Australia Begins Setting Up Patient Aftercare Programs To Combat The Opioid Epidemic.


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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) is urging medical practitioners in Australia to reevaluate how opioid therapy is presently administered.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 2016-2017 figures, more than three million individuals receive at least one opioid prescription each year. While opioids are helpful in relieving pain, long-term usage can result in significant adverse effects such as addiction and unintentional overdose.

The ACSQHC has released the Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard, which outlines how emergency and surgery aftercare personnel should utilize opioids. The new guideline encourages clinicians to utilize non-opioid pain relievers wherever feasible and to set up an aftercare program to help patients wean themselves off opioids.

Anne Duggan, Honorary Professor at the University of Newcastle and ACSQHC Chief Medical Officer, stated in a commission press release that existing opioid therapies lack patient aftercare.

She stated, “Opioid analgesics are extraordinarily efficient in delivering pain relief for severe acute pain.” “However, we must keep in mind that these medications might have serious side effects and put individuals in danger once they leave the hospital.”

“In order to limit the harms associated with incorrect medication and avoid short-term use becoming a long-term problem, we need to fine-tune our prescribing and use of opioid analgesics for acute pain.”

According to Duggan, striking a balance between avoiding overuse of opioids and providing adequate pain treatment to prevent people from suffering unnecessarily is difficult.

“When patients are discharged from the hospital, it is vital that there is a talk with them and a clear medication management plan to wean them off opioids,” she added.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists describes opioids as medications that bind to a responsive protein on nerve cells, preventing pain sensations from reaching the brain via the spinal cord. Opioids include fentanyl, codeine, tramadol, morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, buprenorphine, and tapentadol, which are available under a variety of names.

Dr Jennifer Stevens, Anaesthetist and Pain Management Specialist at St Vincent’s Hospitals Sydney, and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of New South Wales, remarked that Australia’s opioid prescriptions are diverse. By establishing rules for prescribing parties, Stevens claims that the new standard would ensure that every patient receives safe, evidence-based, and effective opioid prescriptions.

“Doctors have a ‘opioid-first’ tendency that they need to break,” Stevens added.

“For mild to moderate pain, the clinical care standard supports the use of basic analgesics like paracetamol and anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as non-medication approaches,” Stevens stated.

“The guideline suggests prudent opioid usage for severe acute pain,” the doctor said.

The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA) conducted a countrywide anonymous online survey of hospital pharmacists in May 2018 that revealed this ‘opioid-first’ trend. The study included 135 public and private hospitals and was designed for Directors of Pharmacy or their delegates who are normally in charge of pharmacy policy, procedure, and hospital practice.

According to the poll, 70% of pharmacists would send surgical patients home with opioids even if they had not needed them during the 48-hour period leading up to their release “just in case.”

Furthermore, survey responses revealed that the amount of opioids administered is determined not only by the patient, but also by the physician and, on occasion, the pharmacist’s confidence.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 2017-2018 data, approximately 2.5 million procedures are performed in Australia each year.

Many other European and Asian countries, according to Stevens, rely on opioids for their first-line pain treatment prescription far less than Australia, but show no indication of worse pain outcomes.

Dr. Andrew Sefton, an orthopaedic surgeon at Dubbo Base Hospital NSW and North Shore Private Hospital Sydney, says prescribing clinicians should think about how and when opioid therapy will stop.

“It may be quick and simple to offer a repeat on an opioid prescription when a patient is in pain,” Sefton said, “but we must consider the particular patient to ensure the benefit exceeds the hazards.”

“The clinical care standard emphasizes the need of communication and planning for opioid cessation to facilitate the transition of care into the community.”

“A realistic method to work collaboratively is to provide the patient’s GP with a plan indicating the projected length of opioid usage and the amount of opioids administered,” he added.

The ACSQHC, according to Duggan, expects that the new guideline would make Australia more mindful of how opioids are used in hospitals, ensuring the safety of recuperating patients when they return to community activities.

“It’s strange that a prescription meant to relieve pain for patients may cause long-term agony for someone who becomes a chronic user of opioid analgesics after they leave the hospital,” she concluded.

The ACSQHC should be emphasized that it is not alone in the fight against Australia’s opioid addiction. Since 2018, the Therapeutic Goods Administration has been implementing regulatory changes to reduce improper prescription of the medicine.

So far, the reform has included reducing the pack sizes of immediate-release opioids and modifying the drugs’ listings on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, a list of government-subsidized pharmaceuticals, in June 2020.

According to data, the administration’s reform was effective in reducing opioid use, implying that the new standard, which follows a similar method, could help Australia cut opioid usage even more.

