Understanding the New Opioid Law 2018

Understanding the New Opioid Law 2018

(Last Updated On: April 18, 2019)

By Sabrina

Understanding the New Opioid Law 2018!

This topic hits very close to home for me. If you have read my About Me page then you know about my chronic pain condition.New Opioid Law of 2018

Throughout this journey, I have been on both hydrocodone, oxycodone, tramadol to morphine (at my worst).

But I can gladly say, I have been able to get off all but one of these medications.

And hopefully soon, that one will be a thing of the past as well…  However, not everyone is so lucky. But, it doesn’t mean stop trying either…

Look at These Crazy Opioid Abuse Statistics!

Before I begin, I want to ‘set the stage’ so to speak. A lot of people wonder how this epidemic began. How did we or ‘they’ let this go on for so long that these drastic changes needed to be made?

In the late 90’s drug makers assured the prescribing doctors that patients could not become addicted to opioid pain medications.

Consequently, healthcare providers started writing prescriptions left and right not know what they were about to unleash.

As a matter of fact, due to high levels of misuse, it became apparent that these medications were highly addictive.

US timeline of Illicit opioid deaths
US Timeline of Illicit Opioid Deaths

This information is coming directly from the National Institute on Drug Abuse website – https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis#one if you would like more in-depth and detailed information…

It states this information has been revised as of March 2018. Four months ago.

Shocking…

  • In 2015, more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid
  • Roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them
  • Between 8 and 12 percent develop an opioid use disorder
  • An estimated 4 to 6 percent who misuse prescription opioids transition to heroin
  • About 80 percent of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids
  • Opioid overdoses increased 30 percent from July 2016 through September 2017 in 52 areas in 45 states
  • Opioid overdoses in large cities increased by 54 percent in 16 states
  • The increase in injection drug use has also contributed to the spread of infectious diseases including HIV and hepatitis C

Now I think these statistics are alarming. This is one of the reasons I started this blog. We need to know there are alternatives to these dangerous medications. It’s not easy. No one said it was going to be. But if I can do it, so can you 🙂

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Here we go again... Understanding the New Opioid Law 2018

I have been labeled as a Chronic Pain Patient now for 10+ years. Throughout these years, I have been treated by my physicians to be able to function at a level that allows me to take care of myself and my needs.

Even though I’m taking the CBD Oil and using multiple complementary therapies, I CBD Health Benefitsstill have this medication I just haven’t been able to shake yet. Ten plus years of being on this medication, the same routine. I’m now seeing what’s going on, and I think we all need some answers!

As of July 1st, 2018, a new law regarding the prescribing of opioids has gone effect. The passing of this law is going to affect hundreds of thousands of people with acute chronic illnesses, if not millions. I am only 1 in those Millions of people who are going to suffer due to this new law.

In 2016, the DEA strictly forced & strong-armed pain clinics to severely cut pain treatment to all patients on any type of opiate. It makes me wonder, has anyone stopped to think for one moment, that it would force legitimate sufferers like you and I into low-dose medications, or worse, not at all?

Has the CDC turned a blind eye to the most severely injured and disabled people? We have to endure the constant daily suffering of under-treatment and criticism. Just the way you want your doctor to make you feel after a major life incident like being crushed in a coal mine or mangled in a car wreck, like me?

To put it simply, the new law, HB 21, “governs the prescribing of controlled substances in Florida for the treatment of ‘chronic nonmalignant pain’. HB 21 amends this statue to add a NEW section governing the prescribing of controlled substances for the treatment of ‘acute pain’.” [1]acute pain crisis

Acute pain is described as pain that comes on suddenly or is caused by something specific that’s happened to you. Acute pain is considered not to last longer than 6 months.

Here are some causes of acute pain:

  • Broken bones
  • Cuts & Wounds
  • Burns
  • Dental Work
  • Surgery

The new law has set a limit on the number of opioids that can be prescribed for the treatment of acute pain. The prescription to treat acute pain cannot exceed a 3-day supply.

However, there are extenuating circumstances that you may be able to get a 7-day supply.

Of course, it’s all up to the prescriber.

In addition to the 3-7 limitations on the prescriptions, there will be more stringent guidelines for patient evaluation before anything can be prescribed.

