Deadly Regulatory SNAFU Hinders Effective Medical Treatment for Pain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 64,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2016. Since 1999, the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled.

Now that president Trump has presented his plan to cut painkiller prescriptions by one-third, an obscure, “swamp-born” regulatory policy needs to be scrapped.

The regulation stipulates that before an old, previously approved generic medication or herbal remedy can be promoted for use to treat another illness, it has to go through an FDA approval process that costs an estimated $40-80 million. Because of this, no generic drug has ever been approved for a new indication, i.e., without modifying the drug’s delivery system or dose, which would provide renewed patent protection.1

“This is in spite of the fact that the medication or botanical has already been approved as safe in the past,” says board certified internist and pain expert Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. “Simply put, if a treatment is no longer patentable, it’s economically impossible to put through the regulatory process. It’s also illegal for any company with a potential financial gain to even discuss the research on these treatments,” he explains.

According to Dr. Teitelbaum, a regulatory “catch-22” of this kind should never be allowed to obstruct pain relief for millions. It also prevents any low-cost treatment from being approved in the U.S., with new treatments costing approximately 2.6 – $2.9 billion to go through the approval process. Although Congress meant for these laws to protect the public, they are instead contributing to well over 50,000 preventable deaths a year.

“It’s time for Congress to correct this deadly glitch in the regulatory system,” says Dr. Teitelbaum. “Simply allowing pharmaceutical and natural product companies to discuss research on effective treatments without running through a regulatory gauntlet that costs $80 million per treatment, could save tens of thousands of lives. It is time for this to happen – now!”

So what are your thoughts on this? Can you think of a better solution? What needs to be done?

Death Penalty Part of Trump’s Opioid Trafficking Plan

President Donald Trump’s plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it’s appropriate under current law.

Administration officials say Trump also wants Congress to pass legislation reducing the amount of drugs necessary to trigger mandatory minimum sentences on traffickers who knowingly distribute certain illicit opioids.

The president is scheduled to unveil his plan Monday in New Hampshire, a state hard-hit by the crisis. He’ll be accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, who has shown an interest in the issue, particularly as it pertains to children.

Trump has mused openly in recent weeks about subjecting drug dealers to the “ultimate penalty.”

His three-part plan includes multiple steps to raise awareness, cut the illicit drug flow and expand proven treatment options.

Opioids Don’t Provide More Benefits Than Safer Nonopioid Drugs for Relieving Pain

A new JAMA study has shown that opioid drugs traditionally used as the first-line treatment for moderate to severe chronic back pain and arthritic knee or hip pain were no more effective than safer over-the-counter medications.

The year-long SPACE randomized clinical trial comes at a critical time in our national war against opioid addiction which claimed 64,000 lives from drug overdoses in 2016 alone—more than three times the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in 1999.

“While opioids are no better as a first choice treatment for back pain and arthritis, we can’t ignore the toxicity of nonopioid NSAIDs used in the study,” says board certified internist and pain expert Jacob Teitelbaum, MD.  According to Dr. Teitelbaum, natural options are safer and often more effective for treating chronic pain conditions.

His landmark research published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (8:2,2001) showed that an integrative approach to treating fibromyalgia pain produced a 91 percent improvement in quality of life among 90 percent of subjects.

“The issue is not whether narcotics have a role. Of course they do, viz., for post-op, post-injury, and in cancer,” he says. “The question that needs to be asked—and isn’t—is how to use the broad mix of natural and pharmaceutical options most effectively and safely. A prudent integrated approach allows narcotics to be used properly, much less often, and much more safely.”

“It’s when other treatments don’t work, and for other kinds of pain that respond poorly to NSAIDs, that narcotics, used properly, can be a lifesaver…But we need to also consider the many natural and holistic treatments that have been found to work effectively for pain. This is an egregiously overlooked area that could be the lynchpin for solving the national opioid crisis.”

Dr. Teitelbaum is author of the perennial bestseller From Fatigued to Fantastic!, and Pain Free 1-2-3, and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. 

