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It seems more and more news outlets are starting to report on how the opioid crackdown has affected chronic pain patients. They are keying in on the unfortunate trend of patients committing suicide because they have been taken off their medication. I can't link articles onto the boards here, but if you do a search on the subject, you'll see where doctors are speaking out more now because the issue we all knew was going to happen (patients taking their own lives) is happening. The "theory" of "hyper analgesia" is being called into question. Doctors are coming to the realization that opioids do work long term despite some medical groups advocating that they do not work long term.
It's still going to be an uphill battle going up against the physicians at the Federal Level. But, as more and more studies get disproven because of medical bias against opioids, I believe it can only help our case. My guess is that the fat cat lawyers who are suing opioid manufacturers are probably not liking how the studies are being medically disproven. All they saw were $$$$ and thought this would be their "retirement" case.