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Opioids

How did it come to be that chronic pain patients in America have become so marginalised? A short history is referenced below. At the end of the day, punishing responsible pain patients in Australia, or restricting access to our legally prescribed opioids, used as directed, is not the answer! "We know now that the vast majority...

A new study from UNSW Sydney has analysed findings from a five-year cohort of 1514 people who have been prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain, finding that risk for problematic opioid outcomes is related to a combination of patient characteristics and pre-existing factors, rather than opioid dose alone. Well, duh. From the report : "“Long-term opioid use for...

An open letter to the RACGP and Dr Simon Holliday, Re:  Article and interview with Dr Simon Holliday:  Can pain self-management avoid the need for opioids? In short, for a few maybe. For most? No. Absolutely not. There are a number of egregious errors in the article by Dr Simon Holliday that contribute to the misinformation and...

By Kev James - Volunteer Community Worker - Chronic Pain Patient & Medical Cannabis Advocate. Reproduced with permission. Original article published here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/prescription-opioid-overdoses-truth-kevin-james/?fbclid=IwAR3usKVLtvqW07O830DSjE-0DagZKTv8gV1LJEWOaJ5CanRbs9YCkcy0HlE The prescription "opioid crisis" response in America, triggered by their Centre for Disease Control, has clearly harmed the chronic pain patient population (forced tapers, suicides etc), and we certainly don't want this flawed approach coming...

Reading through the multitude of articles based on the Pennington Institute's Annual Overdose report, one ONE is reporting the very important fact that HEROIN is now the cause of most opioid deaths. The media has been having a field day for the last few years with the dramatic headline that "pharmaceutical opioids cause more deaths than...

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...