We all know the issues going on today with opioid addiction. Many of you do not know the extent of the Joint Commission’s involvement and their connections to Big Pharma. From my blog entry about a WSJ article about 4 years ago:
The Joint Commission published a guide sponsored by Purdue Pharma. “Some clinicians have inaccurate and exaggerated concerns” about addiction, tolerance and risk of death, the guide said. “This attitude prevails despite the fact there is no evidence that addiction is a significant issue when persons are given opioids for pain control.”
I also believe that the famous pain scale with the cartoon faces on it was ALSO sponsored by Purdue. If I am wrong, please correct me.
I need help.
- Does anyone have that pain scale card that shows it was sponsored by Purdue Pharmaceuticals?
- Does anyone have the guide sponsored by the Joint Commission (JCAHO at that time) as mentioned in the WSJ article?
I personally believe that the Joint Commission or JCAHO should be called on this. Help me get them.