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Here’s the real reason why the Feds are fighting painkiller reform

You’d think they’d just asked Americans to give up baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie.

But all the CDC did was say, enough’s enough, it’s time to cut back on opioids.

After all, in this country, someone drops dead of an opioid overdose every 30 minutes — and more than 1,000 Americans are rushed to the ER every single day because of the drugs.

Yet the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, a federal panel that’s part of the National Institutes of Health, immediately attacked the plan, calling it “ridiculous,” “horrible,” and “shortsighted.”

This panel bullied the CDC so completely that the agency took back its new guidelines and went into hiding on the subject.

Well, my friend, this committee isn’t what it seems.

It’s SUPPOSED to be an independent body that advocates for patients battling chronic pain and sets research priorities.

Turns out it’s about as independent as East Germany — it’s a client state of Big Pharma, with five key members of the panel collecting cash and prizes from the industry.

One of them, Duke University’s Dr. Richard Payne, had the nerve to accuse the CDC of having hidden conflicts of interest… when it turns out he was hiding HIS OWN conflict: nearly $9,000 in speaking fees, meals, and travel from a company that makes opioid painkillers.

You just can’t make this stuff up!

At least three of the panelists belong to organizations that are supposed to advocate for patients… but all three of those organizations collect money from Big Pharma. Purdue, maker of SIX different opioid products including OxyContin, gives to all three.

Sounds to me like this panel works about as well as the rest of the federal government… which is not at all!

If you’re fighting a battle with chronic pain, don’t turn to opioids and wind up in the ER…or, worst yet, the grave.

And if you’re on them, find a way off.

You won’t get real solutions from a pill-pushing mainstream hack who operates under the influence of organizations such as the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee — but you will get them from a skilled naturopath.

I recommend an experienced member of the American College for Advancement in Medicine

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