Media is participating in this! Have you noticed the clear theme spreading misinformation pertaining to this so-called “Opioid Crisis”, is the MEDIA!!!
Media bias dates back to the early days of the newspaper and continues to this present day. Media affects our daily lives in numerous ways – from television, radio to print. Sometimes these media avenues persuade our opinions on certain issues – such as same-sex marriages, abortion, homosexuality, politics and our views on opioids!
Many people in America today are not even aware the media is manipulating their way of thinking, while some media bias may be a simple matter of attracting readership by sensational headlines,
funding sources are likely a contributing factor.
Today I read a story, “Stop the anti-doctor media bias, by
Rebekah Bernard, MD Physician May 2, 2019, published by Kevinmd.com.
Rebekah Bernard, MD wrote, “Doctors feel like they just can’t win. But worse, when physicians face excessive media criticism, patients also lose.
The media bias against physicians has inspired a public distrust of doctors. Most physicians are dedicated individuals who hold patient care as sacrosanct. But patients rarely hear stories of these doctors in the media. Instead, they are barraged by terrifying stories of the occasional bad actor.
This may cause patients to become fearful of all doctors and lead to a delay in seeking necessary medical care.”
The media has a responsibility to present fair and unbiased information to the public, and that includes accurate reporting about physicians and intractable pain patients. Patients and physicians must hold media organizations accountable by speaking out against this ongoing assault and misinformation being forced on to the public by these inaccurate biased news reports!
Mainstream media inundate the general public, our legislators 24/7 with headlines of, “Prescription opioids are killing thousands, millions expected to die”, Take one opioid pill and you will become an addict… what??? Okay, I am exaggerating a tad bit. But, it is crazy how the media has contributed too, fueled and the more sensationalized the story the more attention said publication gets!
No one knows how media can spin this, “Fake, false propaganda, the false narrative machine of judgment, misunderstanding, bias better than “We the intractable pain patient/community”! And usually, in editorial, there is a picture with prescription opioids and syringes? Go figure, I have never shot up my medication would not even know how to?
Media has been plagued with all sorts of problems scandals about manipulation including, sliding profits, plagiarism, propaganda just to name a few! They are trying to sell this false narrative, “Fake Opioid Crisis/Epidemic”, but why?
More on that later.
News is often written and used to manipulate, advertise, create fear among the populations or to follow a certain media ideology or agenda.
A functioning democracy needs to know and be able to count on media giving factual information out vs. lies, manipulation, and biased information!
We must stand up and make these agencies, journalists, and reporters do their due diligence in making sure they research and exhaust all avenues making sure of its authenticity!
Those with power and influence know that media control and influence is crucial for their agenda to be recognized and supported!
Did you know that today’s mass marketing is owned by only five major corporations giants which control 90% of media?
As of 2018, the largest media conglomerates in terms of revenue rank Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, AT&T
CBS Corporation and Viacom per Forbes.
Additionally, they are not defined as, “news organizations” where there would be certain laws they had to abide by for the public’s best interest.
The purpose of these corporations is to maximize profits, which often includes exploiting negative externalities so they can pass costs off to society!
These clever profit-maximizing corporations use the terminology of the 1970s,
“free press”/“journalists”, to give them the air of credibility to their operations. These corporations monopolizing the market, it reduces the diversity of media voices and puts tremendous power in the hands of just a few companies. These news outlets have holdings in many industries, conflicts of interest inevitably interfere with newsgathering.
Outside Nations described as authoritarian, whose media ownership is very close to this model completely control all information put out to their citizens directly or indirectly.
This amount of control can be problematic for a variety of reasons…
The democratic role of the media in news is further getting clouded with these gigantic mergers mainstream media is increasingly blurring the lines with the economic and political power further limits the spectrum of viewpoints that have access to mass media.
Independent, aggressive and critical media is essential to an informed democracy. But mainstream media who increasingly partner with the economic and political powers they should be reporting on.
Because of mergers in these new industries this further limits the spectrum of viewpoints that have access to mass media. With U.S. media outlets overwhelmingly owned by for-profit conglomerates and supported by corporate advertisers, independent journalism is in trouble of extinction.
