Posts Tagged ‘Pain’

Opioid lawsuit targets rich family behind drug that fueled US crisis Sackler family, which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, accused of fueling addiction while boosting profits

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The Guardian:
Joanna Walters and agencies
Tue 12 Jun 2018

 

The prescription painkiller OxyContin at a pharmacy. The lawsuit takes the unusual step of personally naming the company executives.
The prescription painkiller OxyContin at a pharmacy. The lawsuit takes the unusual step of personally naming the company executives.

 

The state of Massachusetts on Tuesday sued the maker of the prescription painkiller OxyContin, which has been blamed for spawning America’s opioids crisis, naming leading executives and members of the multibillionaire Sackler family that owns the pharmaceutical company.

The lawsuit accuses the company, Purdue Pharma, of spinning a “web of illegal deceit” to fuel the deadly drug abuse crisis while boosting profits.

Their strategy was simple: the more drugs they sold, the more money they made, and the more people died
Maura Healey, state attorney general
Purdue Pharma is already defending lawsuits from several states and local governments, but Massachusetts is the first state to take the unusual step of personally naming the company’s executives in a complaint, the state attorney general, Maura Healey, said. It names 16 current and former executives and board members, including the chief executive, Craig Landau, and eight members across three generations of the Sackler family that wholly owns Purdue.

The lawsuit alleges Purdue deceived patients and doctors about the risks of opioids, pushed prescribers to keep patients on the drugs longer and aggressively targeted vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and veterans.

“Their strategy was simple: the more drugs they sold, the more money they made, and the more people died,” Healey said on Tuesday.

Purdue, based in Stamford, Connecticut, issued a statement saying it vigorously denied all the allegations and looked forward to presenting “substantial defenses” to the claims in the lawsuit.

“We share the attorney general’s concern about the opioid crisis. We are disappointed, however, that in the midst of good faith negotiations with many states, the commonwealth [of Massachusetts] has decided to pursue a costly and protracted litigation process. We will continue to work collaboratively with the states toward bringing meaningful solutions,” it stated.

Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, has sued the maker of OxyContin over the deadly opioid crisis.
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Maura Healey, the Massachusetts attorney general, has sued the maker of OxyContin over the deadly opioid crisis.

 

Purdue, along with some other painkiller makers and drug distributors, is currently facing more than 300 lawsuits from city and county authorities across the country. The lawsuits have been corralled into one multi-district case in a federal court in Ohio. The judge in that case has been pushing for a huge, quick settlement to compensate victims and assist in what the government has admitted is a public health crisis, in the way the so-called “Big Tobacco settlement” happened against cigarette companies in the 1990s. But some experts are calling for the case to go to trial in order to oblige the pharmaceutical companies to produce more evidence in the discovery process.

 

 

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“Altered Traits”: Seasoned meditators and pain

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Imagine now you hear a soft rumble as a five-gallon tank of water starts boiling and sends a stream of fluid through the thin rubber hose that runs through the two-inch square metal plate strapped tight on your wrist. The plate heats up, pleasantly at first.

 

 

But that pleasantness quickly heads toward pain, as the water temperature jumps several degrees within a couple of seconds.

 

 

Finally, you can’t take it anymore—if this were a hot stove you had touched, you would instantly pull away.

 

 

But you can’t remove that metal plate.

 

 

You feel the almost excruciating heat for a full ten seconds, sure you are getting burned.

 

But you get no burn; your skin is fine.

 

You’ve just reached your highest pain threshold, exactly what this device, the Medoc thermal stimulator, was designed to detect.

 

Used by neurologists to assess conditions like neuropathy that reveal deterioration of the central nervous system, the thermal stimulator has built-in safety devices so people’s skin won’t be burned, even as it calibrates precisely their maximum pain threshold.

 

And people’s pain thresholds are nowhere near the higher range at which burns occur.

 

That’s why the Medoc has been used with experimental volunteers to establish how meditation alters our perceptions of pain.

 

 

Among pain’s main components are our purely physiological sensations, like burning, and our psychological reactions to those sensations.

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Why is change almost impossible for most!!!!!

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From my experience, my research reading and asking those that cross my path, seems 10% take action and try! This is a generous number in my opinion.

 

This is just those who try, not necessarily heal. How many people search out the second therapy after the first fails? How many never give up?

 

We are talking about suffering, familiar suffering accepted without even trying to live free and unencumbered.

 

This mindset is foreign to me. My childhood was filled with unworthiness, my father demanded I be an overachiever, be twice as good as anyone else.

 

All I know is how to endure and exert effort, how the need to overachieve can make me closer to being worthy.

 

I have no clue why it is so difficult to take action, to risk.

 

This is a blind spot for me. I am an expert at suffering, negative self talk and extreme unworthiness, but it comes easy to expend all out effort. I earned this mindset enduring my childhood abuse.

