Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids:
Advocates for the Reform of Prescription Opioids is a bi-national organization in the U.S. and Canada, comprised of people who have been adversely affected by the consequences of the massive over-prescribing of prescription opioid pain pills, otherwise known as narcotics. We are bereaved parents, siblings and spouses, families of those suffering through an addiction, pain patients, doctors, and citizen advocates working toward more balanced care for patients who suffer from chronic pain, without causing harm to them and to the general public.
We will be engaging our government officials to legislate and fund the needed programs to address what the Centers for Disease Control has called a “public health crisis of epidemic proportion”. ARPO will work with key decision-makers in both Canada and the U.S. to end the current opioid health crisis by ensuring that opioids are used with care and selectivity, and only when all other options, as well as the known risks of opioids, have been fully considered, as indicated and supported by research.
Our website includes many links to recent medical research studies highlighting the growing tide against the nonselective use of opioids for chronic pain. These studies in medical journals have called into question the safety and efficacy of long-term use of prescription opioid narcotics.
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ARPO Sponsors Video on OxyContin “Poster Children”
by PJACKSON on SEPTEMBER 9, 2012
This video features two patients who were once used by Purdue Pharma as OxyContin “success stories” in a promotional video. The video follows up on these patients to see how things turned out several years later.
I am sharing the video they link to; please visit their website and read the rest of the blog post here.
Published on Sep 9, 2012 by OpioidAwareness
This video tells the story of two chronic pain patients who were treated with OxyContin. They served as model patients in videos produced by Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin. At first, OxyContin worked well for them. But eventually they were seriously harmed by the medication.