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"Everyone is going to be anti-opioid these days—until they have a car crash that breaks their pelvis, or a loved one gets cancer."

- Michael C. Barnes, CUSP Chairman


NC Medical Board Leaves Patients in Limbo

February 22, 2020

CUSP’s chairman discusses the fallout from a North Carolina prescriber being told to surrender his DEA license.

Experts Side with DEA on Opioid Quota Issue

January 20, 2020
Policymakers have been calling for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to reduce the number of opioids produced each year. Policy Manager Christopher Piemonte writes that experts in policy, pain, and law enforcement are all aligned in their belief that this strategy will be ineffective and that to continue to suggest it indicates a lack of education on the part of the policymakers.

Big Business, Congress Focus on Drugs

December 12, 2019

CUSP’s chairman discusses a major U.S. retailer’s theory that a rise in thefts may be attributed to the drug abuse crisis. He also discusses the proposed drug pricing bill before Congress.

“Not all health care professionals subject to the DOJ’s searches and seizures are ‘dirty docs.’ In fact, some of them are nationally recognized leaders not just in pain management, but also in addiction medicine”

A More Sensible Surge: Ending DOJ's Indiscriminate Raids of Healthcare Providers
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CUSP Chairman @MCBtweets contributed to this piece from Pat Anson at @PainNewsNetwork on orphaned patients in North Carolina. This tragic story highlights a major problem with this age of aggressive #enforcement actions - #patients must always come first. http://ow.ly/T9Ak50yvv5r

Louisiana introduces a first-of-its-kind Opioid Mobile Outreach Team to provide support and services to people suffering from #opioid #addiction https://bit.ly/31lFhvO

Unsurprising that we can count @LynnRWebsterMD among the experts who agree that #opioid quotas are not the answer. For more on why #quotas are so dangerous, check out our article published last month by @PainNewsNetwork here: https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2020/1/20/public-officials-ignorant-about-overdose-crisis

We are pleased to see that @samhsagov agrees with our belief that #incarceration should not be a barrier to adequate #mentalhealth treatment. Our 'Finding The Me In Treatment' initiative highlights the need for individualized care in every setting.

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