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A company that sells a new opioid-addiction medication is a secret funder of an advocacy group fronted by Newt Gingrich and Patrick Kennedy that is pushing for more government funding and insurance coverage of such treatments.

Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker and a Trump confidant, and Kennedy, a former congressman and son of former US Senator Edward Kennedy, are paid advisors to Advocates for Opioid Recovery. They have generated a flurry of media attention in those roles, including joint interviews with outlets ranging from Fox News to the New Yorker.


Gingrich told STAT this week he didn’t know who was funding Advocates for Opioid Recovery, and the nonprofit group’s officials refused to disclose its financial backers.

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  • Absolutely disgusting but totally expected. If they want to save the addicts without making chronic pain patients suffer needlessly, they should make abuse resistant Pantopon vaporizers with serial numbers to discourage diversion and timer chips to control puff duration and frequency. If these were readily available to all, the opioid death toll would drop tremendously. Saving addicts lives while stopping chronic pain patients suffering. You would have to take the empty vape cartridge untampered with to Dr for verification AND then to pharmacist to be destroyed. Since it’s almost impossible to die from smoking opium because you fall asleep before getting fatal respiratory depression it could be set strong enough to get the addicts that buzz they are willing to risk death for but they wouldn’t die. Then the DEA, FDA and CDC couldn’t harass us and our doctors in the name of saving lives. And CPP suicides would all but stop. And the drug maker would reap billions with a clean conscious. Not that they have one.

    • Don’t u know,,,they want us CPP’s dead,,,we cost them money,,,according to them,,and w/all their new rules and laws,,For 10 years my doctor bill was 250.00 bucks,,,I paid it,,,my insurance company nothing,,Now w/all these FORCED apptments,pee test etc,,,it makes it look like we are $$$ drain…This is torture and genocide of the pre-existing ,chronic medically ill to save money.America’s bigots,the rich,,,have been allowed to put a price tag on human life,,to further THEIR MORALITIES,, A MENTAL HYGEIEN CLEANSING,Eugenics,,,,where the cripples are warehoused in Waverly again,,screaming out windows in FORCED PHYSICAL PAIN FROM DENIAL OF ACCESS TO MEDICINES TO EFFECTIVELY LESSEN THEIR PHYSICAL PAIN, and their leader,a psychiatrist AGAIN, is a guy named Mr.Klonodke,,,u know who I mean,,He and all the addiction warehouses’ are getting rich off of this false flag addiction b.s,,,,they have taken medicine back to the dark ages,,and ,”our” doctors have coward in corners to save their pocketbooks!!!! ,maryw

  • I’ve known this for a long time all ya need to do is Google the authors of the opioid guidelines then read what they sew experts in and what rehabs they are CEO of. Like i said many months ago i want to accuse and charge 4 of the 12 authors of domestic terrorism and crimes against humanity on the international level i just don’t know how to go about it physically speaking.

  • It is absolutely disgraceful that stat news does not allow this article to be read by the general public which is essentially limiting the distribution of this critical piece e=e of news to the communities that should be reading this very incriminating information on people who are deceiving the American people buy taking big pharma money for their support.

  • Less pharmaceuticals, more pharmaceuticals- whichever way, your ‘system’ of health insurance (rest of world doesn’t waste money on) and lobbyists is a murderous pointless game and you make us all play it! The unprecedented greed of Gilead, Merck etc with the new hepatitis C meds, has been successful this way too- anonymously funding advocate groups to take insurers to court and pay their extortionate prices. 5 million people have died while the cure exists- they are far more dangerous even than your military- and profit records smashed. Enough! I, and 1000’s of other,s saving our own lives importing generic hep C medication through buyers clubs like fixhepc and humanitarians like Greag Jefferys. Is legal, identical, fraction of price, please share- someone did and it saved my life. Ask or look it up.

  • I read with interest the statement: “And some addiction experts have expressed skepticism that the Braeburn implant will be an effective treatment option.” It was puzzling because implants or injectables eliminate the risk of diversion or accidental ingestion, ensure patient compliance and have shown to have a statistically significant benefit on the relapse rate over sublingual forms of buprenorphine.

    I believe the answer comes from Statnews shoddy reporting. Statnews published an article on probuphine in May of 2016 written by Rebecca Robbins, and quoted Dr. Carl “Rolly” Sullivan of West Virginia University with the following: “ ‘I just don’t see how this is going to help fight the opioid epidemic at all,’ said Dr. Carl “Rolly” Sullivan, director of addiction services at West Virginia University Medicine, in a region hard-hit by the opioid crisis.”