When talking about big pharma, it’s important to understand that there are lots of doctors out there that are trying their best to perform at their job and aren’t wholly to blame for epidemics such as these. When concluding that it’s a bad idea to discontinue the administering of opioids, you have to wonder why the country that is mass producing these addictive substances is failing to provide patient aftercare in hopes of preventing drug epidemics. It’s about time that people act responsibly and warn people of the dangers associated with pain relief of this magnitude. The same applies to the individual being prescribed the medication. If you feel like you need these addictive substances to relieve your pain after a surgery or what have you, it is up to you to be a responsible individual and to choose self preservation over self destruction. We all know right from wrong.

No one man can make sense of this elaborate illusion cast over the common man of society, but collectively we can point out each limitation forced upon us and bring it forward as an injustice to the public. In Matthew 10:34 Jesus says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” We’re meant to go down preaching the gospel and guiding others to salvation. This could be considered the bravest task a man or woman of faith could undertake, but make no mistake it will bear fruit in the kingdom of heaven. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) has demanded information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concerning the agency’s efforts to track Americans using mobile phone location data during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Johnson questioned the CDC’s purported use of location data in a May 5 letter to Director Rochelle Walensky, demanding answers as to why it was approved and whether it is still going on.

“It’s unclear why the CDC followed millions of Americans throughout the outbreak, or whether it still does.” “Rather of observing Americans’ daily lives, the CDC should have prioritized the development of therapies, effective diagnostics, and vaccination safety in response to COVID-19,” Johnson said.

Requests for comment to the CDC have gone unanswered.

According to a report by Vice News, the CDC got one year of location data “from at least 20 million active cellphone users every day,” using agency papers obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

According to the papers, the CDC’s possible applications for the SafeGraph data included analyzing the patterns of individuals attending primary schools, investigating how curfews and border restrictions restricted travel, and evaluating the success of measures on the Navajo Nation.

They also revealed that the CDC planned to utilize the information for purposes other than COVID-19, such as tracking “population movement before, during, and after natural catastrophes.”

The CDC paid SafeGraph $420,000 according to a contract authorized on April 16, 2021.

SafeGraph is “creating a firm that is strictly focused on making data an open platform for everybody,” according to its website, and stores information such as points of interest, geographic hierarchy metadata, foot traffic statistics, purchasing habits, and more.

SafeGraph previously sent the data to the CDC and other groups for free, claiming it wished to “address the coronavirus’s effect.” The CDC claimed in a blog post that it was using the information to “better understand where COVID-19 has the greatest potential to spread by assessing foot traffic to businesses as a way of detecting whether or not social distancing measures are being respected at the neighborhood level.”

A number of studies analyzing the data were released by the CDC, including one that revealed that lockdown orders were connected to reduced population movement.

Johnson asked the CDC for answers to questions such as whether its use of location data was the only mechanism used to monitor Americans during the pandemic, who at the CDC approved the use and purchase of location data, and the names of the companies that supply the agency with location data in order to better understand why the CDC purchased such data and what it planned to do with it.

The senator also requested information from the CDC on when such firms began supplying data and how much it cost.

Finally, he requested that they submit documents of their dealings with SafeGraph and other location data businesses, as well as copies any CDC studies or publications based on the data they received.

He went on to say, “Did the CDC exchange location data with other federal, state, and local agencies?” “If so, please specify which entities got the data and why.”

Johnson, who chairs the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, demanded that the agency provide the needed information and documentation by May 19.

The Epoch Times has requested information about the CDC’s anticipated and actual usage of the SafeGraph data, as well as details on its contracts with a similar firm named Cubeiq, under the Freedom of Information Act.

It’s interesting watching the CDC conduct pseudo-technocratic lab rat experiments on millions of people. Whilst in present day you see central banks across the world quickly building the infrastructure to implement a Central Bank Digital Currency for their own respective nations. It makes one wonder, how close of a look will they be taking at our transactions and GPS locations during the next “unexpected” global catastrophe? If they build the technological infrastructure to subdue society by means of controlling how much food you’re allowed to purchase for the month, where you can and cant go, what you can and cant say, it WILL result in misuse and mass persecution.

No one man can make sense of this elaborate illusion cast over the common man of society, but collectively we can point out each limitation forced upon us and bring it forward as an injustice to the public. In Matthew 10:34 Jesus says: “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.” We’re meant to go down preaching the gospel and guiding others to salvation. This could be considered the bravest task a man or woman of faith could undertake, but make no mistake it will bear fruit in the kingdom of heaven. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.


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