Mainstream media in the United States has been gripped by the opioid crisis over the last few years; however, the narrative of the opioid crisis has all but ignored the unintended victims of this campaign - those who suffer from chronic pain.
Is the tide beginning to change? Maybe.
Recently, 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.
On the same day, Fox News ran “the first of a three-part series on the nation’s struggle to address a crippling opioid crisis, and the unintended victims left in its wake.” You can click here for the full story.
This first installment focuses on the CDC’s guidelines for prescribing opioids, and the related increase in suicides among chronic pain patients.
This a problem that big media has not been talking about. This the other side of the story that has had no voice. This is the story of the significant lack of representation and consideration of a large population of people who have been appropriately treated with opioid medication as a part of their prescribed medical regimen - who are now finding themselves losing their ability treat their chronic pain - mixed up in a “crisis” that doesn’t take the time to try to differentiate between targets and collateral damage.
So, is this a turning point for awareness around the current state of the narrative of the “the opioid crisis” and chronic pain?
We would love to think so; however, it is much too soon to tell.
We’ll be waiting to see what stories follow.
We’ll be waiting to see who digs a little deeper into the research and realities of the opioid crisis - and then report it.
We’ll be waiting to see the balance that should be represented in this discussion.
Until then, we will NOT wait to help circulate this information, nor any story in which the interest of chronic pain patients are represented.
We hope to see more stories like this, and we hope that readers leverage such opportunities to share these stories.