SUICIDES associated with forced tapering of opiate pain treatments

Pain medicine reduction SUICIDES are continuing with forced tapering and terminations with PROP/CDC policy opiate pain medication is the same as “Heroin Pills”

  • We at JATH research and present facts only. We are not a policy body. We do not provide opinions. We research topics and make facts available to anyone who can benefit. None of JATH material is copyrighted and can be used freely. These suicide cases assembled by our team are presented as information for others to draw conclusions and make policy.
  • The total number of pain treatment suicides is unknown. The VA will not release information, coroners frequently code these suicides from tapering as “overdose deaths”, families feel ashamed their loved ones were associated with opioids. Many cases were not listed as data was not firm enough to met JATH criteria of “doubtless fact”.
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  • PROP was the architect for the CDC “Guideline” published March 15, 2016. Multiple PROP members were secretly added to the CDC consultant list. Dr. Kolodony became a spokesman for the Agency. Meetings were held in secret, procedures were not followed. The US House if Representatives Committee on Oversight sent a letter to the CDC Director, Thomas Frieden MD in December 2015 with their concerns over these irregularities ( ) The “Guideline” was quickly added to the Obama Budget reconsideration process and became law for the Veterans Administration coinciding with the House letter. Reluctantly, the CDC held the required public hearings. Many of the comments were negative. The American Cancer Society expressed concerns. People responding to the last minute comment period were concerned. Three months later, the Guideline was published, with no changes.
  • The VA began the CDC’s mandate for tapering and discontinuation of existing pain medicine plans in United States military veterans where it exists today.
  • The CDC denies they recommend tapering but the word “taper” appears 44 times in the “Guideline”. As mentioned the entire VA system is actively tapering veterans off pain medicine “adopting the CDC “Guideline” .
  • Dr. Andrew Kolodny and the PROP organization he founded believe strongly that tapering will solve the addiction problem. Dr. Kolodny was quoted as saying, “high doses (of opiates) should be reduced even if patient refuses”.

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42 years varied primary care • former Chief, Hospital in Home Service @harvardmed • formerly: @UofMaryland, @StanfordDeptMed, @uoregon • nationalpaincouncil.org

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Thomas Kline, MD, PhD

Thomas Kline, MD, PhD

42 years varied primary care • former Chief, Hospital in Home Service @harvardmed • formerly: @UofMaryland, @StanfordDeptMed, @uoregon • nationalpaincouncil.org