IF ADDICTION IS A DISEASE, WHY ARE WE CRIMINALIZING PEOPLE FOR IT? AND WHY IS LAW ENFORCEMENT INVOLVED IN OUR MEDICAL CARE?
The unelected continue to harm pain patients and addicts through a well thought out plan to execute the disabled. In fact, a recent report called Violation of a Nation, by the Chronic Illness Advocacy & Awareness Group (CIAAG) recently exposed the CDC for slipping the new opioid guidelines in the Affordable Care Act. Right up under everyone’s noses. Disguised as well intentioned “policy” to reduce opioid related deaths, the CDC guidelines have done far more harm than good.
Which leads me to my next point: why is law enforcement involved in pain patient’s healthcare?
Short answer: because the War on Drugs is a lucrative operation that preys on vulnerable people; people who are poor, people who are sick. People who can’t fight back.
Now that cannabis is becoming more accepted & normalized by society, these drug task forces face budget cuts and job loss. Without a drug to demonize, the DEA/FDA won’t have weak people they can bully. So, they’ve created a new boogeyman with kratom. We are now seeing the FDA agenda to ban kratom carried out in Mississippi - county by county - as task force agents go around trying to shove their ideology and morality down the throats of anyone who will listen to their outright lies.
This should really make people nervous, because they are not slowing down.
We hear statements such as, “No matter who you are, you shouldn’t be treating your pain out of a gas station,” from task force agents.
Their job is to enforce the law, not make healthcare decisions for people they’ve never met.
But this begs the question: Why are LAW ENFORCEMENT agents making medical decisions to begin with?
Especially when one can buy lots of things at the gas station that DESTROY health. Donuts, soda, unsustainable gasoline that destroys the environment, cigarettes, alcohol, Tylenol. All these things contribute to declining health.
Think about the automobile. How much has it contributed to climate change? How many people die in car accidents every year?
The gas station has lots of things that can kill you. But kratom isn’t one of them.
But I digress.
The question people need to be asking is, “Why are people without proper pain management in the first place?”
Society has marginalized plant use (cannabis, kava, kratom, etc.)
The government has destroyed pain management doctors by systematically targeting and eliminating the treatment of pain for chronic pain patients.
The reason we can’t go to our doctors to get treated for pain in the first place is because of CDC guidelines. Too many people have been cut off and so many more lives have been lost to suicide due to intolerable pain.
As Josh Bloom at the American Council for Science & Health recently wrote:
Those politicians, bureaucrats, and ideologues did a damn fine job of cutting those Vicodin prescriptions only to have users switch over to fentanyl and heroin, which are both far deadlier. Many more people died than if they just left things alone.
More than half of states enacted laws restricting painkiller prescriptions after earlier federal guidance urged such limits, but the agencies say that advice may have been misinterpreted or taken too far.
"May have" is also a bit of an understatement. And misinterpreted? My ass. These awful laws were passed intentionally to make it look like politicians and law enforcement were doing something about the "epidemic" by "getting tough," almost to the point where it looked like a contest of which governor could be tougher by putting the most restrictions on prescriptions.
[In 2016 the CDC] recommended a one-week limit on the number of pills prescribed for first-time users suffering from acute pain and urged doctors to avoid increasing longer-term prescriptions for chronic pain to more than the equivalent of 90 mg of morphine a day.
It is not the job of the CDC to regulate drugs so it should come as no surprise that they either screwed it up or, (more likely IMO) had a poorly-hidden agenda. The FDA, which knows about drugs can regulate them. The CDC, which knows nothing (1) stuck its nose where it didn't belong for the first time ever.
“So, let's all congratulate the CDC for sticking its nose where it should not have been and the Physicians Responsible for Opioid Prohibition (1) for creating a mess that we will not be getting out of anytime soon.
A new report from in the December 12th National Vital Statistics Reports (NVSR) confirms what patient pain advocates and I have been saying all along - that we've been fighting the wrong war (against prescription opioid analgesics) and, in doing so, managed to screw two things up at the same time.
Pain patients are suffering
More people, not fewer, are dying
One can only hope that the press, which has been pathetically inept in its coverage of the "opioid crisis," which is really the "fentanyl crisis," might pay attention to the new report and possibly start to get the story right,” Bloom writes.
The whole thing is really sad. Our government is filled with people who are sometimes well meaning, but completely uneducated on the real cause of addiction. Perhaps we should leave that to the real addiction experts - people such as Dr. Gabor Mate, who does a fine job of explaining that drugs aren’t actually the reason people get addicted, because if they were, then everyone who does them would be an addict. But in reality only 5-10% of the world’s population has a substance use disorder. It’s really not as prevalent as the news makes it seem.
Kratom is certainly not a public health threat, but prohibition is.