Welcome to the “AMERICAN AGONY” Blog Tour @BorelMedWriter @4WillsPub

Am_Agony_Blog_Tour_PlacardPlease welcome my guest Helen Borel today with her enlightening book.

I truly appreciate my host for allowing me to introduce my new book, American AGONY: The Opioid War Against Patients in Pain, published by Fresh Ink Group. 

I wrote it in six tightly focused months because I felt compelled to follow up swiftly on the true-life horror stories increasingly reported on social media, on medical websites, and in personal communications from suffering and dying patients, victims of federal heavy-handed restrictions on prescription opioids.

Regarding the ethical treatment of patients in pain, America has arrived at an impasse.  Increasingly, patients with chronic incurable pain from various injuries, surgeries, and genetic conditions are having their years, and even decades, of well-working prescription narcotics being tapered to ineffective lower-dose levels or being suddenly cold-turkeyed altogether.  Results?  Severe 24/7 suffering of millions, suicides of thousands. This national outrage is caused by ignorant, non-medical bureaucrats running the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Veterans Administration (VA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) who’ve insinuated themselves into the most minute aspects of the doctor-patient relationship.

These entities began their onslaughts intensely in the last decade, especially the past three years. They have emboldened themselves to hound physicians so that amputee-Veterans can no longer get their prescription opioids from VA doctors. Other paincare facilities are shutting down, pain patients abandoned to zero treatment and zero referrals. They are spying on and raiding physicians’ practices. This is a medical emergency being overlooked by a heartless political system. Yet another epidemic—this time of patient suicides—is ignored by the CDC.

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Who are the patient groups affected?  It begins with the denial of well-working prescription opioids from those with lifelong pain conditions diagnosed as Intractable Pain Patients (IPPs).  Now neither you nor I can receive a medically indicated narcotic when we go to the ER with severe injuries, with a kidney stone scraping its way down a bleeding ureter, or with suffering postsurgical pain—not even root-canal surgery at our dentists’. It affects child patients. It even affects pets treated by veterinarians, suffering animals whose owners are feared might take the meds.

I call those who interfere with pain treatment “OxyMORONS” because of their opiophobic stupidity. They have clamped down so hard on normal opioid prescribing for pain that now even end-of-life, hospice care, and cancer patients are being denied relief. Family of terminal patients have even been told, “We fear he’ll become addicted.”

One example: the critical blood disorder Sickle Cell Disease, which causes misshapen erythrocytes (red blood cells) to threaten oxygen transport throughout the circulatory system, can be excruciating during a crisis. It requires emergency intravenous morphine in addition to the lifelong opioid such patients are normally managing on.  Shame on America for accusing so many of these patients as being “drug seekers.”As a published medical and pharmaceutical writer, and given my earlier career as a bedside hospital nurse with expertise in evaluating and medicating various kinds and levels of pain, I felt it my duty to expose these government injustices and cruelties, to research and write a book aimed at helping to restore normal, medically indicated opioid prescribing by physicians without interference by bureaucrats.

Thank you for giving me a platform to share this critical information that ultimately impacts everyone.

—Helen Borel, RN, MFA, PhD

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American-AGONY-Author-Photo-256x300About the Author: 

Dr. Helen Borel wrote poetry and played piano as a child growing up in two orphanages. She became a registered nurse, then earned her master’s in creative writing. After 18 years as a medical, psychiatric, and pharmaceutical copywriter, she published books, literary criticism, satire, and fiction. She became a doctor in psychoanalytical studies with her own website, PsychDocNYC.com. Always outspoken for the underdog, her intense research is the basis for her passionate expose of government wrongs and the legal rights pain victims must assert. Find her at PsychDocNYC.com and on Twitter: @BorelMedWriter or @PsychDocConnect.

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32 thoughts on “Welcome to the “AMERICAN AGONY” Blog Tour @BorelMedWriter @4WillsPub

  1. A powerful post and I hope Helen’s book makes a difference. Opioids play an important role in treatment and pain relief. And they’re easily and tragically abused. What’s needed is careful, firm, and compassionate management. It shouldn’t be that hard, at least less hard than the adverse effects of mismanagement. Thanks for sharing Helen’s book, Balroop, and best of luck to Helen in sharing her message.

    1. I always thought that they can only be procured through prescription and yes, weak minds do get addicted. Drug abuse is a sad reality Diana just like guns. Self-discipline is the need of the day besides compassionate management.
      Thanks for supporting Helen, her book is so meaningful.

    2. I truly appreciate your wonderful commentary D.Wallace Peach. As you so wisely pointed out, “Opioids play an important role in [the treatment of pain].” Thus, AMERICAN AGONY provides an in-depth study of everything related to pain and its treatment plus a hard look at how non-medical government bureaucrats are preventing such quality analgesic medical care and what sufferers can
      do about this. Thank you.