For more information on effective integrative approaches for treating pain, visit

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Fentanyl Facts

What you need to know about this dangerous drug

If you’ve been keeping up with opioid-related news, then no doubt you’ve heard about fentanyl.

This potent painkiller is linked to tens of thousands of deaths every year, including the recent high-profile deaths of both Prince and Tom Petty, And while it has the high potential to be abused, you can still get it with a prescription.

Fentanyl is a narcotic and synthetic opioid that’s used to treat severe pain. It’s similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent, Fentanyl is prescribed under the brand names Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze but can also show up on the street under names like Apache and China Girl.

Fentanyl is classified by the FDA as a Schedule II drug, which means it has a high potential for abuse and can lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. (Methadone and oxycodone are also Schedule II drugs.)

In 2015, the DEA issued a nationwide alert about fentanyl, warning that overdoses related to the drug are happening at an “alarming rate” around the country.

But again, people can obtain a prescription for it. Fentanyl is usually available in several different forms by prescription: a duragesic patch, a lollipop, a dissolvable pill you put under your tongue, and a nasal spray,’ remarks Andrew Kolodny, MD, director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing.

Petty’s family said in a statement on his website that the rocker was using prescription fentanyl patches to treat pain from a fractured hip when he died. According to the Mayo Clinic, these patches are often used for “severe chronic pain when around-the-clock pain relief is needed for a long period of time.” With the patch, fentanyl is administered more slowly to someone than a pill or nasal spray to minimize the overdose risk — but it doesn’t totally eliminate it, says James J. Galligan, PhD, a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and director of the neuroscience program at Michigan State University.

Fentanyl isn’t typically a first line of defense for pain — it’s usually used to treat pain only after the patient used other opiate drugs like oxycodone and no longer has pain relief from it after building up a tolerance, Galligan says. “Fentanyl is one of the most potent narcotic medications available,” Chris Wolf, DO, a sports medicine and regenerative orthopedic specialist at Bluetail Medical Group in Chesterfield, Mo., comments. “It’s typically utilized for patients who have some form of pain that we can’t treat any other way.”

Unfortunately, some doctors have become liberal with their fentanyl prescriptions. Fentanyl was originally designed to be used in the operating room by anesthesiologists, taken for a few days after major surgery or a serious accident, or for end of life pain relief, However, some doctors are prescribing it for anyone with long-term pain, which is dangerous.

It’s important to know that if you’re taking fentanyl and you need to or are ready to come off of it, you’ll need to taper off, states Will Chan, MD, an assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. “If you don’t, you’ll start having withdrawal symptoms,” he says. “Your doctor should have a plan for helping you to taper off of it, but if not, ask. Just don’t abruptly take yourself off of the medication or you could get so sick you’ll end up in the ER,” Kolodny says.

If used according to the doctor’s prescription and guidance, the dangers of using fentanyl are lower. However, because fentanyl is so potent, the patient must strictly follow the doctor’s orders and instructions.

I’ve taken fentanyl before when it was prescribed to me for my chronic migraines several years ago.  I accidentally took too much, and felt very high from it. At the end of the day, I think I’d rather go with another med or method to ease my pain. I would be afraid to take fentanyl again, even in small doses. It’s just too damn strong, much too dangerous.



He Didn’t Get Lucky, Babe: Tom Petty’s Overdose on Opioids


First  Prince, and now Tom Petty…fentanyl played a major role in BOTH of these deaths. 50 times more potent than heroine, it is a medication to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately, it is easy to overdose on these dangerous painkillers.

Emphysema, knee problems and a fractured hip—that’s what lead to Tom Petty’s untimely demise. At age 66, Tom Petty recently passed away and the autopsy results are in. They show the rocker dies from an accidental drug overdose of opioids as a result of taking a variety of medications.

The L.A. County Coroner says a number of Tom’s organs failed due to “mixed drug toxicity.”  Tom’s autopsy report shows the singer was on several pain meds, including opioids including three different types of fentanyl. He was on fentanyl patches, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and even despropionyl fentanyl.

