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Okay. I'm officially confused. Doesn't anybody have any idea of how they want laws to protect themselves? Do you all think that all of this has nothing to do with any of you or is it because none of you live in Mass that you have no input or ideas? If that's the case then how would you want the laws in your own state to protect you?

Common. This is no time to be quite. This is very serious and effects potentially hundreds of thousands of people who are suffering. Don't you care? I don't understand the apathy here.
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Re: Attention residents of Massachusetts and concerned others
« Reply #1 on: 27/07/2013 23:57:18 »
I'm from Massachusetts. What laws in particular?

Could you be more specific about the hundreds of thousands of sufferers and the laws.
 

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Re: Attention residents of Massachusetts and concerned others
« Reply #2 on: 28/07/2013 01:55:13 »
I'm from Massachusetts. What laws in particular?

Could you be more specific about the hundreds of thousands of sufferers and the laws.
I'm sorry. I thought I was adding a uote when in actuality I overwrote the original post.

The bill is at https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H2002   and reads
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Section 1. Section 70E of Chapter 111 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding after subsection (o) the following new subsection:-

(p) to prompt assessment, management and treatment of his or her pain
It was proposed i concert with the Massachusetts Pain Initiative by a woman who lives with chronic pain and her support group. Doctors are udertreating pain in the Uniter States. Many times you'll see in the medical literature "Pain is woefully undertreated in the United States."  One reason is that doctors are too scared to prescribe for fear of being prosescuted and fearing that their patient will over dose or get addicted.

I recommend reading this page carefully first http://opioids.com/chronicpain/

It was written by a well respected pain specialist
by a woman
 

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Re: Attention residents of Massachusetts and concerned others
« Reply #3 on: 29/07/2013 00:23:52 »
There are pain management clinics that specialize in pain management.

I also know a guy with an opiate-addicted wife who orders her "meds" from 800 phone numbers. She calls them, talks over the phone to a doctor who then prescribes and issues her the meds and then bills her health insurance company.
 

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Re: Attention residents of Massachusetts and concerned others
« Reply #4 on: 29/07/2013 17:59:35 »
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There are pain management clinics that specialize in pain management.
Are there pain management clinics that don't specialize in pain management?

I think I understand the bill better now. The bill is to get those healthcare organizations on board who don't typically help their patients with pain such as nursing homes.

I just learned today that there is an organization in MA called the Office of Patient Protection. The website is at http://www.mass.gov/anf/budget-taxes-and-procurement/oversight-agencies/health-policy-commission/patient-protection/

One problem I faced and I want to make sure never happens to another patient is described here - http://home.comcast.net/~peter.m.brown/ref/er_nurse.htm

I don't know how to go about making sure that kind of thing doesn't go on in ERs. I also want to try to make sure that doctors don't slander patients like that have been doing with chronic pain patients. Right now a doctor can take gueeses as to why a patient is seeking help for pain and then if they don't believe he's in pain of seeks help too often they claim that he's a narcotics abuser. What do we do about that?
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Re: What laws are in place for pain control in Massachusetts?
« Reply #5 on: 30/07/2013 17:07:31 »
I just got off the phone with the hospital where that nurse tormented me. I spoke to the CEO. He informed me that they were going to sit down with the nurse and speak to her to make sure that what she did to me she'd never do to anyone else. Lying on a police report is a no-no and I won't tolerate that kind of thing. So I got some satisfaction but I had to stick with it. Remember the old saying - the only thing neccessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing!

I didn't do nothing. :)
 

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