CDC Spending $4.8 Million to “Raise Awareness” about Prescription Opioid Abuse

CDC Spending $4.8 Million to “Raise Awareness” about Prescription Opioid Abuse

By Staff

One would think that the massive amount of attention to prescription opioids and the sweeping changes to guidelines and law that have come this year would be enough to raise awareness in the US. But the CDC thinks that is not enough. It recently awarded a task order of $4.8 million to ICF (NASDAQ:ICFI) develop a large scale advertising program.

According to a press release, “ICF will oversee the development of a large-scale, targeted communications campaign designed to raise awareness about the risks associated with prescription opioid abuse. Among its responsibilities under the task order, ICF will oversee development and placement of digital and social media advertisements and maintain an active social media presence for the campaign. Additionally, ICF will create online, mobile-accessible training for providers. ICF also will develop tools, training and outreach to promote adoption of CDC’s Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain by physicians and other healthcare providers. This work supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ commitment to address the opioid crisis as a top priority and intensify its efforts to reduce opioid misuse and abuse.”

“Prescription drug overdose affects a vast number of Americans and their families each year,” said Frances Heilig, vice president for ICF International. “Our communications work on the risks of illicit drug use has given us a solid understanding of the impact of prescription opioid abuse on our society. We look forward to working with the CDC to help dissect and communicate this complex issue to increase its visibility across a variety of audiences and reduce the incidence of drug-related deaths in the United States.”

With access to opioids becoming an increasing problem for pain sufferers who do not abuse their medication, one can expect that the onslaught of ads and promotion of the CDC’s restrictive guidelines will simple amplify the problems many face around the country.

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There are 61 comments for this article
  1. Bob Schubring at 8:27 pm

    Thanks, Tim Mason, for the article on ICF getting the contract in 2011 from CDC to do a “behavior study”. Ordinary folks who don’t build drones, fighter jets, or surface-to-air missiles for a living, find government cost accounting and government procurement to be baffling subjects. Our eyes glaze over, after reading 3 pages into a 700-page contract. I can easily see how dishonest contractors soaked the Air Force $900 for an ordinary hammer: they charged a couple of dollars for a cheap, ordinary hammer, then tacked on $898 or so in fees, for writing an instruction manual on how to use the hammer properly. Crooks pull these kinds of stunts because people get bored and ignore what they are watching.

    ICF is an immense corporation that pays immense amounts of salary and benefits to it’s executives. It gets that money out of other businesses, and from federal agencies that hire it to do projects like this.

    Where did those funds come from? According to Dr John C Goodman, founder of Dallas think tank The Goodman Institute, about $2 Trillion came from patients, largely without our knowledge. In an article published January 4th, 2017 in Forbes magazine, Dr Goodman lists the various pressure groups who formed an alliance, agreeing to cut their fees or pay extra taxes, as part of the Affordable Care Act. Money that used to provide patient care, was “saved”. These funds went somewhere. In ordinary circumstances, Congress enacts an annual Budget, as mandated by the Constitution. But over the past 8 years, Republicans and Democrats have failed to enact a budget.

    This creates an intriguing problem, for anyone trying to unearth the relationship between federal contractors and the agency bosses who hire them, and also the retiring agency bosses who become executives or lobbyists for those contractors.

    Did the brilliant people who sold $900 hammers to the Air Force, just make it too expensive for anybody to get affordable care, by stealing the money?

    We might have an easier time learning about it, if Congress would obey the Constitution and enact a budget.

  2. Tim Mason at 7:29 pm

    Bob,
    The German Monopoly was busted up and Imperial Chemical was begun. I attached a link that should pick up where the Germans left off. ICI became AkzoNobel a company which I know work for as an analytical research chemist. After working for a major patent drug company Chattanooga Medicine Company (elixirs from plants etc) I worked for Merck, Bayer and others in their drug labs. I find myself determining molecular weight and structures of hybrid polymers used in the oil fields, off shore and land wells as well as fracking chemicals.
    It is just a wiki article but it is interesting.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Chemical_Industries

  3. scott michaels at 8:17 am

    IT’S LIKE THOWING US IN A LAKE , UNABLE TO SWIM, WITH OUR HANDS AND FEET TIED BEING SHOT AT.