The autopsy report says when paramedics arrived he was in full cardiac arrest, but CPR revived him, however on the way to the hospital he lost pulse for 20 minutes. He went into cardiac arrest a second time in the hospital and died 21 hours after being admitted.

The family says the linchpin to Tom’s overdose was the fractured hip.  He stubbornly insisted on touring for 53 concert dates with the condition, which worsened over time and caused him to take the meds. On the date he died he was told the hip had graduated to a full-on break that made the pain unbearable and may have caused the overdose of pain meds.

Tom Petty is a real rock and roll legend whose music lives on for the enjoyment of generations here and now and in the future.


Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency and Jacob Teitelbaum, MD., Responds

President Trump is officially declaring the opioid crisis a “national emergency”—an act usually reserved for natural disasters, mass infectious disease outbreaks, and terrorist attacks. This announcement—the first of its kind—underscores the magnitude of the crisis. The amount of prescription opioids legally sold almost quadrupled from 1999 to 2010. The leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. today is from drug overdose—virtually all involving an opioid.

Harvard University health economists put the price tag for necessary services to combat the growing opioid problem at roughly $190 billion over 10 years.

Logistically, the President could use the Stafford Act to cut through regulatory red tape and make funds available through, for example, FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund. The other route would be to apply the Public Health Service Act to make naloxone treatment more readily available to those hooked on pain killers—even in rural communities. Plans also include strengthening law enforcement.

However, the underlying cause, which seems to be missing from the emergency equation, is our national pain crisis. One in three Americans suffers from chronic pain.

“In addition to the interdiction arm for dealing with medications finding their way onto the street, it’s also critical that we protect the one out of three Americans dealing with pain,” says board certified internist Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. “Fortunately, effective, new methods for pain management offer relief without the need for narcotics.”

According to Dr. Teitelbaum, medicine is starting to understand that pain is not an outside invader, but rather it is like the oil light on a car’s dashboard, telling us that something needs attention.

“By using the entire healthcare toolkit—not just medications and surgery—pain can be much more effectively treated. This way, we can stem the flow of narcotics contributing to the 64,000 overdose deaths yearly, while still making sure that people in pain get pain-free.”

Dr. Teitelbaum’s published research has shown that pain does go away when the body gets what it needs. Using the devastating body-wide pain of fibromyalgia as a model, his S.H.I.N.E.®  protocol was found to provide dramatic pain relief in 90 percent of subjects. The majority of people in the study (Journal of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, 8:2,2001), no longer exhibited symptoms of fibromyalgia after three months.

Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the world’s leading researchers on narcotic-free pain relief. He is the lead researcher on four published studies showing effective integrative treatments for pain and chronic fatigue without narcotics. He’s the author of seven popular books on the subject. He also was on the other side of the white coat, when fibromyalgia knocked him out of medical school and left him homeless for a year. For more information on Dr. Teitelbaum’s work, visit 


Ease Opioid Withdrawals With This Super Herb

Throughout time, Ashwagandha has been known to block some of the effects of morphine on the brain and increase GABA neurotransmitter levels to lower the anxiety that one experiences during opioid withdrawals. It is as effective as diazepam, a common medicine, in treating withdrawal symptoms.

Ashwagandha For Opioid Addiction

Addiction often leads to medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, and mental disorders. Some pain meds may even damage your nerve cells.

Your body has some natural opioid-like substances, or substances that give you a feeling of pain relief and happiness, and act like neurotransmitters. These neurotransmitters, such as endorphin and enkephalin, and other mood-enhancing neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, are released by your brain when you experience pleasure.

Addictive substances like opioids either imitate these neurotransmitters, or cause an increased flow of them in the brain, or block other neurotransmitters like GABA, to give you a feeling of euphoria. And when these substances are used, you go from merely liking the substance to craving it fiercely.

