Money behing healthcare by truthout.org
A few stories on opioids caught my eye.
First, one about methadone, pain and class :
And two articles investigating ties between pain advocates and drug companies.
The other focuses on the foundation:
It also offers some details of their advocacy efforts:
The article also discusses divisions among pain docs:
Their patient education efforts:
And their legal and legislative advocacy:
It’s so bad that it stirs echos of tobacco companies. Appalling.
Just to be clear. I want patients in pain to have access to whatever meds they need to ease their suffering. I oppose any attempt to interfere in their care. At the same time, their can be no doubt that there are serious problems with people seeking and receiving prescriptions for the purpose of getting high or selling the pills. In addition, some patients are clearly getting more meds than they can keep track of or use, resulting in them being diverted by family, friends and others. You’d think that finding solutions that balance these needs would be something that no one would oppose.