  4. Thisis Ceerious at 4:16 pm

    In the CDC “guidline” the CDC sites that the chronic pain patient is not even educated enough about what we are putting into our bodies to even call our medication byt the name they, the CDC would like our medication to be called. They don’t like us to call our medication “narcotics”, they like or think we should know enough about what we have to take to control our chronic pain to call our medication “opioids”. They call our doctors or those who prescribe our medication “clinicians”. O.K., maybe we are not using the terminology that they, the CDC wishes us to use. Those of us who are going to our M.D.’s and those of us who have been referred to a pain management specialist ARE abiding by law and we care enoughabout our health AND abiding the LAW to spend hundreds of dollars per month and several hours bi-monthly to ease our NON CANCER CHRONIC PAIN. I would rather be examined by a physician and prescribed an opioid medication to be able to LIVE than to have the CDC terminate medication and either buy illicit drugs OR become a patient at a methadone clinic. The CDC REALLY believes that if a patient does not have a malignant cancer then that patient CAN NOT be in enough pain to be treated as an individual but, just have the type and amount of “opioid” medication that the CDC recommends from Atlanta, Georgia prescibed to us. What do we even need educated, seasoned pain management physicians for? We the non cancer patients are to be heavily regulated “down” on the type AND dosage of medication “across the board” so to speak, whether it is sufficient medication……..or not. They don’t really care.. The physicians DO NOT have the final prescribing authority that they (the CDC) are telling chronic pain patients our physicians have. We are being placed into a statistical number arrived at by a CDC “study” that was done.. Unfortunately, illicit drug users are included in the study also.. The study concluded that in 2015 54,000 people perished with opioids in their system at time of death. I agree, too many deaths but, what percentage of these 54,000 folks were being prescribed opioid medication by their MD’s and or pain management specialists? Patients that are prescribed medication only AFTER a visit “in person” with their doctor? Physicians KNOW who among us need opioid medication for chronic pain and who among us do not. The CDC maintains the “guidline” is to educate both the physicians and patients to asess who among us REALLY need opioids to control the chronic pain. I personally must report in person to my pain management specialist every two months. I am “pill” counted, urine tested in the office, and then the office smaple is sent to an independent lab who again tests me for proper usage of the medication I am prescribed. Yet the CDC maintains that I am receiving too much medication because I do not have a malignant cancer at this time. I am actually taking 33%, one third LESS medication than I was 6 years ago. Same kind of opioid, less dosage. It is NOT because the pain has become less intense, it is because I have learned to manage pain better myself by staying active, keeping my core muscles strong, and using common sense. When the CDC reduces my medication that I am now on by a “MANDATED” 80% of what I have been prescribed for about 6 years, I will no longer be able to support myself, or do the necessary functions I need on a day to day basis. The CDC does not believe that what I am prescribed is “MEDICALLY NECESSARY” and they have concluded this fact without even examining me!! Pretty good diagnosing, right! So my chronic pain specialist has been ORDERED to reduce me 80% down on medication from what I have been prescribed for about 6 years, AND if I can NOT be reduced on my medication without morbid thoughts, and after losing my job, and after NOT being able to find any relief for chronic pain that has been there for many years, unable to function, unable to support myself and my wife, then the physician is to DISMISS me from his care OR risk having his license revoked! What do you think he will do. Of course, he has to “support” himself and his family! What is the answer from the CDC? They DO NOT have an answer! IF the final prescribing was TRULY left to the physicians, I would NOT have any problem complying with his judgment. He has seen me every two months for the past 6 years. I have been treated for 2 failed back surgeries for 18 years. I trusted the orthopedic surgeon, not that I had a choice but, the surgeries placed me in the “failed back surgery syndrome”! That is the medical category. Doesn’t matter how you categorize it, and it doesn’t matter especially HOW we have come to be in disabling chronic pain, there IS sufficient, orderly, law abiding, sensible, TREATMENT for us. However our chronic pain should NOT be treted the SAME for everyone from the CDC office in Atlanta Georgia. I accept treatment as an INDIVIDUAL with a medical condition that requires physician prescribed opioids as the last option I have at this time. REDUCING all opioid prescribing “across the board” is the same as throwing 100 million non swimmers into a deep lake and watching who learns to swim and ……….who don’t!

  5. Maureen at 11:23 am

    Bob, That’s excellent!! There are so many dots to connect re: all the drug history and you painted and provided an awesome overview! That’s very interesting! Thank you.

  6. Kristine (Krissy) Anderson at 10:23 am

    Wow, Bob. That’s amazing history. Really good of you to share that. I know I appreciate it very much. Looking at history whenever one is involved in something helps make sense of the real world, doesn’t it?

  7. Bob Schubring at 5:23 pm

    Tim Mason brought up a subject that deserves further explanation: Methadone.

    Shortly after his election as German Chancellor, National Socialist Party leader Adolf Hitler moved to create the Intressengemeinschaft für Farbenindustrie, (IG Farben), a monopoly over the entire chemical industry of Germany. The Party immediately took a public position, seeking peace and stability in Europe. Simultaneously it took a private position seeking a war of conquest to control first Europe, then the entire planet. IG Farben told it’s employees, “Germany has no foreign colonies, therefore we must have chemicals.”. Applying this doctrine to healthcare, it meant that plant-derived medicines that were grown in African and Asian jungles, were to be replaced, as fast as possible, with synthetic molecules manufactured from coal, of which Germany had a lot.

    In 1937, Gustav Erhart and Max Bockmühl, working for IG Farben, invented the substance we now call Methadone. Because people get shot and otherwise wounded in battle, the powerful pain-relieving potential of Methadone was seen by the Party as of the utmost strategic importance, and it was rushed into production. When war came, Germany would make pain killers in their factories, using coal from their mines. France, Britain, and Russia would depend on pain killers made from opium poppies grown in French Indochina…what are now the nations of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, Two years later, when war came, Japan invaded French Indochina, and it was thought initially that the Allies would be forced to treat our wounded, and any civilians who got sick enough to require surgery, with no medicines at all for pain.

    That proved overly ambitious.

    The Shah of Iran had invited German scientists to explore for oil there. Recognizing that Iran was militarily weak, a small British and Russian force invaded Iran and took it over briefly. The Shah fled to German-occupied Paris and lived there throughout the war. (His son, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, seems to have liked the brutal totalitarian Gestapo tactics he saw, growing up in occupied Paris. He was overthrown in 19?8.). Almost immediately the British launched poppy farming in Iran, and those supplies, along with farms in India, kept the Allies supplied with pain meds for our wounded, throughout the war.

    Richard Nixon dusted off Methadone, as a prospective treatment for opioid addiction. The Nixon-inspired myths surrounding Methadone, begin with the racist notion made popular in 1914, that Black Americans have uncontrollable urges relating to drugs and sex. Supposedly, Methadone suppresses the uncontrollable urges but does not make people high. Of course, there is no scientific proof for the disease of “uncontrollable Black urges”…it’s a lie made up entirely and repeated with a straight face until some people started to think it might be true…so there CANNOT BE scientific proof that Methadone works to cure or control the made-up uncontrollable urges. (To find such scientific proof, the made-up urges would have to be real, so that the drug could be tested on people who get the urges. Because the made-up urges are a lie, so is everything ever said or implied, about the effectiveness of Methadone in relieving those made-up urges.)

    So what was Nixon actually up to?

