Richard “Red” Lawhern, Ph.D. has published a major White Paper on prescription opioids and chronic pain, from the Alliance for the Treatment of Intractable Pain. The paper is just under 5,000 words with 46 references from medical literature and online media. It has been reviewed by multiple medical professionals, healthcare writers, knowledgeable patients and caregivers. It debunks much of the prevailing narrative on addiction which falsely attributes the causes of our public health problem to medically managed prescription opioids and proposes to “fix” the epidemic by restricting availability of pain relievers and persecuting doctors who prescribe them.
Read the full White Paper here:
Our central messages are these:
The March 2016 “CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain” for adult, non-cancer chronic pain must be withdrawn and rewritten to correct multiple biases, errors and omissions that are driving doctors out of pain management practice and needlessly destroying the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in pain.
CDC and all government agencies must recognize both the indispensable role that opioids play in pain management, and the central role of physicians in assessing and prescribing medications that patients need.
Legislation must direct the CDC to accomplish a vital reconsideration and revision of a document that has already disabled thousands and killed hundreds of people by denying them effective treatment for pain. Likewise needed is direction to the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to stand down from their draconian efforts to remove opioid analgesics from pain management practice. US State legislators and regulators must halt efforts to restrict medically managed opioid analgesics, pending republication of patient-centered CDC guidelines.
The Alliance for Treatment of Intractable Pain
ATIP includes professionals who have written widely for publication concerning America’s so-called opioid crisis. We hope to participate in legislative hearings or to submit point papers to your Senators or Representatives. The present war on drugs has turned into a war against pain patients. It is time to reverse the tide of misinformation and seek balance in public policy between concerns for addiction and concerns for pain treatment.