{FD} Frustrated opioid patients speak out: ‘I now buy heroin on the street’

Hundreds of people who reached out to Fox News through emails, and messages on social media, following the publication of a three-part series on the nation’s struggle to address its crippling opioid crisis caused mainly by illegal drugs, and the unintended victims – chronic pain sufferers who have relied on prescribed opioids for relief — left in its wake. 

{FD} Health experts offer solutions for unintended consequences of opioid crackdown

The most urgently needed first step to addressing the misunderstandings about Centers for Disease and Prevention opioid prescribing guidelines, many clinicians and health experts say, is for the agency to clarify – in a high-profile way– what the guidelines were meant, and not meant, to do.

{FD} Doctors caught between struggling opioid patients and crackdown on prescriptions

Doctors are opting to stop prescribing legal opioids – even to people who are left bedridden without them — as insurers, pharmacies, state medical boards and state and federal law enforcement authorities warn them about overstepping federal opioid prescribing guidelines (issued in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control) and the regulatory or third-party limits that followed on the number of pills and daily dosage they can give patients. Some have stopped prescribing opioids after being faced with losing their medical license or getting arrested.

{FD} As doctors taper or end opioid prescriptions, many patients driven to despair, suicide

Doctors and medical establishments are sharply reducing doses of – or altogether no long prescribing — pain medications, leaving many among the estimated 20 million Americans who suffer from daily debilitating chronic pain to consider ending their lives, and many others to kill themselves.