    Conceivably, he wanted to replace some of the pain killers used in patient care, with Methadone, to make Vietnam unimportant, so that it could be abandoned.

    Conceivably he wanted to stockpile Methadone, in case of war with Russia.

    Conceivably he could have been completely boinkers and had no good reason at all, to promote the drug.

    Under international law, a King is personally responsible for what his country does. At war, a king can order the enemy king killed, as punishment for the war. The USA is a republic run by We the People. It is we who are personally responsible, when our government officials do an evil deed abroad or at home.

    In the end, it does not matter why Nixon dusted off the old Nazi drug Methadone. What matters, is that lies were told, to promote that drug’s use. We have a duty, as voters, to demand that those lies stop circulating.

  8. Kristine Anderson (Krissy) at 5:05 pm

    There are tons of FB pages, so don’t start another one. Just go to FB and search some of the terms you want. There are actually too many of them and it messes up people trying to get groups and ideas put together with a large following. Some even have them just for the state you live in, some have them for certain events and purposes. Personally I like having conversations here too, but most of these articles get posted to the FB groups having to do with chronic pain and “the fight.” If anyone belongs to FB groups that are related to pain and pain management, as well as the subjects covered here, be sure to copy and paste these articles to your groups!

  9. Tim Mason at 11:35 am

    The only thing I know of that ethyl alcohol is used as a medicine to treat is in methyl alcohol poisoning. Therefore, ethyl alcohol is not really a drug per se. Ethyl alcohol is use to dissolve alcohol soluble drugs to get them into solution to prepare certain elixirs. i.e. codeine in cough formulations.
    The addiction centers want to get in on insurance plans. i.e. methadone treatment centers
    People talk about “morphineism” which supposedly existed after the U.S. Civil War. There is no clear reference that this was actually a disease state only that men that were shot with a 57 caliber piece of lead or an iron cannon ball fragment had to be continually treated for chronic pain that resulted from their injuries. This was the preferred method of treatment as opposed to the opium tincture (Laudanum) widely abused in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laudanum
    Oddly, diacetylmorphine was named “Heroin” because it was supposed to save the opium addict from his addiction. The bottle of Heroin label often depicted a gowned woman wielding a sword and pointing it toward the sky.
    It was discovered that Heroin was even more addictive than opium.
    I would say that “Methadone” is the modern day version of “Heroin” and methadone is highly addictive itself. People overdose on methadone as well and it is highly abused by the circle of friends that go to a particular clinic. The strength Methadone falls somewhere between morphine sulfate and hydromorphone.
    In Spain, where addiction was decriminalized, addicts get their daily dose of methadone from what we see in the US as a mobile food vendor or “break truck” ” or “roach coach”.
    It is dispensed the way because drug addicts cannot manage a months supply of the drug. Compare that to a chronic pain patient that has proved herself or himself able to manage a month supply of medication. It is proved via pill counts and UDS.
    The chronic pain patient is not the problem. The biggest risk for addiction is YOUTH.

  10. Tim Mason at 7:54 pm

    Carla, the way I see it is like Banning Gasoline to stop drunk driving. Make gasoline illegal to purchase. I think what they would like to do is similar to Prohibition on Alcohol. But these drugs are tried and true for chronic pain and entire companies and doctors, hospitals treat people with pain causing pathologies.
    I feel the pain management system in effect by Board Certified Pain Management doctors works well in most cases. You just have to find a good one. Many of them, if not all of them use a NP or PA for follow-ups. These kids are young and pain naïve and lack empathy. I have had been treated poorly by some of them but when put your foot down and are honest you can bump your care back up to the MD level. A PM clinic doing it’s job will weed out those that try and abuse the system. When you are setting in their office with a MRI and a radiologist report that confirms your illness…who can argue with that? Doctor shopping is a valid reasonable thing to do. We are advised to do this in magazines but they say “find a doctor that treats people like you, people your age.” You don’t keep taking your car back to a shop that never fixes it..do you? Common sense is gone. And people are mad as hell, aggravated because they can not get relief and are not being listened to. I am a firm believer that a person needs a doctor that has experienced chronic pain himself or herself or have a grandparent or parent that they have seen suffer.
    I spent a week at Walter Reed Hospital back in 2001. I was working as a civilian on some high end diagnostic equipment. I saw some kids (20 somethings) that had half their limbs missing and some you could not see anything but a face, the rest in casts and bandages and in traction. I know some of them are still probably suffering in more ways than one. The images and the smell is forever burned in my mind. Pain has to be experienced to be understood. My pain doctor, while giving me an intra-articular injection told me he had a med tech give him one be cause he said he felt he needed to know what it felt like. I have a lot of respect for a doc like that.
    Love and Peace to all

  11. Joan Hamm at 6:30 pm

    Read in History and today. Many suicides are due to drug dealers.. Bad people. And those who had NO relief from Pain. It is too much for the body and mind to have horrible pain. Sick people control their meds as supposed to do. Due to they have been checked. Tested and approved for the meds that allow them to live. Americans suicides will increase greatly due to your mistakes. Go after the big drug dealers.. Smugglers etc. And sold illegally. DO NOT go after the sick who respect their medicines. And remember everyone is different for example medical marijuana may work for som people but not others. Same as all meds. Do not create more suicides due to this idea you want to put in place. You are going the wrong way. America will have this as another excuse for other Countries to put us down!!!

