ATIP is a collaboration of pain patient advocates and activists calling for the immediate withdrawal of the guidelines published by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding prescription of opiates to adult non-cancer, chronic pain patients. The grounds for this challenge include exceptionally poor science, professional bias, and known harms to patients and doctors in the arbitrary withdrawal of care.

In full support of their mission, the Facial Pain Advocacy Alliance is proud to be temporarily hosting this important effort in the fight for pain patients’ rights.

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White Paper on Prescription Opioids and Chronic Pain


Principles for a Revised Opioid Prescription Guideline 2018


New at the Alliance

The US Drug Enforcement Agency proposed in April 2018 to change its own charter to permit the Agency to scale back production of opioid pain reliever drugs, if they find reason to believe these essential medications are “diverted.” DEA offers no explanation for how they proposed to determine diversion. And they shortened the usual public review period to a mere two weeks. One must suspect that they’re trying to pull a fast one on the American public — an enormously destructive “fast one” that has potential to harm both chronic and acute pain patients.

Richard A “Red” Lawhern and John Allen Tucker, PhD have recently completed a major analysis of 18 years of State-By-State data recorded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by the Agency for Healthcare Quality Research. These data concern opioid prescribing rates, overdose-related deaths, and hospital emergency room visits for opioid-related problems. What this analysis reveals is startling:

  • Historically, there is a weak association between higher prescribing rates and more reported overdose deaths, by US State. But for 2016, there is no relationship at all. Illegal drugs have so completely flooded street markets that deaths due to prescription drugs (either actually prescribed or diverted by theft or being given to a relative or friend) are insignificant. Patient deaths due to prescriptions get lost in the noise.
  • Although opioid analgesic prescribing has dropped steadily since 2010, CDC is reporting increasing deaths related to drug overdose, and increasing numbers of hospital emergency room admissions. Restriction of production for medically managed opioid analgesics clearly hasn’t worked. We have no reason to believe it will work in the future. DEA proposed restrictions on medical opioid production cannot POSSIBLY help “solve” an opioid crisis that was never caused by prescriptions in the first place. But such measures have every potential for destroying the lives of millions of chronic and acute pain patients who are being denied effective treatment for their pain.

The summary report of the analysis and a full listing of the data which back it are offered below. The authors welcome and invite qualified data analysts to examine the evidence and share their conclusions by email to and

Click to download a full listing of the data: Opioid Prescribing Vs Mortality V1.1

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Analysis of CDC Wonder Rx and ER Data 1.3


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Let Lawmakers hear from you

In order to be heard over the din of opioid misinformation and falsehoods, ATIP needs you! Below you will find tools and tips for making yourself heard in the Fight for Pain Patients’ Rights

How to Take Effective Action in the Fight for Patients’ Rights

  1. Click to read “Taking Action: Tips for Getting Our Voices Heard”
  2. Look up the phone numbers and locations of the nearest local offices of your Senators and Congressional Representatives.
    To use the finder below, select “Members” in the drop down and type your state in the text box. For example:


  • Arm yourself with current and accurate information our library of Red’s writings on the topic of opioid policy and pain patients’ rights. (see below)
  • Download the following document for your use in lobbying your Congressional representatives.

Let us hear from you, too!

Have You Been Affected Adversely by the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines? You can help!

  1. We need reports of denial of treatment leading to diminished quality of life and/or suicide among our communities. Even if you don’t have a name, please provide gender, city, state, age, date of the suicide – whatever demographic information you have.
  2. We also need testimonials concerning what tapering/stopped medications has done to your health and well being. Please include your diagnosis, how loved ones are affected, if you have had to leave your job, file for disability, etc. Tell us if you or a (healthy) loved one has been denied adequate pain relief during or after a surgery/injury, or are canceling/postponing surgery because of the new pain laws.
  3. We also need the names of any doctors who have had to leave or retire from medicine due to the government’s opioid prescribing guidelines, and whether your doctor has received threatening letters from authorities regarding opioid prescribing.

We will keep your identities confidential if you request. But your testimony may have far more impact if you are willing to put your name on it and have it published.

Please email: