Last week, Fox News (yes, mainstream media…) published a 3 part series on “the nation’s struggle to address its crippling opioid crisis, and the unintended victims left in its wake.” If you missed any of them, you can find part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here.
We at National Pain Report think it’s important to inform you of these stories and support such authors/reporters, as the wait for mainstream media to tell “the other side” of the opioid crisis, has been long in coming.
As one National Pain Report reader, identified as “Steven” commented, “ANY national exposure we get is better than all of the negative lies that have been put out since we all started to suffer IMHO. Healthy people are the new and waiting CPPs [chronic pain patients] and as bad as that sounds those of us that have suffered since the beginning are no different than those who have recently joined us. [Chronic pain] has started to bypass the government and [mainstream media] to get the truth out to those who usually only hear one side of this story and as far as truth be told it’s never too late for an education.” He continues, “There’s still plenty to do, but who would have thought several years ago that an article like this would appear? The struggle to gain sanity in healthcare is not over by any means, but holes are beginning to show. Now is no time for pessimism.”
You can find a fourth story by the same author, Elizabeth Llorente, that was also published last week – Tough new opioid policies leave some cancer and post-surgery patients without painkillers , that is worth reading and sharing.
And finally, for those of you who missed it – National Pain Report ran a story about a group of healthcare professionals who have taken up the fight, on behalf of chronic pain patients, to help protect them against proposals which would restrict opioid therapy to Oregon Medicaid patients, you can read that story here.
Please continue to spread the word – it is finally starting to find it’s way to the larger masses.