In the American Journal of Public Health, CDC researchers Puja Seth, Rose Rudd, Rita Noonan and Tamara Haegerich Wrote:
“Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have acknowledged that the agency’s methods for tracking overdose deaths are inaccurate and have significantly overestimated the number of Americans that have died due to prescription opioids.”
They added a disclaimer that their views “do not necessarily represent the official position” of the CDC.
(ATIP: Hard to believe CDC “officials” were not aware they were going to publish this.)
One suggestion by the authors is to amend – what they politely call “academic detailing” — the agency’s 2016 Opioid Prescribing Guideline, which claims that “from 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 persons died from overdose related to opioid pain medication.”
Here is the link to the article by the CDC researchers:
Published online: March 07, 2018.
From the original article: “However, with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF) likely being involved more recently, estimating prescription opioid-involved deaths with the inclusion of synthetic opioid-involved deaths could significantly inflate estimates.”
Also, “with the traditional method, an estimated 32,445 prescription opioid-involved deaths occurred in 2016. With the more conservative method (ATIP: more truthful) 17,087 prescription opioid-involved deaths occurred in 2016.”
Josh Bloom of the American Council on Science and Health has just written an article discussing this “new CDC admission.”
Dr. Bloom: “It should be entirely clear that pain patients who use these painkillers correctly and responsibly are not the people who are dying from overdoses.”
Even the CDC, in it’s very own Guideline, has acknowledged this.
“A recent study of patients aged 15-64 years receiving opioids for chronic non-cancer pain and followed for up to 13 years revealed that 1 in 550 patients died from opioid-related overdose at a median of 2.6 years from their first opioid prescription.” (Which is 0.2%)
The CDC also stated a study quoting “1 in 32 patients who escalated to opioid dosages greater than 200 MME died from opioid-related overdose” (Which is 3.1%) (2016 Opioid Prescribing Guidelines.)
ATIP: Pain patients on long term monitored opioid prescriptions are not the ones overdosing. All truths should be reported.
PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS ARTICLE TO ALL POLICYMAKERS, PHYSICIANS, PROVIDERS, PHARMACISTS, ETC.