These Corporate elites determine what ordinary people do not see or hear in-depth let alone problems real people face every day. Sponsors have a disproportionate amount of influence over what people get to see or read too.
These corporate executives main goal is increasing profit and raising their share price.
Could this have anything his could what is contributing to lack and/or misinformation being regurgitated pertaining to this false narrative, propaganda Fake prescription opioid epidemic/crisis???
Its painfully clear that Congress- and each of its members is not fit to serve the people in pain. Congress lacks the heart that cares and it is clear they have been brainwashed in their beliefs about the pain that have done great damage to the lives of people in pain. Congress is simply morally, ethically, intellectually, and politically unfit to serve people in pain.
The clear evidence of the government’s long-standing prejudice and neglect of its people in pain as well as they’re against people in pain-
has to lead many individuals including myself to think how remarkably similar this seems to Hitler’s 4 step Process for dehumanizing the Jews…
We are/were living longer, drawing on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid Benefits, Disability, etc…
We are looked at as a liability.
Our Government looks at Pain Patients as being a huge cost factor… What if the #CPPS were gone, eliminated or thinned out…
It is being done by the United States government and outside agencies to completely eradicate the Intractable pain community or make it impossible for them to get the medications (opioids) that they have used in the successful management of their pain for decades!
What a genius idea Straight From The Archives of Hitler.
As reflected in an article by Jaine Toth, Hitler’s 4-Step Process for Dehumanizing the Jews https://bahaiteachings.org/hitlers-step-process-dehumanizing-jews
“The Holocaust didn’t occur suddenly or spontaneously—it required a conscious process. If we study the process, we might prevent future genocides.
Toth says, even before they took power in 1933, Hitler and the Nazi government set about implementing a series of four specific steps designed to result in the complete and total dehumanization of Europe’s Jewish population”,
1. Prejudice- The Nazi government actually fostered and promoted prejudice. According to the dictionary definition, prejudice is comprised of “unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social or religious group.”
The Nazis scapegoated the Jews, blaming them for every societal problem in German society. They published an enormous quantity of propaganda that blamed the Jews for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults that plagued “civilization;” and declared Jews and others Untermenschen, or sub-human.
These Nazi scapegoating tactics carried prejudice to the next step—from bigotry and bias to blaming.
In the case of the Jews, the Nazi’s prejudice against them made them easy to scapegoat. This naturally led to discriminatory laws by the government and caused violent acts against them that individuals could perpetrate with impunity.
Persecution of minorities isn’t new. The persecution of the Christians by the Romans is one Jews were forced from their homes, their valuables confiscated, crowded into ghettos, homes, businesses.
How this is playing out in intractable/chronic pain patient community!
According to the dictionary definition, prejudice is comprised of “unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature, regarding an ethnic, racial, social or religious group.”
Intractable pain patient- The United States government has actually fostered and promoted prejudice.
Is an effective feeling towards a person or group member based often on that person’s group membership (tribal behavior). The word is often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, feelings towards people or a person because of their political affiliation, sex, gender, beliefs, values, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality, beauty, occupation, education, criminality, sport team affiliation or other personal characteristics. In this case, it refers to a positive or negative evaluation of another person based on that person’s perceived group membership. Wikipedia
Equating intractable/chronic pain patients to drug addicts, drug seekers, lazy, etc…
2. Scapegoating-Intractable pain patient– The United States government and other governmental agencies scapegoat the Intractable pain/chronic pain patient, blaming them for all societal problems with overdoses in American society. Much has been published an enormous quantity of propaganda that blamed the intractable/chronic pain patient and doctors for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults that plagued “civilization;” and declared Intractable/chronic pain patients and others Untermenschen, or sub-human.
Scapegoating is the practice of singling out a person or group for unmerited blame and consequent negative treatment. Scapegoating may be conducted by individuals against individuals, individuals against groups), groups against individuals., and groups against groups. Wikipedia
3. Discrimination –
In human social behavior, discrimination is treatment or consideration of or making a distinction towards, a person based on the group, class, or category to which the person is perceived to belong. These include age, color, criminal record, height, disability, ethnicity, family status, gender identity, generation, genetic characteristics, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. Discrimination consists of treatment of an individual or group, based on their actual or perceived membership in a certain group or social category, “in a way that is worse than the way people are usually treated” Wikipedia
the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
Intractable pain patient– In the case of the Intractable/chronic pain patient, the prejudice against them made them easy to scapegoat. This naturally led to discriminatory laws by governmental agencies and states pertaining to tapering, mme dosage, prescription refills so on and so forth.!
