiction #Dependence #policymakers #StopTheStigma #ChronicPain #Chronicpainwarrior #chronicpainmanagement #overdoses

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CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS DID NOT CAUSE THE OIPIOID EPIDEMIC.

It seems Australia has not learnt from the dire situation in America, whereby prescriptions to patients for legitimate opioids have DROPPED 60% in the last 10yrs, yet overdoses have DOUBLED in that same timeframe! In fact, reputable studies indicate where there is “No previous or current history of abuse/addiction, the percentage of abuse/addiction [in chronic pain patients] was calculated at 0.19%."

Cracking down on legally issued prescriptions [as part of the failed War Against Drugs], in no way is a good outcome for those who have responsibly used their opioids for years, i.e. a cohort of people who are NOT addicted to their life-saving medications, & who ONLY use their legally prescribed pain relief as required!

www.linkedin.com/posts/kevin-james-971278190_opioidcrisis-op...

#opioidcrisis #OpioidEpidemic #opioidrestrictions #OpioidAddiction #OpioidUseDisorder #prescriptionopioids #opioidmedications #illicitdrugs #fentanyl #Addiction #Dependence #policymakers #StopTheStigma #ChronicPain #Chronicpainwarrior #chronicpainmanagement #overdoses

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Vastness of Symptoms #Arachnoiditis #AdhesiveArachnoiditis

I suffer from #Arachnoiditis #ChronicPain and so many other issues, but I have so many symptoms and I feel like I never know what is causing what. Having to explain it to the doctors seems impossible. I am in pain even though I am on medication and with the fake #OpioidEpidemic creating havoc there is nothing but epidural steroid injections in my neck and SI joints that they do over and over and no end in sight....so tired of it all....

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The Shaft #OpioidEpidemic #OpioidStigma

Only recently did my primary care physician (whom I’ve know for many many years) take pity on me, the chronic pain patient who had already tried EVERYTHING else after 18 years of doing my time (chronic pain time, not prison, come on guys, like we have the energy for crime).
At this point, I was losing my mind from pain due to #Fibromyalgia and #Lupus as well as the eighteen year stint with #Endometriosis . Not a day without pain, no more work, existing, not living.
So here I am, thanking God for the relief to come. My dr says to me...don’t expect a pain day to ever be better than a 6 (on that STUPID pain scale... where really, my pain goes from tolerable to intolerable. Every month is like jumping through a million hoops to get my script. My doctor messes up the script, the pharmacy needs to triple check their asses, I’m being accused of asking early when February had 28 DAYS, and for once - my math is right.
There is no situation here where I don’t look like a drug seeker when all I need is the dr to okay the pharmacy, but it’s like pulling teeth.
And my pain is never better than a six. #worthit ?
#PainManagement

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