Alliance for the Treatment of Intractable Pain – ATIP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D. ,
803 566-8011 [0900-1600 EDT]
ATIP Fights Back in the War Against People in Pain
A new group of medical professionals and pain experts is fighting back against government propaganda that is demonizing people who live with severe intractable pain. The Alliance for the Treatment of Intractable Pain (ATIP) is recruiting in social media for medical professionals, healthcare writers, knowledgeable patients and family members to lobby the US Congress to stop the government from severely limiting or banning opioid pain killers.
“We are assisting pain patients and family members to lobby elected officials at every level, and the news media in every State,” Dr. Lawhern said. “2016 CDC Guidelines on prescription of opioids are biased by anti-opioid advocates, scientifically unsupported, and dangerously incomplete.”
“The 2016 CDC guidelines are forcing pain management doctors to abandon their patients to agony and disability. Thousands are being deserted, stigmatized and abused. Suicides are reported nearly every week among patients denied pain therapy that has been effective for years in promoting their quality of life.”
“We are working to help the news media to tell the other side of the addiction crisis,” Lawhern said. “– the one where blameless patients are being denied access to essential therapies. Millions depend on opioids every day to function normally.”
“We contradict the false narrative that all opioids are the same and all are bad. The current irrational government attack on prescription opioids is killing innocent people and leaving millions in cruel pain, needlessly destroying their lives.”
ATIP’s growing membership includes prominent professionals in pain management, as well as nurses, healthcare writers and social media activists. Activities are initiated and supported by knowledgeable leaders in social media, calling on thousands of pain patients and family members in a grass-roots campaign to change government policy.
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