4. Persecution – is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group by another individual or group. The most common forms are religious persecution, racism and political persecution, though there is naturally some overlap between these terms. The inflicting of suffering, harassment, imprisonment, internment, fear, or pain are all factors that may establish persecution, but not all suffering will necessarily establish persecution. The suffering experienced by the victim must be sufficiently severe. The threshold level of severity has been a source of much debate.
The persecution of the Intractable pain patient has led to doctors abandoning their practices, being falsely accused and prosecuted! Patients losing access to their doctors and essential medications and medical treatment for sustaining health and livelihood. The patients able to keep their doctors have been severely tapered off their medications resulting in a community who are suffering and held hostage by the very government sworn to protect and serve our best interests!
Many have committed suicide not able to live with the torturous, caustic, disabling, never-ending, 24/7 incessant, insidious, unbearable, relentless intractable pain!
Other intractable pain patients have succumbed to the complications of untreated or undertreated pain.
Intractable/Chronic pain patients are often treated as a special class of patient/citizens, often with severely restricted liberties – prevented from consulting multiple physicians and using multiple pharmacies. In many cases have little say in what treatment modalities or which medications will be used. These are basic liberties unquestioned in a free society for every other class of sufferer. These attitudes and judgments cause the intractable pain patient much distress, sadness, anger, and depression. When confronted with severe life-threatening events many will not go to the emergency room were more likely than not treated as if they are a “drug seeker”,
In the past few years, chronic pain patients are often seen by medical professionals primarily as a prescription or medication problem, rather than as whole individuals who very often present an array of complex comorbid medical, psychological, and social problems.
Intractable/chronic pain patients are often seen by medical professionals/community primarily as prescription/medication problems, rather than individuals who very often present an array of complex comorbid medical, psychological, and social problems.Ui
According to Alexander DeLuca, Senior Consultant, of Pain Relief Network in an article titled, Why Untreated Chronic Pain is a Medical Emergency, 2008-02-28… These complex general medical patients are ‘cared for’ as if their primary and only medical problem was taking prescribed analgesic medication many are treated as if they were a drug seeker, addict!
Chronic pain is probably the most disabling, and most preventable, left untreated, and inadequately treated severe pain can cause long-term damage to their system, painful trauma or disease, chronicity of pain may develop in the absence of effective relief. A continuous flow of pain signals into the pain-mediating pathways of the dorsal horn of the spinal cord alters those pathways through physiological processes known as central sensitization, and neuroplasticity. The end result is the disease of chronic pain in which a damaged nervous system becomes the pain source generator separated from whatever the initial pain source was.
Aggressive treatment of severe pain, capable of protecting these critical spinal pain tracts, is the standard care recommended in order to achieve satisfactory relief and prevention of intractable chronic pain.
Medications represent the mainstay therapeutic approach to patients with chronic pain syndromes… aimed at controlling the mechanisms of nociception, the complex biochemical activity along and within the pain pathways of the peripheral and central nervous system (CNS)… Aggressive treatment of severe pain is recommended in order to achieve satisfactory relief and prevention of intractable chronic pain.
In modern imaging studies of a maladaptive and abnormal persistence of brain, researchers are seeing activity associated with loss of brain mass in the chronic pain population. Atrophy is most advanced in the areas of the brain that process pain and emotions. In a 2006 news article, a researcher into the pathophysiological effects of chronic pain on brain anatomy and cognitive/emotional functioning, explained:
“Because of this constant firing of neurons in these regions of the brain it could cause permanent damage, Chialvo said. “When neurons fire too much they may change their connections with other neurons or even die because they can’t sustain high activity for so long,” he explained.