  12. scott michaels at 10:41 am

    because there is no way to find a cure for pain. There are too may causes and too many deseases that cause pain. The only thing we can do is control it. THE BEST WAY FOR US IS PROOVEN TO BE OPIOID THERAPY. DOSES TO BE DETERMINED BY THE AMOUNT OF EACH PERSON SUFFERS. 120 MG EQ OF MORPHENE IS A CUT OF ABOUT 75%FOR MOST OF US. THEREFORE WERE ARE UNDERTREATED BASED ON FALSE STATISTICS. THE CDC WILL NEVER ADMITT THIS BIG LIE THAT WAS PERPETUATED BY POLITICIANS AND INSURANCE COMPANIES LIKE KAISER THAT CAN REDUCE THEIR EXPENSES AT THE COST OF THE PATIENTS NEEDS. THIS IS ALREADY CAUSING A LARGE NUMBER OF SUICIDES AND STREET DRUG USAGE. THOSE LIKE MYSELF WERE ENOJYING THE RESULTS FROM THE OPOID THERAPY ARE NOW REDUCED TO FEELING THE PAIN THAT WAS ONCE CONTROLLED. WE ARE LIED TO BY DOCTORS THAT ARE FORCED TO REDUCE US BY THE INSURANCE COMPANIES AND MEDICARE BECAUSE THEY ARE THREATENED OF JOB LOSS AND JAIL. KAISER SO. CAL HAS 7000 PAIN PATIENTS RECIEVING PAIN MEDICATION. HOW MANY MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ARE THE GOING TO SAVE. FOR YEARS THEY TREATED US WITH NO REGARD FOR DOSAGE. BECAUSE IT WORKED. NOW THEY HAVE A LOOPHOLE THEY CAN USE TO DO DIRECTED HARM TO PATIENTS WITH OUT PUNISHMENT. MAYBE THE NEW CDC DIRECTOR WILL REVIEW THIS AND CHANGE IT. UNTIL THEN WERE SCREWED.

  13. scott michaels at 7:12 am

    are these senators democrate or repulican.

  14. Carla Cheshire at 7:04 am

    Is there a facebook page, a group or a website where we can converse together without having to comment on the end of an article in National Pain Report? If not, lets start one!

  15. MW at 3:56 am

    WHY is “alcoholism” (or addiction to alcohol) treated as a disease whereas legitimate “chronic pain” (or a need for opiates) is NOT?? Treatment for alcoholism and cigarette smoking is even covered by health insurance. Yet the CDC is attempting to remove opiate medication from those who need it most. I recently sent this email to someone I know:

    Granted, 2 years have passed since these stats but they can’t be THAT different now:

    Nearly 88,000 people in 2014, (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States.

    During 2014, 47,055 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States.

    Taken from the National Institute of Health website

    THESE ARE STATISTICAL FINDINGS

  16. MW at 3:38 am

    Like Kristine Anderson, I too wonder why so much money is being thrown at treating addiction (“addicts”, or those who take pain medicine to get high) but not at TRULY legitimate pain patients. All of my joints, including my entire spine, are arthritic and I simply cannot have every single joint replaced. No one is throwing any money at people like myself – and there are many of us – to solve this problem, which likely is a great portion of the opiate USE (USE, NOT ABUSE.)

  17. Krissy at 9:24 pm

    Tim, thank you so much! How kind and generous of you to spend your time to help me with my research. It will be put to good use, and hopefully make some kind of difference.

    Regards,
    Krissy

  18. Tim Mason at 4:59 pm

    Krissy,
    I have a pile of articles stating percentages that I printed out over the last year. They come from various sources from Woman’s Day, NIH PubMed, FDA, CDC etc. The common missing link in most CDC, FDA report is age and disease association. I have a list of opioid negative senators.
    It might take me a weekend or two to compile a decent “Fact Sheet of Erroneous Reports” with links but I can do that for you. I will submit it to the editors of this blog and reference your request to this thread.

    All the best,

  19. Krissy at 10:36 pm

    TIM, have you by any chance kept track of the “bad” numbers at the CDC and filed them? I have so many files to discern them would take weeks. I could use them for this report as well as for some other information I’m putting together.

    Thanks,
    Krissy Anderson

  20. Tim Mason at 8:40 pm

    I hope they took my advice last year. I wrote them and told them that they needed a degreed statistician or two on their payroll because their numbers were hokey. They even have spreadsheets with all the variables. All one needs is the raw data from doctors and various agencies including pharmacies and law enforcement etcetera. Of course some names of individuals is of no concern as far as HIPPA is concerned.
    If the CDC can count the mosquito population by subspecies in any county in a state and obtain flu epidemic values by state going back several years they CAN put together an accurate drug related study with highly accurate numbers.
    People want facts, not fake news and silly reports in TV news interviews and “Special Reports” by overpaid TV news personalities.
    As Paul Harvey used to say “And now, the rest of the story”
    stay tuned.

  21. Kristine Anderson at 6:32 pm

    I agree that the addict needs help. It is an illness just like any other. But the complaint so many of us have is that if you go back and look, there are many of these infusions of huge dollars put in for addicts, while the pain patient suffers without any assistance at all. We are the ignored, broke and stigmatized group that no one wants to help. Therefore, many of us feel that there is so much information, money and resources already given to addicts (even if it’s not enough) while we are left in the cold.

  22. Doug M at 3:46 pm

    This is just a waist of tax dollars!!! Those who are overdosing know the dangers of opioids such as Heroin and Carfentylel. So, if you can’t produce positive results with the suggested solution, why would you keep trying the same thing over and over again?

  23. Bob Schubring at 9:20 pm

    Tim Mason, you raise a good point about the risk of self-medicating with adulterated street drugs, for pain. However, as the late Dr Joel Hochman, whose birthday was today, observed, enough pain will drive people insane. Dr H, to those who knew him, was a board-certified psychiatrist, whose Houston practice exclusively dealt with people in chronic pain. He freely acknowledged that all of them were perfectly sane if their pain was controlled. And he cautioned anyone who would listen, that the Drug War was sheer insanity…we Americans kept doing a thing that did more harm than good, despite the continuing evidence that we were doing more harm, than good.

    We need more doctors with his integrity.

