PAIN WARRIORS (*formerly Pandemic of Denial) is a new feature length documentary, currently in production that tackles the other side of the OPIOID CRISIS ~ that of under treated pain patients and the slow death of compassion that surrounds them.
As a result, there have been a burgeoning number of suicides in the international pain community in recent months.
Both Doctors and patients alike suffer~ when a "one size fits all" political strategy is implemented to end overdose deaths and addiction, without foresight to what happens on the other side of the equation.
Addiction and overdose deaths are serious issues that warrant being faced head on. Equally important, but not addressed thus far, are the lives of abandoned pain patients and the doctors treating them, left with limited options.
Legitimate , responsible patients are being denied treatments that in many cases, have been their only lifeline to some small moments of function and dignity in an otherwise bleak future.
Intractable pain is usually a life- long condition. There are no known cures for many chronic pain conditions that cause severe loss of function, loss of jobs, community and dignity.
Alternative therapies and medicines ( including Cannabis ) are usually not covered by insurers.
Chronic pain has the potential to become epidemic in proportion in our lifetime. Without timely education, strategies for treatment and financial planning for the millions who currently suffer from this disease, the cost to society has risen to billions annually, in both Canada & the USA.
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