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August 2020

Pennington Institute Australia

Opioids are always portrayed in the media as the scourge of humanity and addicts and chronic pain patients are treated as one patient group

The Pennington Institute’s Australia’s Annual Overdose report was released today, and along with it a flurry of media stories on opioids, and how many Australian’s are dying every year due to overdoses. In every article, chronic pain patients are included in the same patient group as those with substance abuse disorders, and never is there any mention of the therapeutic value of opioids, or that thousands of chronic non-cancer pain patients take opioid pain medications safely long term to effectively manage their severe pain conditions.

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Recent Restrictions to Legally Prescribed Opioid Medications in Australia

By Kev James – Volunteer Community Worker – Chronic Pain Patient & Medical Cannabis Advocate. Reproduced with permission. Original article published here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/recent-restrictions-legally-prescribed-opioid-australia-kevin-james/?trackingId=4zRMC9ktT9WsKQQQcyqZTA%3D%3D ”Australians dealing with chronic pain – including a 15 year old – have taken their own lives rather than live in pain… Read More »Recent Restrictions to Legally Prescribed Opioid Medications in Australia