  24. Carla Cheshire at 7:17 pm

    Tim Mason, your right. I believe the Pharma Bill that just passed Congress and was signed by the President has $8Billion that is supposed to go to the states over a 2-year period to be used for rehab and addiction services. It will be interesting to see how this money is allocated and spent. Every article I’ve read about opioid addiction, followed up by comments from the general public blames the addict for their addiction. They show no ability to empathize they do not want their tax dollars going to help addicts kick their habits. They believe they are criminals, they should be responsible for their actions, should get off drugs themselves and that jail is a good place to start. This is where the $5Million should be spent. To teach people that drug addiction is a disease and that addicts need help and a caring, positive environment to get the treatment they need to start a new life.

  25. Tim Mason at 5:56 pm

    Touché MichaelL. Spot on. It takes an insane person to use heroin that may be cut with fentanyl. Russian roulette.
    Back to the Addiction Centers. They would like to classify everyone an addict and get in on Insurance claims. If this happens, their costs would sky rocket. I don’t think it will ever happen.
    But follow the dollars.

  26. Tim Mason at 2:41 pm

    I must state that what the CDC has said in the past and the DEA is much like blaming gasoline for drunk driving. So…Let’s ban gasoline!
    Basically the system should work so that people that drink and drive do not buy gasoline. I believe that is what all the testing and exit strategies are intended to do. Identify and stop the abusers and people that divert their prescriptions for cash or other drugs.
    In my area of the country, a no primary care physician (PCP) has written a narcotic for more than a few days.

  27. Teresa at 1:46 pm

    If they would put that money toward educating about alternative treatments for pain, and make Health Insurance pay for the alternatives, they wouldn’t have so many people get addicted.

    I have to use massage, yoga, Reiki, EFT, Electro Magnetic Therapy, acupuncture/acupressure, and chiropractic adjustments to manage my pain. But I suffer because I can not afford these as often as I need them. My insurance doesn’t cover any of it, and I can’t afford it.

    As an Integrative Therapist myself, my chronic pain patients only come when they are in the worst crisis with their pain. Just because they cannot afford to come weekly, like they need to.

    I do have pains meds for those times when nothing else works and I need something to break the cycle of excruciating pain. And I know that some people just can’t function without some type of pain meds for relief. This doesn’t mean they are addicts. It means that their bodies are in too much pain for them to move or think, so they need some relief in order to try to live any type of life, which includes seeking alternative treatments.

  28. Jean Price at 1:05 pm

    This would be funny if it was a joke! But it’s not a joke…and it’s anything but funny! It’s absurd and ridiculous and another big smack in the face to those who live with life limiting pain which is already currently under-treated or denied treatment all together! Why? Because of their previous very successful CAMPAIGN of fraudulent claims of pain medication being the core issue in addiction! And overdose deaths! YET, IT IS NOT! And we all know this, so why are they promoting this further? Why do they insist on punishing us further than pain and their abusive “guideline” mentality already does…limiting our lives further because we are in way more pain than what is medically necessary?!

    This money is virtually from the public…maybe hurting their pocket books will get them to realize the CDC DOES NOT HAVE THEIR BEST INTEREST IN MIND EITHER!! What a waste, and whose pockets will this effort line?? Their campaign against pain medication isn’t logical, scientifically grounded, effective at reducing real drug addiction or overdose deaths, truthful, nor humane! It IS deceitful, wasteful of public/government funds, damaging to those innocent of abusing medications, destroying doctor patient relationships, destroying doctors lives and patient lives, leading to the deaths of those overburdened by UNNECESSARY PAIN, abusive, and truly criminal!

    So they are going to do more of the same? More publicizing their witch hunt against pain medication? Causing MORE HARM! MORE WASTED FUNDS! MORE DISABILITY! MORE DAMAGE! And MORE ABUSE AT THEIR HANDS!! Dear God, who are these people anyway? What drives them to such cruelty and absurdity! Surely there must be some reason besides their greed and desire of power. Why do they refuse to see and promote the truth! Surely there must be someone in our government who DOES CARE AND CAN BLOW THE WHISTLE ON THESE AGENCY CRIMINALS…and ALL THOSE who ARE BENEFITING from their deceit and their shenanigans!! Surely someone cares who has the power to help us and stop this craziness! Surely they will be reckoned with at some point…and maybe we can even survive to see this…or some of us will. While others will die with pain or of pain…and be lost in this made up war against PEOPLE…NOT DRUGS! Because that’s who the causalities are…real people whose only “fault” was to have persistent pain! And seek appropriate care! Pain medication is appropriate for those in pain! Just like heart medication is appropriate for those with heart disease! This isn’t rocket science, but it does require people to separate the issues of pain from the completely different issue of addiction to drugs/street drugs! And that’s pretty simple if they would just tell the truth. Guess that’s asking more of those at the CDC than possible! Guess that’s asking them to be conscientious and truthful…and not seek their own gain in all of this! God help us!

  29. Tim Mason at 5:25 am

    Michael,
    My experience with DO is just the opposite of what you describe. The ones I have known frown on most prescriptions of any kind. They are usually all about diet, exercise, meditation, etc,

  30. connie at 4:51 pm

    Bob Schubring. Your correct in saying we have the right to ask that we be represented and that our tax dollars are used wisely but unfortunately that isn’t ever going to happen! The revolutionary war was fought in part because of taxation without representation but we’re taxed more now without representation than we were back then! The company hired by the CDC could care less about what is legal or right when they’re going to receive almost 5 million dollars! I wish you luck in that campaign!

  31. connie at 4:21 pm

    Chrissie the CDC will never admit their mistake loud enough to get heard!

  32. connie at 4:12 pm

    Leah, feel lucky. My daughter is severely disabled both physically,mentally and emotionally yet doesn’t qualify for one red cent! No food stamps, no housing ,no medical. No check, no nothing! It’s just wrong! We send her what we can which is breaking us financially yet these bastards can waste money like this without batting an eyelash and feel like they’re doing a good thing for the country? Yeah right!

