By Ed Coghlan.
We wanted to catch you up on a couple of items we’ve been covering at the National Pain Report.
As you know, the Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Health Evidence Review Committee (HERC), are currently considering a proposal to severely limit access to opioid pain medications for Medicaid patients.
This week B.J. Cavnor, who manages the One in Four Chronic Health Collaborative, wrote an op-ed arguing that the state should listen to its patients.
His group is also running a petition – which you can view and decide whether you want to sign here.
Don’t Punish Pain Rally Defended
Our friend Arianne Grand-Gassaway sent a note on social media that we thought was interesting and worth publishing here.
“Saw a comment the other day that the Don’t Punish Pain rally turnout was ‘disappointing’. Well, this is my response to that assertion.
I organized a rally in my town at the last minute because I couldn’t make it to Sacramento. I also flooded my FB feed with news coverage of other rallies. I have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and a C-spine injury, I have also been without pain control for almost5 years now and it wasn’t easy for me to show up.
Perhaps it’s important to put this whole thing in context; most pain patients are sick and in pain, many no longer have the medicines that allowed them to get through their day. To expect tens of thousands to take to the streets is an exercise in futility.
That being said, if even one person can start a conversation, if a handful of people can show up for the thousands that can’t, that is not disappointing that is courageous and commendable.
Rosa Parks was one woman who refused to move, not because she was too tired to move but because she had made the decision that was happening to so many was WRONG.
Anyone able should be standing up for what’s right, even if that means standing alone. And for those who aren’t pain patients, those who realize the inhumanity of what’s happening to the most vulnerable among us, SPEAK OUT and ADVOCATE.”