Intractable pain patients have to jump through a variety of hoops in order to receive the small amount which is barely able to manage their pain medications. They must sign a patient contract with Pain Management Clinic and agree to submit to drug tests, see only one doctor, only fill prescriptions at one pharmacy, many have had their contracts amended that they will not drive any longer additionally. Intractable pain patients have lost their 1st Amendment right in the doctor’s office and medical community. Afraid to speak up and lose access to their medications has silenced them which can lead to horribly, horrific consequences. When they start experiencing systems that are of concern many do not feel like they can freely bring them up. Which can have disastrous results!
Allison Kimberly was a friend of mine she was a beautiful, supportive soul. I knew her from Instagram she was part of the #CPP Chronic Pain Community.
ALLISON KIMBERLY JACOBS
A post from Facebook:
Allison Kimberly, age 30, of Colorado was denied treatment for her intractable pain from interstitial cystitis, and several other painful conditions. Interstitial cystitis can end in suicide from the failure to treat it properly as it is an extreme form of agonizing discomfort. It is said the University of Colorado emergency room in Aurora refused her treatment for her pain. Allison posted on Instagram describing how she was treated like an addict and sent away without pain medicine.
“I was rushed to the ER because my pain was so out of control I couldn’t take it anymore, I got ZERO help. After 7 hours I was discharged. The nurse has the nerve to say that my kind of pain shouldn’t be that bad and basically, I was faking for medication. I am so beside myself I am shaking as I type this. Screaming and begging in pain, needing any kind of help they’d give me and I was just sent home. As soon as I am able I’m reporting my whole experience”
Allison did not have time to file a complaint against the hospital as she violently ended her life while her mother walked her dog, the animal companion that had made her anguish less lonely. No doctors appear to have been charged. The Colorado Hospital Association was in the process of piloting a no-opioid policy for the state. She died in June 2017
Link to obituary:
More and more patients will die if our government continues its brutal War Against Chronic Pain Patients. We take daily opiates not because we want to, but because we have no other choice. Without proper pain management, our lives are over. More and more of our brothers and sisters will continue to commit suicide if our pain is ignored and untreated. We deserve better than this.
Don’t let the death of our sister go unanswered!!
Tell the government we are #PatientsNotAddicts and we have rights too!!
#CNN #CNNHealth #SuicideDue2Pain #POTUS #OpiateEpidemic#ChronicPain #WarOnDrugs #FLOTUS
From post found on Facebook:
To whom it may concern,
I have CRPS/RSD and am currently seeing a doctor that monitors my progress and medications. I was diagnosed in June of 2010. After trying every treatment modality including physical therapy, anti-seizure medications, biofeedback, etc. I was put on OxyContin. After having 8 brachial plexus nerve blocks and 5 lumbar nerve blocks, my neurologist/ pain management doctor kept upping the dosage of it because I was getting no relief and we could not figure out why. He ended up upping the dosage so much I was only experiencing side effects, no pain relief. I decided to leave my pain management doctor at UCLA and seek out another doctor that could find out why I wasn’t getting any pain relief. I finally found a doctor that did many tests on me including Neuroinflammation blood tests, Genetic malabsorption blood work-up. My doctor was able to figure out that I cannot absorb oral opioids due to a genetic malabsorption defect. He put me on a trial of subcutaneous dilaudid. I had experienced instant pain relief and received my quality of life back. I have been on this medication for two years with no side effects. This medication has to be compounded, which my new insurance will not pay for. Dr. Tennant has saved my life and given me my life back. You must understand that we chronic pain patients cannot be punished for the people that use opioids illegally. None of us “want” to be on these medications, but have no choice. After trying everything, we just want quality of life. The restrictions that are already put in place are making it harder and harder for the legitimate chronic pain patients to get the medications that give them the quality of life. Please consider that we are carefully monitored by our doctors and take our medications as prescribed only.
We should not be punished for the street abusers that only want a “high”. I have never experienced a “high” from my pain medicine. There are studies in the process that have to do with different medications to help us, but it takes an extremely long time to get the FDA approved. In closing, I hope you will kindly consider our circumstances, that we have families, and only want to be able to participate in daily activities without suffering inhumanly.
