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Oregon Opioid Policy Drawing Fire From Pain Leaders And Physicians

Tuesday 31 July 2018


From the National Pain Report:



Oregon Opioid Policy Drawing Fire From Pain Leaders and Physicians

By Ed Coghlan
July 28, 2018
Copyright 2018 National Pain Report.

Chronic Pain Leaders and pain physicians are ripping the Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission forced taper opioid guidelines it may approve on August 9th. The new policy would impact Oregon Medicaid recipients. The changes include a forced taper for all chronic pain patients on opioids (within a year), no exceptions. Opioids will be replaced with alternative treatments (cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), acupuncture, mindfulness, pain acceptance, aqua therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and treatment with non-opioid medications, such as NSAIDS, Acetaminophen).

“Persecution of patients with pain is an abomination. Persecution of financially-disadvantaged patients with pain is an abomination and an atrocity. What can these ignorant policy-makers be thinking?!” said Michael E. Schataman, Ph.D. who is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain Research and the Director of Research and Network Development at Boston Pain Care.

One of the nation’s top fibromyalgia physicians lives in Oregon. Dr. Ginevra Liptan founded the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia in Portland, Oregon. On Twitter, she was unsparing in her criticism of the idea.

“This is NOT the right approach-fibromyalgia patients need more pain management tools NOT less” she tweeted. “As a fibromyalgia specialist in Oregon, this change would be devastating to my patients. I strongly urge any and all of you to comment on this policy. You don’t have to live in Oregon to do so, and it would be catastrophic for this to pass and set a precedent for future legislation.”


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