  33. debbie at 1:01 pm

    I have never abused my pain killers. They allowed me to work always took the bus never drove. But now they have been taken away from me so now I feel like crap. Always in pain at a level of 8 or higher and can not work. Don’t know what I am going to do anymore.

  34. Rev. Ronald Myers, Sr., M.D. at 12:31 pm

    I read the article “CDC spending $4.8 million to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse” and am very concerned that more tax payers resources may be used to prevent chronic pain patients, who need prescription narcotic medications, from receiving them.

    This especially includes people with sickle cell anrmia.

    It is very important for everyone to express their concerns with your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Congressman about the CDC.

    Tell them you are a member and/or supporter of the National Pain Patients Coalition (NPPC) and will participate in PAIN PATIENT ADVOCACY WEEK, April 23-30, 2017.

    Invite your congressional representative to participate in PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK.

    When you communicate with the CDC, make sure you let them know that know you are a member and/or supporter of the NPPC and will participate in PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK.

    I am planning to organize a Protest Rally at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA during PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK.

    http://www.AmericanPainInstitute.org

  35. Terri Lewis PhD at 1:03 am

    One would think that 4.8 mil could be better spent on data analysis and educating physicians about serving those left behind the door – e.g. the chronic pain patient.

  36. Matt at 12:08 am

    Unbelievable! The streets are flooded with pure Heroin and Fentanyl which is 100 times more powerful than Oxycodone. The pure idiocy of the CDC guidelines have empowered the drug cartels to take advantage of a monopolistic opportunity and putting Americans in harm’s way. Counterfeit prescription pain medication that is extremely difficult to detect. Instead of a 5 mg Oxycodone pill, it could be 5 mgs of Fentanyl. Equal to 100 pills of my pain medication.

    Real pain meds prescribed by responsible doctors (The Vast Majority) which are absolutely necessary for a large population of CP patients could find themselves forced to the streets to survive and subject themselves to possible harm.

    In my humble opinion it’s a win, win for our government. Because of this ridiculous witch hunt, some have resorted to suicide while others in desperation have rolled the dice buying opioids from the street.

    My 60 mg prescription of Oxycodone is a Dixie Cup compared to the raging forest fire of illegal drugs on American streets. In 2015 there were more Heroin overdose deaths than death from firearms.

    The prohibition of alcohol led to a huge crime empire with some dying from consuming wood alcohol. Yes the improvements made to society by people like Al Capone was a feather in the cap of Uncle Sam. Good Going for repeating history so well.

    Now that our good ole Uncle has found a way to tax the daylights out of Marijuana, it’s no longer a gateway drug to Heroin. Personally I believe it was a calculated. For 57 years I’ve watched the war on drugs, listening to government propaganda about the insidious drug “Marijuana”.
    How dangerous it used to be!

    Donald Trump better come through and toss Obamacare out with the smelly CDC bath water.

  37. Sher Gallo at 9:43 pm

    I can not believe this is happening. I feel like I’m in an never ending nightmare. The failed war on illegal drugs has turned into a civil rights violation of epidemic proportions. They are targeting the wrong people! Stop punishing the people who desperately need pain medication & focus on the illegal drugs coming into our country. Leave the patient/doctor relationship to them. Don’t you understand what you are doing? You are going to see so much heroin, overdoses & suicides. You are hurting rhe most vulnerable of our society, the elderly, disabled & people with chronic, intractable pain. I will pray to God to intervene, I have never seen such an injustice & im ashamed to live in the USA. As I am a chronic pain patient and permanently disabled. I’m am scared for my life! God help us!

  38. Dooney at 9:37 pm

    How about a campaign for the unintentional deaths from hospital errors every year. I read there are approximately 400,000 a year. My stay at the hospital almost contributed to that number. Like how to be safer, what to watch for, what family members need to be aware of. Unless you lived under a rock this year most folks are aware of how dangerous and evil opioids are and anyone who takes rhem must be a addict, what needs repeating by the CDC.

  39. Joan Hayes at 9:24 pm

    Your last paragraph says it all:
    ” With access to opioids becoming an increasing problem for pain sufferers who do not abuse their medication, one can expect that the onslaught of ads and promotion of the CDC’s restrictive guidelines will simple amplify the problems many face around the country.”
    Don’t our law-makers ever look at both sides of the coin? What is the matter with these
    people? We live with so much pain, anxiety & despair. The amount of relief we get from using our prescribed opiods is often all that stands between life & death for us – meaning, will we find it within ourselves to go on, or will we simply give it up. If no one cares and no one takes our problems seriously – then where do we find the will to to go on?

  40. Tim Mason at 3:08 pm

    It does not take rocket science to figure out that Youth is the # 1 risk for addiction. Park outside an methadone clinic and observe the age of those going in and leaving with a small lock box. What is the common denominator you see? 18 to 25 years old kids. They arrive at this point by obtaining prescription medication prescribed for parents, friend of parents or by some other means of “diversion”. A properly managed Pain Management Clinic have the tools to catch diversion by patients and are put on an “Exit Strategy”. The system is working.
    Responsibility for keeping your medication out of the reach of children is top priority.
    It will be interesting to see if the chronic pain patient is vilified in these advertisements.
    I would hope that National Pain Report and other groups counter any misinformation, miscommunication and help stop the stigmatization of sick people with validated pathologies that result in chronic pain.
    I seem to be one of the lucky ones. I have followed the contract, passed all tests and I am treated with respect at my clinic. I do not see that changing no matter what the media puts out.
    Figures don’t lie but liars figure.