If you are an addict, you will find it difficult to stop the behavior and exhibit telltale symptoms of addiction when access to the pain meds are withdrawn. These symptoms are collectively called withdrawal symptoms and include:

  • Craving for the substance
  • Increased appetite or weight gain
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability, nausea, headache
  • Severe anxiety and depression
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • irritability

In one study, rats were given a methanolic extract of ashwagandha before they were given morphine, a common drug often found in painkillers.

Usually, in such experiments, when an animal is addicted to a certain drug, it chooses a place that is associated with the drug rather than the place where it has been given just the drug vehicle, that is the solvent minus the drug. This is called conditioned place preference. In this case, however, the rats showed no place preference. The researchers claimed that ashwagandha has some effect on the GABA and opioid receptors in the brain and can block some of the effects of morphine.

Ashwagandha is a safe and reliable alternative to medicines like diazepam in treating opioid withdrawal symptoms. This herb has a calming, mood-balancing effect.

Ashwagandha helps produce anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant, and muscle-relaxant effects by controlling the nerve cells that fire in the brain. It helps your brain and nerves function better while recovering from addiction to painkillers.

You know that addiction affects the brain. So ashwagandha can be a supplement to enhance brain health and function because research has found that the bioactive compounds derived from ashwagandha leaves have the potential to help nerve structure and function and may serve as a supplement for brain health.

Seriously consider taking super-herb ashwagandha in capsule, tincture or tea form as it is shown to improve and lessen the effects of opioid withdrawals.



Suboxone or Subutex for Opioid Addiction Recovery: The Controversy

The controversy of Mediation Assisted Treatment (MAT) may have crossed your mind recently, with all the information on MAT being covered in national news stories.  Usually, it can take many exposures to treatment, medications, lifestyle changes and family support to manage an opioid addiction.

Recovery is different for each person undergoing treatment. Some use Subutex or Suboxone as part of their addiction recovery treatment program.

Suboxone (a brand name for Buprenorphine) and other forms of medication-assisted treatment, like methadone and Vivitrol (a brand name for Naltrexone), is highly supported by medical and behavioral health groups. These include the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the National Council of Behavioral Health and the U.S. Surgeon General as well as many treatment centers and support groups.

A person who takes these medications as directed under the care of a physician is like a patient who takes medication to treat any other disease. When used in conjunction with comprehensive therapy and support groups or other forms of treatment, MAT increases the rate of success.

It can be confusing that while MAT can help your recovery, it’s still controversial. MAT is controversial because some treatment programs and support groups define “success” as total abstinence from these medications. While this may be a realistic approach and a goal for some, many people, especially those who have struggled with heroin and other opioids, need medication as part of a comprehensive recovery plan.

Ironically enough, in order to get fully opioid-free, you must STILL undergo a withdrawal process when you discontinue the use of Suboxone or Subutex.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you contributing to society in some way by attending school, volunteering or working?
  • How are is your current lifestyle and what are your habits in general? Are you taking better care of yourself?
  • Are you attending support group meetings or getting some form of ongoing support or counseling?

If you are no longer misusing the substance that was getting you into chronic trouble and threatening your health and your life, then perhaps you will decide that Suboxone or Subutex will help to enable you to function normally again.

At the end of the day, “recovery” is a subjective term. It means something different for each and every person. Find others whom are supportive of MAT. Talk with them regularly and support one another. In the meantime, treat the opinions of others lightly and rely on your own instincts when it comes to your life or the life of your loved ones.

At ADDICTION PRESCRIPTION, we have formulated a way to get off all ALL opioids without many of the horrific withdrawals that come with addiction. We are here to help you transition from Subutex and Suboxone to a life full of health and wellness from opioid addiction. The Reichert Regimen is a system that includes coaching, phone consultations, over the counter meds, non-opioid prescription meds, holistic therapies, supplements, exercise and more.

We are not doctors, we are recovered chronic pain patients on a mission to help others reach sobriety.  Be sure to contact a medical professional before undergoing any type of addiction treatment.

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