Unethical Sham


‪D‬octors who prescribe opioid pain medications are being systematically persecuted because this media-manufactured “opioid epidemic” means a low-risk, positive-PR crusade for politicians on both sides of the aisle and good feelz for the activists.

‪The DEA is specifically targeting specialists who treat chronic pain patients (neurologists, oncologists, and rheumatologists in particular) and the burden of proving that they are not overprescribing ultimately rests with the doctors — an egregious miscarriage of justice.‬

‪It’s not enough for a doctor to demonstrate that they are adhering to established guidelines when prescribing opioids — they are required to demonstrate first that alternative treatments have been exhausted and found inadequate, and then‬ ‪they are required to prescribe only the lowest possible dosage required to “manage” (not alleviate) the pain.  Which in itself is monstrous.‬

‪A government bureaucrat opens a file and brainstorms a form of treatment that hasn’t been tried — even if it falls outside that doctor’s purview or it has been discounted for whatever reason (shit like accupuncture — I’m not kidding), they open an investigation.‬

‪A bureaucrat notices that a doc seems to be writing a lot of prescriptions — perhaps because they specialize in treating patients with neuromuscular disorders (or fucking cancer).  Investigation opened.‬

‪The investigations are a sham. All it takes to prosecute is a doctor on the government payroll deciding that they could have gone with a lower dosage for one of their patients.‬

‪These are almost always GPs with zero experience treating the conditions in question, who have examined neither the patient nor their medical records (because “protecting” patients is important). Some are hired straight out of med school, without any real-world experience.‬

Who ends up getting hurt — besides the doctors and their families?  Patients.  Because far too many practices are simply abolishing opioid prescriptions altogether.

‪Again, this is disproportionately affecting doctors who treat neurological & rheumatological disorders, autoimmune diseases, and cancer.‬

This is sick, this is evil, and nobody gives a damn (unless they’re a patient or doctor) because everybody loves a feel-fucking-good crusade.

The War on Pain Management


Private response to a Danielle Stella tweet:

There needs to be a congressional investigation into the tactics being used to prosecute — or rather PERSECUTE — specialists who prescribe pain medications.  The DOJ is having doctors testify in court who have ZERO experience treating the conditions for which these drugs are being prescribed, with many of them being hired to work as full-time consultants STRAIGHT OUT OF MED SCHOOL.‬

I have been fortunate that my neurologist is still willing to treat my pain, as his practice has otherwise ceased prescribing opioid medications.  Yet he cut my dosage IN HALF after two of his colleagues were sentenced to federal prison DESPITE ADHERING TO CDC GUIDELINES.

(He told me he had three daughters, two in college, and that he couldn’t afford to go to prison.)

The DOJ simply had their pets testify that certain patients COULD have been treated with lower doses than were prescribed, and in at least one case they claimed not enough alternative forms of pain management had been explored ‪before resorting to opioids.‬

The government is FLAGRANTLY interfering in our medical care in response to a media-manufactured crisis that politicians from BOTH sides of the aisle have eagerly exploited for the PR points.

Because who wouldn’t want to help addicts who so obviously became addicted ThRoUgH nO fAuLt Of ThEiR oWn?

The reality is that in almost every case of overdose, at least one other substance was involved, or the user had otherwise failed to take as directed — if they were even using these meds under a doctor’s’ supervision. And many of them weren’t.

it’s scary enough to face the prospect of socialized medicine, and what would happen to me if my cancer should return.  I underwent a series of unconventional surgeries that would certainly NOT have been covered under any government plan.

But I at least had opioids to manage my pain — which was so intense that they had to dose me even as I slept.  The recovery was brutal. Withdrawal from the intravenous dilaudid to get back on to tramadal truly sucked — every time.

The aftermath hasn’t been easy. Since my pain medication was cut in half, I went from being able to perform activities that most people take for granted — shopping, driving, keeping up with friends — to being housebound.

But what truly terrifies me is the prospect of the cancer returning, the government dictating my course of treatment and the extent to which I am deemed worthy of pain management.



My greatest vexation is the “opioid epidemic”.  People lack the moral character to take responsibility for their addictions, so they expect the government to step in and relieve them of that responsibility.  Politicians on both sides of the aisle are more than happy to oblige for the PR points, which has led to the systemic persecution of doctors who prescribe opioid pain medicines.

The media turns a blind eye to the disgusting tactics being employed because they were largely responsible for manufacturing this “crisis” in the first place.  (Hell, they make martyrs of these cretins!)

Nobody gives a shit about the people for whom these drugs (many of which are indeed safe for long-term use) are medically necessary.

But I suppose illness and infirmity are ugly, whereas addiction has become fetishized by pop culture.