  41. Layla Rose at 2:47 pm

    They could spend that money on helping chronic pain & illness sufferers get more affordable places to live, that don’t make them feel more victimized & pathologized, as I can’t pay rent & bills at the same time and may be evicted or go without electricity. This kind of stuff just makes me so angry. I’m so sick of this so-called war on drugs.

  42. michael L at 2:44 pm

    The biggest problem in our state is Doctors of Osteopath There is not much place in the medical field for them so they open shop on giving out prescription drugs.
    I know a patient that drives 140 miles round trip to get his filled. He gets 360 30 mg of oxycodone, per month. I have heard of a few people in his area that died from over dosing. Osteopath Dr. which I know him has survived big time from writing prescription drugs. Looking at Dr,s prescribing 15-30 mg Ir,s He prescribes more that the pain Dr;s that approve his doings , it is the money they survive on. I know this patient that gets this amount of drugs each month and I know he cannot TAKE 1- 30 MG little lone take 2- 30 mg tabs of 30mg. would you say the doctors are more to blame than the patients. In nfact the same public notification of prescribers he out prescribes the Doctors that he gets the okay to prescribes the amount he prescribes. The patients pain complaint is a previous cervical fusion and a shoulder operation. that’s it. The CDC and DEA are looking in the wrong places for the damages caused by prescription drugs..

  43. JoDawn at 1:58 pm

    Well, fabulous.
    So, those of us who’ve taken the same or reduced amounts over the past decade or so, who’ve finally convinced their friends and family that they aren’t druggies can start all over.
    I’m just grateful I’ve got the supportive people around me that I have. Going through chronic pain and that kind of stress would be hell on earth. 😢
    Lord only knows what will be next.

  44. Bob Schubring at 11:19 am

    I intend to begin a dialogue with Mr James Daniel, the Vice President and General Counsel of the ICF corporation, who’ve been paid this $4.8 million fee to create an ad campaign for CDC, and ask the ICF corporation to include the most important of the facts that CDC ignored, in creating their anti-opioid campaign. Several prominent members of Congress, who backed Hillary Clinton’s plan to tax our pain medicine, then attempted to sell the idea to President-elect Donald Trump but could not convince him how the tax would save any money. (Many chronic pain patients become disabled from working and are on disability payments from the Government. A pain medicine tax simply taxes Government money and re-routes it back through the Government a second time. Nobody could explain to Mr Trump, why this re-shuffling of the money, would make more money. That’s probably because it actually would not make the Government any money. Much like the 1934 “Marihuana Tax Act” that the US Supreme Court struck down, on grounds that it was a cannabis prohibition law that was unconstitutional, and was misbranded as a tax law to create a false appearance of constitutionality, the Opioid Tax isn’t really about getting revenue for healthcare, but is about harassing pain patients and our doctors, which is why so few of us have anything good to say about it.) After that effort failed, CDC staff appear to have spent some of the discretionary funding left in their budget, to pay for an ad campaign that spins the problem their way. However, we, as taxpayers, have the right to be properly represented in official CDC advertising that talks about us to other taxpayers. The money they spent, is our money, not their own. We have the right to ask that it be spent to convey the correct message. So, my New Years’ resolution is to get in contact with these people about their ad campaign and press them to inform the public about the facts that CDC ignored.

  45. Toni at 10:59 am

    Just think how much that money they are spending could be helping heroine addicts get clean. That is the problem not chronic pain sufferers who are just told to “get used to it”.

  46. MichaelL at 10:53 am

    I remember seeing movies when I was growing up, 60+ years ago about the affects of “drug addiction”. How much more “education” do people need?! Addiction, and its cure, is a different problem than just shutting off pain management! The addiction rate is more closely related to chronic depression and other mental problems. People know about addiction. Yet, they continue to become addicts. The new way is to blame the doctor! When are people going to own up and take personal responsibility for their addictions?! Why would people be s ignorant about things seen on the nightly news?! This campaign appears to be just another redundant program to suck more money out of us tax payers. As so many say, “You can’t fix stupid!” If people choose to abuse opiates, full knowing the risk, it is their judgement that should be questioned! The baseline addiction rate is somewhere around 1.5% and has been for almost a century, according to LEAP law enforcement reports! That is, unless you ask “addictionologists”. They would have us think that 50% of us are addicted to something! But, why wouldn’t they?! Their entire specialty (and income) depends on it!

  47. Janis Gustafson at 10:52 am

    Another misuse of tax payers dollars supporting some established government jobs!so much better awarded to research do we would have fewer patients living with horrific pain which would eliminate the need for pain meds!

  48. Sofia Mastrangelo at 10:43 am

    My pain specialist made me an appointment for post op pain medication five days before my permanent spinal chord stimulator. I went to appointment, she said I can not prescribe you any pain medication, except Ibuprofen because of CDC guidelines and youhave sleep apapnea.

    She said aas a matter of fact I’m not writing you anymore prescriptions, I shouldn’t have written any last month. I was going to give you diladed but with your sleep apnea I can’t take a chance.

    She said there won’t be any pain specialist that will write you prescription with sleep apnea.

    Five days before my surgery, I had asked a friend to drive me and stay with me, I figured if no doctors are going to write me my medicine prescriptions for my pain that I’ve been on for three years…I better go through with the surgery, I’m sure surgeon will make sure I don’t suffer. I got a prescription for doxycycline 100mg and told to follow up with my pain specialist for pain. This was barbaric, I feel I was pushed into having the scs implanted and the new pain I now suffer from where the battery was implanted is horrific and not getting better. I followed everything I was toffollow, urine tests, same pharmacy, no RX from other doctors, never lost medication, used as directed, signed a contract with pain specialist. They knew I had sleep apnea for a year now and have CPAP machine as they referred me to their own in house neurologist to test, diagnose, and treat.

    I will give some more time for this implant and hope it helps my CRPS soon or will have taken out. The stinging where battery implanted is unbearable!