Michelle died directly because of the policies and practices of people like @AndrewKolodny, The CDC, Organizations like #PROP, and the policies of people like Chris Christie and the #POTUS@realDonaldTrump. Chronic pain patients are dying because of the policies our government imposes to curb the illegal use of opiates. Just because we suffer from chronic, debilitating pain does not make us criminals. We take medications, under the supervision of multiple doctors, to improve our quality of life. Chronic pain patients are being forced to take their lives as their only means of pain management. Please stop the genocide of chronic pain patients!!
#SuicideDue2Pain #PatientsNotAddicts#DisabledAmericans4Change #CNNHealth#OpiateEpidemic #GivePainAVoice #ChronicPain#POTUS #FLOTUS
Many are committing suicide due to their pain…
Pain is relentless
Pain is cruel
It doesn’t discriminate it could happen to you.
Everyone is just one car accident, surgery, illness away from living the rest of their lives in torturous, stabbing, aching, insidious, disabling intractable pain! Believe me, this is a Journey you do not want it is literally hell on earth!
Suicide due to pain videos I have 7 more plus I have to make so many more… #suicidedue2pain
Due to this to memorize our brothers and sisters in #CPP Community
We have tried numerous times to set the record straight explaining that addiction and dependence or completely different concepts as Dr. Thomas Kline explains in this screenshot below.
Many physicians are telling their patients they need to switch to suboxone is there an alternative motive for this? That will be discussed in my next piece!
(Buprenorphine/naloxone), From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
is a combination of medication that includes buprenorphine and naloxone. Which is a medication used to treat opioid use disorder? Buprenorphine/naloxone is available for use in two different forms, under the tongue or in the cheek. Buprenorphine binds strongly to opioid receptors and acts as a pain reducing medication in the central nervous system (CNS). It binds to the μ-opioid receptor with high affinity which produces the analgesic effects in the CNS. It is a partial μ agonist and it is a weak κ-opioid receptor antagonist. As the dose of buprenorphine increases, it’s analgesic effects reach a plateau, and then it starts to act like an antagonist. As a partial agonist, buprenorphine binds and activates the opioid receptors, but has only partial efficacy at the receptor relative to a full agonist, even at maximal receptor occupancy. It is thus well-suited to treat opioid dependence, as it produces milder effects on the opioid receptor with lower dependence and abuse potential.
In an article Sept. 26, 2017 PRNewswire — The mental health watchdog group Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) International warned that a drug being used to treat the opioid crisis in the United States could be like “switching seats on the Titanic.” A prescription drug, buprenorphine-naloxone, described as the gold standard treatment for opioid addiction, carries a warning in its Medication Guide that it contains “an opioid that can cause physical dependence.”
A Florida psychiatrist warns using this drug could be trading one addiction for another and that it is estimated to be 25 to 40 times more potent than morphine.
Watchdog Warns About Replacing Opioid Epidemic With a Psychotropic One?”Like Switching Seats on the Titanic,” CCHR says
in 2016, an article warned that buprenorphine-naloxone abuse is now an epidemic, based on 2013 statistics reported in The New York Times. Between 2009 and March 2013, an estimated three million Americans were treated with the drug. A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)found a ten-fold increase in the number of emergency room visits involving buprenorphine. Over half of the 30,000 hospitalizations in one year were for non-medical use of the drug. Approved to treat opioid addiction in 2002, it now sells illicitly on the streets for anywhere from $5 to $35 a pill. Long-term users of buprenorphine-naloxone say it is more difficult to get off than painkillers or heroin because, unlike an intensely painful five to seven or even fourteen-day detox from opiates, a buprenorphine-naloxone detox can last weeks or even months.
Dr. Steven R. Scanlan, board certified in general psychiatry and addiction medicine, says psychiatrists and doctors that prescribe the drug can charge $200 to $300 monthly, per patient, for a 5-to-10 minute checkup to renew a prescription. He warned that the lucrative nature of the drug “on a maintenance basis creates a disincentive to tapering the drug and its income-generating potential,” according to Bloomberg News. Withdrawal can cost $5,000 because it may take “four to five months, incorporating about 10 different drugs to detox the patient successfully,” he said.
So why the big push for buprenorphine/suboxone?
Is media contributing to this false narrative, propaganda intentionally?
I will explore that in the next piece!