Provide access to opioids for chronic pain sufferers
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Access to opioid therapy for people with chronic pain is a necessary part of a treatment plan, particularly for people who's pain has not been relieved by other less intrusive pain treatment regimes. In May of 2017, the federal and provincial governments in Canada set out guidelines that recommend that physicians restrict treatment dosages of opioids like oxycodone, hydromorphone and the Fentanyl patch to 90 milligrams per day and ideally to 50 mg per day or less. These guidelines have resulted in a knee jerk reaction by physicians who are refusing to use opioids where appropriate and are reducing access to chronic pain sufferers to the detriment of this group of people, estimated to be between 500,000 to 1,000,000 people in Canada. Not having access to pain relief has created desperation in the lives of people with chronic pain. Many have lost the little quality of life opioids allowed them to have. Until a treatment can be found that relieves pain as effectively as opioids, we want the government to support physicians who prescribe these medications, not intimidate and demonize them. We want our government officials to be clear to the public and physicians treating people with chronic pain, that they support the use of opioids where appropriate. We want our government to consult with chronic pain sufferers and pain treatment specialists to set out guidelines that are not focused on limiting daily dosages, but rather focus on educating, training physicians and supporting patients through therapeutic access and supportive counselling. We want our government to change the narrative regarding the use of opioids for chronic pain sufferers by not only outlining the risks of these substances but also providing positive messaging regarding their responsible use and the positive impact they can have on people's lives when used respectfully. Opioids are not THE problem for chronic pain sufferers. Living with PAIN is.
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