The CDC Guideline was never intended to set specific dosage limits, yet it’s being used to legislate absolute rules for what should be individual medical decisions between doctor and patient.
It’s based on admittedly manipulated data (overdoses were counted multiple times if multiple drugs were found). It overlooks essential facts about opioid prescribing and makes strong recommendations based on weak evidence.
The government’s “crisis” of addiction, is not one of the sick using medications for real lifestyle-changing pain.
If so, the results after 3 years of imposing dose limits: now opioid prescribing way down, and yet overdoses way up.
Overdoses are mostly from multiple drugs and illicit opioids, not from opioids prescribed to the individual in real pain, take their medications as directed by their doctors.
Believe me they urine or blood test you each month and count your pills to make sure we’re on the straight and narrow, as well as lots of paperwork with testing questions to see if you’re addicted or at risk for addiction.
There is a difference between legitimate prescriptions used for pain relief and illegal heroin and street drugs used for recreation. The conflated data confuses the motives of people in pain with those looking for a recreational high or staving off withdrawal.
Setting a standard dose for pain medication is like setting a standard time for cooking a roast without knowing the amount or type of meat (amount or type of pain) or the temperature of the oven (opioid metabolism of a patient).
When our pain-relieving medication is drastically decreased (and in some cases stopped without notice or aftercare), we can no longer function in our jobs (if we aren’t already disabled like me) or family roles.
We become more burdensome and dependent on our loved ones.
Our lives become a progression of daily suffering and lacking any quality of life.
Truth be told, this is a huge risk of suicide for those in horrible pain day after day.