By Ed Coghlan.
A Missouri legislator is urging chronic pain patients to contact new Missouri Governor Mike Parson to repeal an executive order issued by his predecessor that may be worsening the treatment for chronic pain patients in the state.
State Representative Mike Moon thinks the action by former Governor Eric Greitens is not addressing the opioid problem in Missouri because prescription drugs are not the problem.
Greitens was forced to resign earlier this year after allegations surfaced of sexual coercion, blackmail, invasion of privacy, and misuse of charity resources to fund his campaign.
Moon thinks the executive order has done “plenty” of harm to chronic pain patients in Missouri. He writes:
Over 8,000 letters were mailed to Missouri physicians and pharmacists demanding them to curtail the prescription of, and dispensing of, opioids. (Remember, according to the CDC, the rise in deaths due to opioids is not/was not due to the over prescribed drugs!) The result of these letters (this attempt to take away the physician’s ability to treat their patient(s) in a manner deemed best by the doctor) has all but emasculated the physicians receiving the letters. Doctors are afraid of potential discipline meted out, by the state, against them.
Mary Cremer of Jefferson City, Missouri has been meeting with Representative Moon and others in the Missouri Legislature to educate them about the harm the emphasis on opioids is doing to patients like herself.
“We are hopeful that Governor Parson is hearing the message of thousands of Missourians who take their prescription medicine responsibly in order to fight their chronic pain,” she said. “We hope that people from Missouri and from around the country will contact the Governor and urge him to rescind this wrong-headed executive order.”
To contact Governor Parson:
Snail mail: Room 216
201 West Capitol Avenue
Jefferson City, 65101
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