Charles Lane’s May 1 op-ed, “Do rules on opioids violate human rights?,” challenged a Human Rights Watch inquiry into the effects of opioid limits on the treatment of pain. Opioid restrictions might sound reasonable, but there are legitimate questions regarding their efficacy and harms.
Although the 2016 guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are flexible and non-mandatory, legislators and policymakers have seized on numbers in the guidelines, adopting rigid, one-size-fits-all dosage and supply limits into law in half of the states and as a mandatory policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
As a result, patients who undergo major surgeries will not receive opioid pain medication post-surgically for more than three to seven days in most states. Previously stable patients are being taken off of their opioid medications or denied care altogether by fearful or frustrated physicians. The consequences of limiting legitimate medical treatment can be dire, resulting, as a preliminary report from VA recently found, in increased suicide mortality. Opioid limits have also proved ineffective: Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have scarcely fallen in the past five years despite a substantial decrease in opioid prescribing, which is at a 10-year low.
Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from severe or persistent pain, which is 25 times more than those who misuse opioids. Increasing their suffering and incentivizing people to turn to the black market will not solve the opioid crisis. Human Rights Watch is asking reasonable questions. Let’s not bias its inquiry..
The weary-looking former Dance Moms star is smiling in the shot as she lies in her hospital bed. Perri and Pietrusinski flank her, playfully wearing masks and rubber medical gloves as they hold Miller’s hands.
Miller wrote as a caption, “Girls came to say Hi before they head to prom.”
The disgraced reality TV coach who served time in prison due to financial misdeeds included their Instagram handles @ericagrace23 and @maddie_p_07. Miller previously said that Maddie Pietrusinski is her goddaughter. Both girls are dancers.
As RadarOnline.com reported yesterday, Miller continues to overflow with emotion as she battles cancer and on Friday, May 4, she posted a dramatic photo of herself on Instagram curled up in a hospital bed. Under her head is a pillow embroidered with a big eye and the saying “Save your tears for the pillow.”
Miller, 51, captioned the picture, “Practice what you preach! #saveyourtearsforthepillow.” The saying comes from what Miller often told her former students on Dance Moms. The medical situation is serious for Miller as she has been getting her business affairs, will and funeral plans in order, as an insider exclusively told Radar.
She was diagnosed with cancer just a few weeks after being released from prison to a halfway house.
On April 17, Miller went into surgery for a multi-level laminectomy after she experienced “excruciating neck pain.”
She was later diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a type of cancer, and has been terrified ever since, sharing photos and fears with fans on social media.
Maine today is considered today an absolute national leader…