Steve Ariens, AKA Pharmacist Steve, joins us on the 18th episode of The Chronically Human Podcast, to discuss how the overdose crisis is affecting those with chronic pain.
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We discuss how the current War on Docotrs and pain patients hasn’t reduced the number of overdose deaths, how people in chronic pain are being treated like criminals and how the War on Drugs has nearly destroyed the Doctor patient relationship.
During our discussion we also tackled the myths, exaggerations and outright lies of the recent 60 minutes story about the origins of the Opioid crisis and the solutions being pushed by their expert they had on.
We also talk about how the term “Opioid misuse disorder” is now being used by those pushing the anti-Opioid campaign. This term is extremely problematic and can negatively affect those who they label with the diagnosis. One of the main problems with that label is that there are no objective lag test for it, it has an extremely vague definition and it can effectively describe everyone who has ever used pain pills for over a week.
Another problem with the 60 minute story was the assertion by their expert that opioids are only good for end of life treatment or for 2-3 days after surgery and that there’s no evidence they are effective for long term therapy.
The FDA doesn’t require any drug to show effectiveness for over 90 days including anti-depressants and that there are huge issues with Opioid studies because those given the placebos drop out early and it’s considered unethical to basically torture people in pain on a long term basis.
If he wants evidence all he has to do is ask the 20 million people in chronic pain who’ve been on long term pain medicine if it helps or not. That’s enough evidence for me.
My take is who appointed the so-called expert quoted in the 60 minutes piece, Dr. A.K., the authority on how much pain I or anyone else should experience? This so-called expert is a psychiatrist who didn’t disclose during the 60 minutes piece that he is part of the Univesity who charges money to state governments to implement Prescription Drug Monitoring programs. They presented him as an expert on pain meds when in reality he isn’t.
This highlights many of the topics we discussed which centers around the problem with having the government involved with our healthcare choices. The larger the role of government is in healthcare the more people like Dr. A.K. will use the force of government to enrich themselves at the expense of others
Pharmacist Steve and I discuss the financial aspect of the crisis and while all these billions are being spent to fight the Opioid crisis, prescriptions for opioids are at a 15 year low and Opioid overdoses (mostly due to illegal fentanyl) are at a 15 year high.
We also discuss the wider war on drugs and why the Iron Law of Prohibtion and the government’s own regulations are behind what the media and those in power blame on drugs, drug users, people in pain and doctors.
The current Opioid crisis is in reality an overdose crisis within the addiction community. Only 4 out of 1000 can become addicted to opioids. Why punished 98.5% of the population for something they can never develop?
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