60 Minutes, is returning to the topic of drugs and addiction in America on December 13th, this time featuring the Administration’s Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli.
In November, 60 Minutes produced a segment about heroin addiction and laid the blame for addiction mostly on opioid pain medication. The segment did not discuss what many pain advocates are trying to say – addiction and opioid use are not the same thing. This fueled reaction throughout the country, which National Pain Report covered extensively.
According to a preview of tonight’s program, Botticelli, a recovering addict himself, will outline the Administration’s strategy for managing drug policy and addiction in America.
Many in the pain community have argued that the government’s policies and guidelines are headed down a path that will harm people in pain and those that treat them. A major concern is that the CDC’s draft guidelines for prescribing pain medication will limit access to care.
On Friday, the CDC, feeling pressure from pain patients, decided to re-open its draft Guidelines for Prescription Opioids for Chronic Pain for a second period of public comment. This has advocates somewhat hopeful, as they widely criticized the CDC for creating the guidelines with input primarily from special interests, and little from the pain community.
NOTE: The public can comment on the CDC’s Guidelines beginning Monday, December 14, 2015, at http://www.Regulations.gov. Comments will close January 13, 2016.
Will Botticelli continue the stance that equates prescription opioid medication to heroin addiction? Will he address the needs of those who rely on opioids for managing chronic pain?