 

Learning to be sensitive and respectful to those who are stuck has been a work in progress.

 

Even the smallest action is resisted. That first step brings massive responsibility.

 

That first step eliminates the victim hiding inside and brings out the real us.

 

Yes, we are vulnerable, exposed, this is the frightening path to healing.

 

Please share any insight in ways we can motivate others to take action.
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CDC just says no to opioid prescriptions for chronic pain

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CDC just says no to opioid prescriptions for chronic pain
New guideline aims to crack down on “doctor-driven” epidemic of overdose deaths.
by Beth Mole – Mar 15, 2016
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To help curb “one of the most pressing public health issues” of the day—the epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released broad, first-of-its-kind guidelines for the use of the deadly medications.
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Of the 12 recommendations in the agency’s guidance, the most prominent is the suggestion that doctors refrain from giving opioid prescriptions for chronic pain—the drugs are OK to use for palliative care, cancer patients, and end-of-life treatments. Patients suffering from chronic pain should explore alternative treatment plans and strategies, such as non-opioid medications and exercise therapy, the agency says. And if a doctor feels an opioid should be used for chronic pain management in a patient, it should be done very thoughtfully and with close monitoring, including urine tests for undisclosed opioid use.
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“Plainly stated, the risks of opioids are addiction and death, and the benefits for chronic pain are often transient and generally unproven,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a press briefing Tuesday.
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Deborah Dowell, a senior medical advisor at the CDC and coauthor of the guidelines, noted during the briefing that although chronic pain sufferers accounted for only five percent of the patients receiving opioids, they may take in as much as 70 percent of opioid prescriptions. And chronic pain patients disproportionately suffer from addiction and overdoses.
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For acute pain sufferers, the agency recommends that the drugs should be given only after thoughtful consideration and at the lowest possible dose for the shortest possible period—between three and seven days.
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While the guidelines are non-binding—the CDC is not a regulatory agency—officials are hopeful that the advice will help stem the tide of what has become a startling public health issue recently. Today, and every day this year, 40 Americans will die of a prescription opioid overdose, Frieden noted.
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From 2000 to 2014, the numbers of overdose deaths involving opioids, which include prescription opioids as well as heroin, increased by 200 percent. And a recent study found that of those who suffered an overdose, 91 percent were prescribed yet more opioids.
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“Last year, more Americans died from drug overdoses than car crashes,” Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), said. The problem, she went on, is devastating families nationwide. Thus, combating opioid use and overdose is a “national priority.” Along with the CDC’s guidelines, the HHS is working to make sure that naloxone—a drug that reverses opioid overdoses—is in the hands of first responders, Burwell said.
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But, Frieden concluded, health experts hope that the guidelines reduce the need for such strategies. “The prescription overdose epidemic is doctor-driven,” he said. “It can be reversed, in part, by doctors’ actions.”
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Ricard: Learning to welcome Difficult Emotions

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“One crucial aspect of working with our emotions is learning to stop viewing them as obstacles to our happiness.
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We almost always judge the emotions that feel bad as bad; we see them as the enemy, as something to be conquered or eradicated.”
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I think our judging happens without thought, as though it is an involuntary reflex, habitually practiced with every external experience.
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We avoid our own body functions, adrenal stress response (fight or flight), difficult emotions, (fear, anxiety, self doubt, anxiety, etc.), pain or unpleasantness.
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Having the ability to experience awkward, unpleasant, or anxious situations without judgment frees us to experience this current moment.
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Go visit an uncomfortable or awkward situation today without reacting, without judging until these emotions subside.
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Let the storyline go and feel the body sensations, intimately, quietly.
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On the surface judging steals our waking time needed to experience happiness, freedom,the present moment, life.
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99% of all judgments impact our chance of being happy negatively.
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Healing, finding happiness is not a birth right, it is earned through daily work.
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Pain does not have an emotion, it is a neutral function, process!

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Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)
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Pain does not have a personality.
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Pain does not have an emotion.
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Pain is a neutral process, a benign function.
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Thinking pain is angry, evil, vindictive, horrible, or bad increases its intensity and duration!
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Not thinking about our pain, limits its intensity and duration!
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Like healing from PTSD, not thinking about PTSD or pain calms, diminishes and soothes us.
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We use our focus on the breath to stay present, to be empty, to heal, to be happy.
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Pain And Fear Part Two

  

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Fear and pain both grow with attention, become stronger the more we think about them.
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When we fear our pain, it is elevated to suffering status.
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Any decent pain will bring suffering into our lives.
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When we avoid fear and pain at all costs, healing and happiness are a
Million miles away.
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Both fear and pain can be experienced differently.
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Fear and pain are enhanced by judgment and thought.
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Continued
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