F.D.A. Urging a Tighter Rein on Painkillers Toby Talbot/Associated Press Hydrocone-containing drugs, like these at a Vermont pharmacy, were prescribed for an estimated 47 million patients in 2011. By BARRY MEIER Published: October 24, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers, changes that are expected to take place as early as next year. The move, which represents a major policy shift, follows a decade-long debate over whether the widely abused drugs, which contain the narcotic hydrocodone, should be controlled as tightly as more powerful painkillers like OxyContin. The drugs at issue contain a combination of hydrocodone and an over-the-counter painkiller like acetaminophen or aspirin and are sold either as generics or under brand names like Vicodin or Lortab. Doctors use the medications to treat pain from injuries, arthritis, dental extractions and other problems. The change would reduce the number of refills patients could get before going back to see their doctor. Patients would also be required to take a prescription to a pharmacy, rather than have a doctor call it in. Prescription drugs account for about three-quarters of all drug overdose deaths in the United States, with the number of deaths from narcotic painkillers, or opioids, quadrupling since 1999, according to federal data. Drugs containing hydrocodone represent a huge share...Chronic Pain Support
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CVS Health recently announced that it will limit new opioid prescriptions for acute pain to a 7 day supply. CVS pharmacies will also require that daily doses be no higher than 90mg morphine equivalent units for both acute and chronic pain. Customers must also use immediate release formulations before extended release opioids are dispensed. This policy, which is meant to reduce opioid abuse and misuse, will become effective February 1, 2018.
"If You Could Walk In My Shoes"
If you could walk in my shoes,
You would see, I paid my dues,
I worked hard my whole life through,
Even though, I no longer do.
You would see how hard I tried.
You would see how hard I cried.
Can't you see my condition is real,
Even though you can't see what I feel.
Your support could lift me up.
That would be amazing luck.
My disability; you can't see,
But I need you to believe in me.
Trust me when I say,
A friend could make my day.
Please lend a helping hand,
With your support, I can stand.
A little goes along way.
A good friend won't turn away.
A little kind word can lift my soul.
A little kind word can make me whole.
Written By: Manuela McPhee on May 23, 2009"
Why Pain Affects the Perception of our Future By Tracy Rydzy, MSW, LSW I used to have a very clear picture of my future. I saw myself in a nice house, accomplished in my job as a therapist and an author. I saw a couple children, saw myself running around after them and laughing. I saw a healthy, fun life, full of laughter and smiles. Two years ago that picture became fuzzy and, ultimately, disappeared. I am not trying to be over-dramatic and suggesting I don’t have a future anymore, but the truth is, for many people living with chronic pain, the future is very fuzzy, if it can be seen at all. I feel like the longer I go without a reason for my pain, the dimmer the picture gets. The house is blurry, the job is very blurry and the children have disappeared from the picture altogether. I think part of the reason for this phenomenon is that, even on a day to day basis our lives are a giant question mark. Will I have the energy to do x? Will my pain meds help me or just knock me out? Can I get to the gym today? Will my mood be happy? Sad? Irritated? A lot of people think that everything is dependent on physical pain, but the truth is the emotional pain can sometimes be more overwhelming and devastating than even the physical. When you live with constant disappointment, your mood suffers. Sometimes just the fact that I have little to do is enough to make me, well, pissed. It is the reason that I try to get to acting class so that I can...Chronic Pain Support