    I sure hope someone can advocate for us pain sufferers that are treated wrong :'(

  49. Carla Cheshire at 10:16 am

    Almost 5M that could be going to help addicts receive treatment. IMO we are inundated with info on opioid pain medication and its addictive properties. Why is it so hard to get funding to help addicts? I believe I read <10% are able to get treatment. Most addicts cannot afford to go to rehab facilities. If our government is truly committed to stopping addiction, logically they would provide resources to help these people. You do not stop addiction by administering noloxone, that is to stop overdosing. Yet much funding is given to supply this drug to as many first responders as possible. Great. What about after that? Put them in jail for illegal drug use? That is what happens in many cases. Then they withdraw in jail. How inhumane and cruel. We treat addicts like criminals when it is a health problem, both mental and physical. All jail does is make life harder when you get out. Try getting a job and housing when you have a record. This method hasn't worked so far so why repeat it? Use some of our bloated, wasteful Defense Budget for funding to help these people. Think about it. Our priorities are producing weapons to kill, but when it comes to helping our own people we don't seem to have the will or way. Sad. Happy New Year! I hope it gets better.

  50. scott michaels at 9:58 am

    they’ll need that money for all of the suicide death lawsuits.
    2017 will be the year hundreds of thousands of people will take their own lives because the cdc took away the only medications that removed chronic pain from people that were prooven to be non abusers and long term opioid users with great results.They are to blame for those that turn to heroin because their doctors are afraid to go to jail if the help their patients.GREAT JOB. I HOPE TRUMP TAKES ALL OF YOUR FUNDING AWAY. BOTH THE CDC AND DEA ARE USELESS. OUR TAX DOLLARS ARE BEING PISSED AWAY.

  51. Paula Beanes at 9:43 am

    I wish they would just leave it up to the Doctors to decide what is best for the patient. People are suffering with chronic pain and NEED something to help allieviate it. Doctors, at this point, are afraid to prescribe much needed opioids for pain because of all this “hoopla”. This is not acceptable. The Government and/or its agencies have no right to decide who can or cannot get medicine that they need.

  52. Dave at 9:42 am

    Certainly the CDC and government have been a detriment to individuals and civil society with their neglect of pain care for generations coupled with market fundamentalism in the war against drugs. They havent gotten pain care or addiction care right and they are not about to. The continuation escalation of failure is a reflection of their careless neglect and greed. The marketplace comes in second for cluelessness and carlessness in pain care and addiction.
    Civil society and individuals need to stop government and the marketplace from wagging them and the need to start wagging government and the marketplace. Until fundamental changes take place you can epect pain care and addiction to get worse- and or well all be spending a great deal more or our ta dllars on both.

  53. Kristin at 9:12 am

    Why not take some of that money to promote the latest statement they put out “Overdose study reduces role of pain meds”? Instead they make it harder for the people in pain who already have enough of a stigma against them.
    Also I have three boys who never had it or will have access to my meds. When they had broken bones or surgery I did not leave the bottle of their pain meds with them. They were in my possession and I wrote down whenever they needed one. Even when my oldest was 18 and still in my house. It’s called parenting.

  54. Chrissie at 9:11 am

    It was my understanding CDC had realized the errors in their stats! Just when it sounded like there might have been some softening, they come back with THIS? Is it so hard for CDC to just say “oops, made a huge mistake, we are working on fixing it”….?

  55. JERRY LA BATHE at 8:01 am

    CDC, owned and operated by the Drug recovery corporations.

  56. Rick Kelly at 6:49 am

    I would venture to bet that $4.8 mil would be better spent studying the origin of RSD.

  57. Maureen at 6:42 am

    Ooooo brother! Here we go again, another waste of $.
    How about educating doctors and the public and Chronic Pain Conditions and the absolute need for these meds to treat us?!
    But, noooo that would make too much sense. The last paragraph says it all!
    Let’s not allow this to make us weary. Keep strong.
    Keep fighting the good fight Pain Warriors! Happy New Year to you all, Maureen

  58. Gotnerve at 6:31 am

    Wouldn’t their $5 million be better spent researching the underlying causes of chronic pain and how to improve suffering?

  59. I.M. Suffran at 6:18 am

    RAISE AWARENESS?????? The CDC is doing FAR more than raising “awareness”. The CDC is MANDATING all physicians to systematically lower all opioid prescriptions to an amount of 50 to 100 milligrams per day for the non cancer chronic pain patient. The state (you live in) has a choice of choosing a number of milligrams of opioid to be prescribed from 50 milligrams to 100 milligrans per day. This milligram number chose by each state is based on an “equivalent of morphine sulfate tablets. The CDC has created a conversion chart issued to each pain specialist. The general MD’s ability to prescibe chronic pain opioids has been all but terminated. An example of the CDC conversion chart; A 10 mg “oxycodone” was equal to one 10 mg of morphine sulfate (tablet) when the conversion chart was introduced. This has been changed recently to a 10mg oxycodone is now 1.5 times that of one 10 mg oxycodone. If you are a methadone opioid user for pain and say take 100 milligrams per day. You will be reduced to 20 milligrams per day as of the new CDC”guidline”. All prescribed opioid medication will be based on 100 milligrams of morphine sulfate “pills” per day REGARDLESS of what you are now being prescribed! Investigate the new software “scrubbers”. Another way to enforce the “guidline”. The physicians no longer have the authority to prescribe what an individual patient needs regardless of the need. However the guidline maintains that it is justa……”guidline”. The “guideline” DOES NOT take into consideration a patients metabolism, weight, number of years using pain medication, or need to make a living” if not on disability.

  60. Leah Salby at 3:13 am

    Why don’t you spend your money on people that don’t have any food stamps to eat with? You cut my food stamps from $36-$33 for no reason! Why don’t you stop the corruption in Dekalb County? If he made life easier for people they would not need to take drugs.

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