Some Utah patients taken off opioids too abruptly amid opioid battle, lobbyist says

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  • mrjj69 Bountiful, UT
    June 20, 2019 1:56 a.m.

    This is what happens when the bureaucrats and politicians think they know better than a licensed physician.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 18, 2019 7:22 p.m.

    Why would any drug maker bother to make opioids any more?
    They are being sued for hundreds of millions of dollars by states and ambulance chasing lawyers, which will be far more than they would ever make selling the drugs. (Let alone recover the cost of their development and approval by the FDA as safe and effective.)

    Cut the risk of further lawsuits and just stop making them entirely, no one can blame them for making a rational business decision.

    If someone has pain, they should see a lawyer, since lawyers know all the answers about what drugs are good and bad.

    Opioids are certainly abused, by individuals voluntarily, or addicted after legitimate use. They are also wonderful therapy for pain which does not respond to other treatment.

    As a society we have decided (through lawsuits) that opiods are bad and the makers must be punished. Sorry, pain sufferers.

    Maybe a bunch of lawyers will get into the pharmaceutical business to meet the needs of the sick?

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    June 18, 2019 2:46 p.m.

    Use of medical grade MMJ can really help those in pain -
    lower opiate use and amount- easing off of addiction causing pain killers.
    ... fact is -- use of MMJ to get off of alcohol consumption for pain relief is wisdom too.
    Alcohol use for pain management killed both of my older brothers.
    My research - human behaviors & Constitution Violations - clearly prove-
    in the end--- the choice to use drugs will be up to adult citizens not -
    private business venture and their Monopoly Partners-
    doctors/pharmacies/hospitals & health insurance.

    Ask Utah AG Sean Reyes, US Atty John Huber or DA Sim Gill- (or any lawyer/law prof.)
    is our "Controlled Substance Acts" - a monopoly - violating citizen equality under all laws?
    If you don't want to ask -
    you now understand why it is to hard to be ethical/lawful - when status quo is threatened.
    So... like it says on our money--- In God we Trust.... you sure can't trust our minds..
    to be ethical in all situations.... so speak-up.. defend equality under all laws -
    & save our nation from self-destruction... our fault not God.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    June 18, 2019 11:41 a.m.

    you have to love lobbyists..... pay me, I will say anything

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 18, 2019 10:27 a.m.

    It must be hard to look in the mirror each morning when you're a pro-opiod lobbyist.

  • neece Hyde Park, UT
    June 18, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    The thing that absolutely just makes me go crazy is now hospitals and doctors treat those with chronic like drug addicts trying to get their next fix. My sister was treated like crap as soon as they found out she was on opioids. When she told them she was on a "Contract" with her pain doctor then all of the sudden... it was "Oh.. ok then" Guess what? Most people who are on pain meds DONT WANT to be on them. Most would choose to get rid of the pain if they could without. Most people on Opioids with a specialize doctor must sign a contract stating they will not have any doctor give them pain medicine except the Pain doctor. They must take drug tests on a regular basis and results are sent to the "powers that be". So don't judge until you have the facts.

  • JapanCougar Layton, UT
    June 18, 2019 7:58 a.m.

    Wait, do we want patients with chronic pain to have access to prescription opiates or not? Many of those who were dying from overdose or who were addicted, and thus victims of the "opidemic" had legitimate chronic pain.

    The pendulum swings again. If we don't want to experience major swings, we need to be careful about how vigorously we attack problems like this in court, the legislature, and the media. Doctors and nurses on the front line are, after all, the most plugged in to the situation and should be treated as allies in solving the problem.

    Perhaps we could go about this more scientifically?

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    June 17, 2019 11:48 p.m.

    it is very unfortunate that so many are overdosing with opiods. But, we shouldn't punish everyone else or the Dr's trying to help them. Or, allow their families to sue all these people. All that does is turn the health care sector into a defensive medicine sector which in the end doesn't really help anyone but the lawyers suing.