    This is the same Dr. Sullivan is a paid consultant for suboxone, a popular sublingual form of buprenorphine. The New York Times, when quoting him, saw fit to mention he had given over 75 talks on suboxone for $500 per “talk.”

    Fair enough that Braeburn is engaging lobbyists. But is Suboxone is using statnews free of charge?

  • jmo,,thank u for exposing more of our torture’s who think they have a rite to practice medicine w/out a liscence,,and a rite to willfully torture the physical ill w/painful medical conditions,,,jmo,,,maryw

  • Hmm … I have to wonder why the mainstream media has not picked this story up. Could it be that it doesn’t fit in with their usual propaganda of those “scary, evil prescription opioids?” Ironic they’ll pick up stories about pharm co that manufacture prescription opioids doing this same exact thing. (Purdue Pharm, anyone?)

    The sad thing is so many people continue to keep their heads in the sand when it comes to how many chronic pain patients who were once stable and functioning to the best of their ability on prescription opioids are being cut down or completely cut off through no fault of their own. This “war” on prescription opioids is hurting real people in real pain. Even more, it’s forcing some to take their own lives as they can no longer stand to live in severe pain. This isn’t just hurting those in pain but also harming their loved ones.

    Alcohol contributes to over 100,000 deaths while tobacco contributes to over 480,000 deaths each year in this country. Two legal substances with no medicinal value contributing to almost 600,000 deaths each year in this country and all we hear are *crickets.* Where’s the outrage for those 580,000 deaths? Where’s all the calls for even more restrictive regulations or outright bans for these two substances? Where’s all the elected bureaucrats trying to push bills that further restrict these two substances? The government wouldn’t dare further restrict or ban these two substances, as they are excellent forms of revenue for local, state and federal government(s).

    People, wake up and tell bureaucrats to get their noses out of your doctor’s office! One of these days it very well could be you needing medicinal pain control (stronger than mmj, which can help some in pain) in the form of a prescription opioid. That prescription opioid may mean the difference of some quality to your life as opposed to no quality to your life. Your future of severe pain is now in our elected bureaucrats’ hands. These are the same bureaucrats that have no license to practice medicine and have no idea to the amount of suffering you may be forced to endure.

    • I totally agree with you. I will never forget how a doctor made me feel when I needed vicoden for chronic pelvic pain. The pain lasted a year and a half before my hysterectomy performed by this same doctor. He was with a different insurance than the Dr who first prescribed the vicoden. I would cry at my appointments bcuz the pain was unbearable…. he told me to stop crying as that wasn’t going to work on him. I only needed a refill enough to cover the days before my surgery…FOUR days. A half hour before my surgery he told me to have the integrity to stop using vicoden afterwards, he didn’t want to see me in his department again…ob/gyn.. as he would see to it that none of his colleagues would prescribe any vicoden for me, he wrote in my medical records that I displayed drug seeking behavior and he also entered my name into a statewide data base of users of opiod based pain pills.

      The term gaslighting comes to mind…..he insisted so many times that I was addicted that I started questioning myself…”Am I addicted??”. I even looked up drug rehab programs before surgery. The pain went away after the hysterectomy. I had a great PCP who told me how to wean off vicoden in less than three months. I didn’t experience any withdrawals after completely stopping, I didn’t crave them, I didn’t need them, I didn’t miss them, I forgot all about them and went back to living my normal life. That was in 2012 and I haven’t had a pain so bad I needed vicoden since then. Not the usual behavior of an opiod addict….is it? It isn’t… bcuz I have never had an addictive personality. My doctor refused to believe me so instead he made me feel like a drug addict trying to force him to prescribe more. I so badly wanted to see him again and tell him he was wrong about me and I didn’t need a speech from him about my integrity!

      I hear about a lot of women with pelvic pain who are treated like drug adducts all over the country. I wish these doctors could be forced to feel the same pain as their patients….perhaps by being stabbed in the stomach bcuz that’s exactly how it feels…and then refuse them any relief with an opiod pain killer.

      I was told by one of his nurses that she never uses anything for pain…only natural remedies…bcuz that’s healthier. My response….Gee, I sure hope you never get cancer.

      Yes….the government is now in charge of our pain. They tell us what we can use and how long we can use it. Because they somehow magically know what kind of pain we each have and how we each tolerate that pain. If they say we can endure the pain with no help…we are forced to do just that.

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