Opioid Medication BottlesThere will be more consents to sign, of course, creation and maintenance of treatment plans, medical record reviews, periodic reviews of treatment plans and more…

So in other words, even if you are already an established patient, have a treatment plan that maybe you’ve been following for years, it may not matter. Depending on your doctor, and how long it’s been since you’ve had updated tests, you may have to go through it all over again. Not to just update your chart…

But I’m sure to prove you still need this treatment to the person who makes those decisions. Which we know is not you…

So what does this mean for you and me? As of right now I really don’t know. I am working through this process as we speak.

How many people with Chronic Pain that are now forced into no treatment… Were they also forced into self-medicating with street drugs? How many into suicide?

It’s devastating to think about…

Risks of opioid abuse

What you need to know ~ dangerous risk factors for opioid abuse

I think we are all on the same page here… Death is the number 1, numero uno reason there is a risk to abusing opioids.

When these medications are not taken as prescribed and become misused or abused, the chances of addiction increases.

The second reason is Addiction.  These medications are highly addictive. Opioids have been compared mostly to heroin or cocaine, or both.

This can and does ruin lives.

 

Risk factors for opioid abuse
Drug Abuse Targets The Brains Pleasure Center

Effects of Taking Long-Term Medications

As I’ve stated above, there are going to be a lot of people affected by this new law.

People who are reliant on certain medications may have a much harder time getting them. So we need to remember that there are alternative and complementary therapies that are available.

Most doctors prescribe painkillers, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressants for people with acute chronic pain that will help in many cases, although taking long-term prescription drugs can be dangerous.

These medications can cause chronic diseases such as kidney and liver disease just to name two. Then what will happen is your doctor will prescribe even more medications to help combat the side effects of the first medication.

Even though it’s already started destroying your body.  

Mixing Opiods With Other Substances
Teens Mixing Opiods With Other Substances

6 Well Known Alternative Treatments for Pain Management

Whether drugs are not effective or too expensive, or because they do not want to rely on drugs, more and more people are turning to complementary and alternative medicines for pain control.

Medication Bottles ClipartPain is a very common complaint in the middle of people who are looking for such alternative treatments. The following alternative drug treatments have been shown to help relieve the symptoms of pain.

Today, many people with chronic pain and fatigue are looking for alternative therapies or holistic care to help relieve pain. This can be very debilitating and draining.

Many people are now using alternative therapies to help them through this very difficult time in their lives and also find great relief.

1.) Massage:

Massage for RelaxationIt’s an excellent form of healing to reduce and relieve pain. The massage relaxes the body and also allows the body to release toxin accumulation from the body.

Heavily loaded muscles contribute to pain and discomfort. Reflexology, acupressure, acupuncture, and chiropractic treatments are also very useful in pain management…

 

2. Crystal Healing Stones:

These are very useful for solving energy crystal healing stonesblockages. They promote the cleaning and release of blockages in the body. Balancing the chakras using different colored crystal stones placed on the chakra or around the body helps align the body with the healing energy.

Crystal healing also allows the Aura to be healed and erased. It is assumed that physical illness begins in the aura and makes its way into the body.

 

3. Hands-on healing treatments:

Reiki Healing HandsBook a session with an energy healer. Reiki and other forms of energy healing are a great way to heal the body and Reiki are also known to relieve pain.

When the pain has become acute, the discomfort is at a deep level and it may be necessary to have more than one session, although most people feel the level of pain after 1 session.

Many people with acute or persistent pain often learn how to heal themselves with Reiki. Then they can do it as often as they want and when they need it.

 

4. Healing herbs and Natural Holistic plants:

These Herbs are also excelleHealing herbs and plantsnt for helping with chronic pain. Herbs are natural medicinal plants that help heal the body.

They can be applied to the body in the form of oils, balms, and more. Herbs are naturally digested through the skin or can be taken internally as supplements. Medicinal and Holistic plants can also be taken as an infusions of herbs.

As well as herbs supporting painful conditions. It can also help by reducing stress and anxiety. With stress comes tense muscles, causing increased pain. There are so many herbs out there that will relax the body.

 

5. Meditation and Breathing:

Meditation for Pain ReliefIs another powerful way to help manage acute pain. The slow process of gentle meditation for pain management has proven to help with pain by gently guiding the body to relax and release all tension and stress.

Using guided meditation every helpful to many people.

 

6. Self Hypnosis for Pain Management:

Self Hypnosis for Pain Relief

Is a powerful way to help calm your acute pain. When it comes to self-hypnosis the only limits are your own imagination.

