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MORE MYTHS ABOUT HIGH-DOSE OPIOIDS & DEATH

Past studies and commentary have claimed that higher opioid analgesic doses increase mortality rates; yet the research methods used to establish this should be challenged by critical readers. A data-mining investigation by Canadian investigators is a good example of how evidence can be statistically manipulated to arrive at outcomes with questionable validity, perpetuating myths of opioid harms that may not truly exist. According to Tara Gomes, MHSc, and colleagues, writing in the Archives of Internal…
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WAR ON PAIN PATIENTS

Over the past several years there has been an ongoing methodical attack on people in pain. Although the rhetoric has been leveled at opioids it has had a direct and deleterious effect on people suffering with pain. What is even more concerning is, those feeding this rhetoric against the use of opioids in this area of medicine, are pushing their agenda by using the tragic consequences happening to people who use ILLICT substances. The climate out there is hostile, ignorant, and misinformed, illegal…
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Do You Suffer from Chronic Non-Cancer Pain?

Written self-disclosure has demonstrated positive effects on health and may be an effective addition to routine clinical practice in the chronic pain population. Written self-disclosure consists of writing in a journal and for thinking and writing privately about stressful events in your life. Can a written self-disclosure help increase your quality of life?   We invite you to participate in a RESEARCH STUDY.   This study may involve your participation in journal writing for 20 minutes…
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HOW THE WAR ON DRUGS IS HURTING PAIN PATIENTS

When 58-year-old ZyP Cyk has a serious mountain biking accident she refused to go to the emergency ward evrn though her injuries knocked her out cold and her husband pleaded her to seek help. Instead, Cyk slept for two days--contrary to the conventional wisdom of what you're supposed to d after sustaining a head injury and being unconscious. Only the did she finally agree to go to an urgent care center, where she discovered she had broken her collarbone and some ribs and needed surgery. Cyk wasn't…
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CANADIAN STUDY DISTORTS Rx-OPIOID-RELATED DEATHS

Repeated reports of increasing deaths associated with prescribed opioid analgesic should concern us all, but they may also portray a distorted picture of the scope and urgency of the problem. This is evident in a report on mortality trends in Canada, which serves as a lesson in why readers must be wary of how such data are presented in the literature and the press. Canadian investigators supported by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long…
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