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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Tim Mason

Those with the most dollars to wage a propaganda.war usually win. Yahoo publically admitted that “fake news” was allowed to flourish on its browser that was written by advertisers on Yahoo. Much of this “fake news” spilled over into Face Book and other forms of media.
Many well known “talk show” hosts paid people to tell their stories of addiction by going to the dentist and getting a tooth pulled and were “sucked under” by the ravages of addiction on a three day supply of hydrocodone.
These shows are “tabloid-ish” in nature and do a great injustice to those of us that truly suffer.
The damage these stories, fake news articles, malstatistics, and non peer reviewed articles do is equal in damage as starving people to death.
There is NO accuracy in media. Even some of the .orgs are failing in creditability do to opioid phobia.
All this misinformation makes some people money.
This is nothing short of criminal activity.

R John Donahue

It’s called propaganda.

I wonder if the DEA will get tired of the CDC stamping all over DEA jurisdictional turf with CDC “recommendations” and counter-“guidelines” to the DEA’s own Guidelines, which (unlike CDC “recommendations”) have legions of agency-employed, armed men in black to enforce them.

Bob Schubring

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.

Tim Mason

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

Tim Mason

Here is a 9.7 million dollar study from 2011. It is for behavior study. Now, it would be interesting to go back and see what the outcome of THIS study was and predict what this new study my look like in the end.
Being analytically minded I like to look at the historical aspect of studies and the people involved. You can learn a lot.
http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/cdc-awards-97m-contract-icf-international-behavioral-surveillance

scott michaels

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

Thisis Ceerious

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… Read more »

Maureen

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.

Kristine (Krissy) Anderson

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?

Bob Schubring

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… Read more »

Kristine Anderson (Krissy)

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!

Tim Mason

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.

Tim Mason

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

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!!!

scott michaels

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.

scott michaels

are these senators democrate or repulican.

Carla Cheshire

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!

MW

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

MW

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.)

Krissy

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

Tim Mason

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,

Krissy

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

Tim Mason

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.

Kristine Anderson

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.

Doug M

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?

Bob Schubring

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.

Carla Cheshire

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.

Tim Mason

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.

Tim Mason

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.

Teresa

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.

Jean Price

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!

Tim Mason

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,

connie

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!

connie

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

connie

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!

debbie

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.

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

Terri Lewis PhD

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.

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.

Sher Gallo

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!

Dooney

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.

Joan Hayes

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?

Tim Mason

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.

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.

michael L

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..

JoDawn

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.

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.

Toni

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”.

MichaelL

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!

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!