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WASHINGTON — The American Medical Association is opposing a change to patient privacy laws that would allow doctors to more freely share information about a patient’s history of substance use, a proposal that has divided the health care community and highlighted some of the challenges of addressing the opioid epidemic.

In a letter to lawmakers obtained by STAT, the AMA said it believed there was a “fundamental misunderstanding” among groups working to incorporate the proposal into a sprawling opioids bill. Relaxing restrictions on patient privacy, the AMA wrote, could prevent individuals with addiction from seeking medical treatment in the first place.

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  • I never believed that there is an “opioid crises”. It’s interesting that the non-stop broadcasting on this topic makes the Real Pandemic of Lyme and related infectious disease pale in comparison. Another serious health and environmental disaster being kept from public awareness is the irreversible damage being done to All mamals, insects, and essential vegetation as a direct result of deadly EMFs whose damage is documented fact- prior to the 5G rollout. For the EU to announce that 30 percent of the population will die of heart rythm problems is beyond Comprehension. Jan 12th, 2017 edition of the Ecologist report from Poland documents researchers analysis from Multiple fields including the damage to the opiate centers of children’s brains from exposure to these unregulated EMFs. The WHO is backtracking on former analysis which labeled very low Exposures to microwave and Nonionising EMF radiation as possible Carcinogens, (now 70,000 times higher in some locations). News Reports from all over the US have been abruptly silenced. In terms of accidents, and aquired Human diseases, No one should be denied Humane And Appropriate Pain relief. We are Humans, Not Cyborgs. For as Awe inspiring as Technology has revealed Itself to be, unfortunately man’s primitive need to control, transform, and eliminate whatever a few find unworthy will account for the destruction of the earth as we know it. The Human Heart has more nerve-endings than the Human Brain. The Torture Being inflicted on living creatures in pain is unacceptable and inexcusable.

  • The AMA is stuck in and furthering the dogma of addiction. This move pushes a failed social support model as “treatment” of a public HEALTH emergency. Shameful that our top docs have no interest in evidence based treatment, inclusion rather than exclusion, and continuing obstruct application of a public health treatment model on a public health emergency.

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