Using self-hypnosis for pain management you can put yourself into a deep relaxation. They call it putting yourself in a trance. Through continuous practice, this hypnosis can help you increase the length of time that your pain relief lasts.

Please note that I am not a doctor.  Make sure to always speak to your doctor first before making any changes to your medications. It’s always best to be safe 🙂

My Conclusion on the New Opioid Law 2018

Many believe we may be on the right track with this new law. But they also fear that many people that are going to be affected are legitimate patients that need their medications on a long term basis. Will they still be able to get them?

Heart Beat of LifeWhat kind of new hoops are they going to have to crawl through to make it happen? And how much money will they have to spend to do it?

It’s time we start expanding our awareness of all natural, Mother-Earth compounds that have little to no side effects.  We also need to keep remembering that the body can’t live without the mind.  

In other words, we try and take care of our bodies with good nutrition, working out, supplements etc…  But we seem to forget to work on our minds as well.  I use Mindful meditation and CBD Oil everyday to help assist with my pain.  And I’m positive it can help you as well 🙂

I really hope you see the value in this information and try to either apply it to your life or maybe reach out to someone that needs your help.

What do you think about New Opioid Law? Do you agree with the new terms?  Do you think they are foolish? If so or if not, why?

I would love to hear any and all of your thoughts!

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6 thoughts on “Understanding the New Opioid Law 2018”

  1. Aww, it’s so sad to look at the statistics. My stand view is probably like yours – look for alternatives for opioids! I am not an expert in this area. Just wondering is it possible to use cannabis rather than opioids to treat pain? Are they equally addictive? I am living in the UK but I have heard that the US’s law is now less restrictive towards the use of cannabis. So, does everyone using opioids have the access to cannabis treatment?

    • Hello Crystal,

      The statistics when it comes to opioid abuse are shocking… Doctors have found that cannabis is a great way to treat pain, anxiety, depression, stress, and other chronic conditions. However, it is not available to everyone on opioids or all chronic pain patients. You first and foremost have to live in a state where Medical cannabis is available legally. Then you have to go to a local cannabis doctor who then decides if you qualify for a cannabis card. Once you get your card, then you have to go to only licensed shoppes to purchase your product.

      When it comes to addiction, I personally believe that opioids are the more addictive drug over cannabis. There is a lot of debate over whether cannabis is addictive or not, so it’s still hard to get a straight answer. From what I’ve read and from what i know is with opioids your body changes and it becomes addicted to the medication. Especially if you are on it long term. Once you try to get off, you get horrible withdrawal symptoms. With cannabis, they say it’s more mentally addicting. You can go without smoking and it really doesn’t affect you physically but, mentally… It could drive you crazy thinking about it.

      I hope this helps 🙂 Thank you so much for your comment. Please come back and sign up for my newsletter. You will be advised of any new posts.

  2. Hi Sabrina,
    It is an interesting topic. I live in Canada and marijuana was just legalized in here across the country.
    I do believe that certain patients need their drugs for pain control but I do also believe that we abuse a lot the drugs consumption. And your statistics prove it. And it is not that the patients are so bad in abusing it, but it is also doctors who sometimes are too lazy to look for the cause of pain and natural treatment and jump straight in prescribing heavy painkillers.
    I loved that you described a different method for pain management! And they do work!

    • Anna,

      Thank you for the wonderful comment 🙂

      Yes, I totally agree with you that most doctors are quick to jump the gun when it comes to prescribing medications for pain. Instead of doing the research and the testing to find the root cause instead of just putting a band-aid on the effect then we probably wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in today. I have done everything from massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy and the like. They all helped me. What I did wrong was stop instead of making them a habit in my life.

      When we have pain, we have to adapt our lives and be okay with the fact that this is how your life is now.

      Thank you again 🙂

  3. I have never had or tried Opioid or any of the likes but I have used CBD and I love it. It really works. I actually have a side CBD business I do and anyone can do it too and the best part is, it is FREE.!
    I used CBD for pain relief and I felt great and got a huge appetite.
    Although some argue that Opioid works, but the side effect alone and the mess is just unbearable.
    Thank you for throwing more light on this pandemic.

    • Edmond,

      Thank you for the comment! I have been on opioids for too long due to my chronic pain conditions. I’ve recently been able to get off one of them. I’m in the process of being able to lower the dosage of the other with the hopes of getting off of it in the near future. This of course, is because I started using CBD Oil. I take it in capsule form and I vape when I need something for break-through pain.

      I wish you luck in your journey!
      Sabrina

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