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Chronic pain is the number-one cause of long term disability in the United States and affects over 100 million Americans, more than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined.
Restricting, punishing, and prohibiting the prescribing of opioids in response to the opioid epidemic has worsened the undertreatment of pain and caused morbidity and mortality in pain patients.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies (corporate and local), pharmacists, insurance companies, physicians, and patients all share fault in the current opioid epidemic and must cooperate in the ethical, humane and appropriate treatment of the diseases of addiction and pain.
Despite the Center for Disease Control advising against the misapplication of their guidelines for the prescribing of opioids for chronic pain, pharmacies and insurance companies are refusing valid opioid prescriptions for pain from licensed and certified prescribers without just cause or due process.
The proposed solution is a certification process linking all responsible parties in the treatment of pain and addiction along with regulations to end the baseless restrictions on prescriptions for chronic pain management.