American Agony Blog Tour Post #03
From Dr. Helen Borel:
I can’t thank my host enough for allowing me to share some very surprising information. Everyone knows that ethical pharmaceutical companies research, develop, and market our prescription drugs. They tame diabetes, halt epileptic seizures, cure bacterial infections, prevent heart attacks and strokes, and control the troubling mood swings of bipolar disorder. In many ways, pharma manufacturers are literally life savers.
There is one other imperative class of drugs which, also under the purest of scientific processes, is manufactured for patients suffering various kinds and levels of pain. These are the opiates, morphine and codeine, and their analogs (aka their chemical spinoffs), referred to as opioids. These include fentanyl patches, hydrocodone, and analogous prescription narcotics. OxyContin (R) (oxycodone HCl), yet another opioid brand, has been targeted for extinction, it seems, by ill-motivated Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) operatives. But that’s a subject for another discussion and another revealing blog-tour visit.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to what I call “THE LEGAL MORPHINE.” Government interference with legitimate medical prescriptions for pain is forcing patients into detox facilities where illicit addicts are put on Suboxone (R) (buprenorphine/naloxone). That’s a morphine paradoxically being used, supposedly, to get addicts off heroin and other illicit narcotics. It’s an opiate to treat an opiate or opioid addiction? Thus, “detoxed” addicts are now are on Suboxone (R) for life. It has been reported that many on the Suboxone (R) regimen revert to their illicits of choice, while others sell this “bupe,” as it’s known in the streets, to other addicts. Not only that, pain specialists and pain patients attest to the generally poor ability of Suboxone (R) to provide analgesia. Could it be that the naloxone component of the formulation cancels out any possible pain relief extant in buprenorphine, the morphine component? Duh!
In American AGONY: The Opioid War Against Patients in Pain, published by Fresh Ink Group, I discuss this conundrum in depth in Section VI, Chapter Twenty, “The Suboxone Hoax.” I unravel for readers the financial motivations in labelling as “addicts” patients who are nothing of the kind. Instead, many are pain patients victimized by a dazzling cornucopia of addiction$ indu$try largesse—the beneficiaries of which are neither genuine illicit addicts nor patients with varied painful conditions.
The financial beneficiaries are Reckitt Benckiser (parent of Indivior, the manufacturer of Suboxone (R) ); the reaping-multi-million$ “addiction treatment” facilities; former politicians, now mysteriously transformed into “advisors” to those centers; and some psychiatrists, members of an “anti-opioid” organization that is, nonsensically, advocating for “The Legal Morphine” from which they get rich. Having spent my life writing and publishing about medical science and pharmaceuticals, I felt compelled to delve deeply into these issues. As a registered nurse, I’ve seen and treated all kinds of suffering, and I feel devastated about the dual epidemics of untreated pain of millions and the suicides of thousands due to abrupt denial of well-working prescription opioids. It’s a lie that prescription opioids relate to illicit street drugs, that pain patients are merely “craving addicts,” that a morphine like the buprenorphine in Suboxone (R) is going to reverse addicts’ cravings. It’s a lie that all pain patients can derive sufficient analgesic benefit from a morphine cut with a morphine antagonist.
Thank you for allowing me to share this information from my book, written for the many who it can help and to awaken government disruptors of normal opioid prescribing for pain. Please spread the word and share my trailer.
—Helen Borel, RN, MFA, PhD
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About the Author: Dr. Helen Borel wrote poetry and played piano as a child growing up in two orphanages. She became a registered nurse, then earned her master’s in creative writing. After 18 years as a medical, psychiatric, and pharmaceutical copywriter, she published books, literary criticism, satire, and fiction. She became a doctor in psychoanalytical studies with her own website, PsychDocNYC.com. Always outspoken for the underdog, her intense research is the basis for her passionate expose of government wrongs and the legal rights pain victims must assert.
Find her at PsychDocNYC.com and on Twitter: @BorelMedWriter or @PsychDocConnect.
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