  2. It’s a sad situation we’ve ending up with going from one extreme to the other with little thought for the patients. I’ve added this to my TBR list.

    1. You are so kind to place this on your to-be-read list, D.L. Finn. I’ve been following you on Twitter, retweeting you often…and, I believe I have some books of yours here (to be read and reviewed
      at my book review site when all this excitement eases a bit). i can’t think of anyone, pain patients, doctors, hospital administrators, family members of pain sufferers, amputee-veterans denied their narcotic prescriptions for pain, legislators, lawyers, et al. who can’t benefit from some issues
      discussed in American Agony. I am grateful, D.L., for your support.

  3. It defies logic to withhold pain medication out of fear of addiction in a dying or very sick patient. It just doesn’t make sense to come to such a conclusion.

    1. Thank you, Shirley. You are very, very wise. Far too many in government, with zero training
      in things medical, have pressured physicians, and other prescribing clinicians, to deny to patients in pain what we, in the healthcare professions (I’m an R.N. and a Psychotherapist) have always administered, without detriment to our hospital patients…and those in clinics and Emergency care.
      Like you, I look forward to the day sanity is restored to the doctor-patient relationship. This will require government agents to remove themselves from individual patient care.

  4. Wow, this is quite the book. Congrats on spreading the important message, Helen. How unfortunate the situation has become!! Sounds like they’re going after the wrong people…I hope this book increases awareness and creates change in the system. Thanks for sharing this, Balroop!

    1. Blessings, Lisa. You’re right on! That’s exactly the intent I had when I conceived the creation of this book. It’s meant to be a “compendium” of everything a patient in pain will need to make their case
      (1) to physicians (who are balking at appropriate treatment with Rx opioids) and (2) to politicians and legislators who are making ever more constricting laws that are senseless to the scientists who
      know the mechanisms of pain production and the appropriate opiate or opioid to treat pain sufferings with.

  5. You’re right, Shirley, about the fear people will become addicted (though only 2% of the population is even deemed susceptible to it). Worse, they think they are preventing them from being sold on the street, or taken by a drugged family member or friend. Used to be, you went to the emergency room with something like a lodged kidney stone and they would give an opioid to manage the pain while they scheduled and conducted diagnostic testing. Now everybody is treated like a “drug-seeker,” someone faking just to get meds, and pain isn’t managed until sometimes hours later when a problem has been proven. I just had surgery Tuesday–and I was sent home with Tylenol! Lucky me, I had some hydrocodone from my last surgery to help me get through that first night. It’s a serious problem, and people are suffering.

    1. You’re so right, Stephen. What a croc (yes, I mean “croc” as in crocodile because pain bites) to prescribe acetaminophen (Tylenol) for postsurgical pain. This is Medical Malpractice which far too many surgeons, ER physicians and general practitioners are getting away with these days as
      government runs rampant over patients’ rights. Therefore, my book demonstrates how to get
      rid of the DEA which is causing all this mayhem because of its unchecked tactics targeting prescribing clinicians, seizing their assets, colluding with its parent, the DOJ to imprison MDs on bogus charges. My book also exhorts Congress to do its job and rein in these renegades who, right now, are reigning like they’re untouchable kings.

    1. I do appreciate you joining this book tour segment, Bette. So nice to speak with all my sister- and brother-writers and to hear that you agree the message of American Agony is worthy. I’m enjoying the tour, thank you. And I thank Balroop for hosting me.

    1. Oh, Beem, I thank you. Indeed “well-researched”. Many a sleepless night spent ferreting out the most minute fact to thoroughly cover the varied subjects in American Agony. Much “agony” spent
      weaving disparate elements together in a cohesive whole for swift reading. Much passion of anger and sorrow went into the motivation for being so focused due to the millions in pain suffering, the thousands in pain dying daily through suicides. Thus, Beem, I had to do my homework to make it work for those who need this information.

  6. I’m glad to hear of such books coming out to educate people. There is farrrr too much fake news out there and so many dire issues getting left in the cold because Orange Nero eats up the newscycle. Congrats to Dr. Borel. 🙂

    1. Thank you, DGKAYE. I so value your wise thoughts. Yes, this book has many “educational” functions, most important of which are (1) Educating pain-sufferers about what they’re entitled to
      medically and humanly, and what they can do to get their opioid prescriptions restored through law suits and legislation; (2) Educating the wider public about this Holocaust afflicting so many, most through severe daily suffering, desperate others by suiciding. I congratulate all the pain sufferers who are still hanging in there, and the smaller number of physicians still bravely prescribing
      opioids for pain.

  7. Balroop, you’ve been so kind to hostess (<-sic) AMERICAN AGONY's blog tour. What a powerful, lively group of talented writers have been kind enough to visit your blog and partake of some of
    my book's ideas. I can't thank you enough. Mostly, I think, patients in pain and their physicians who I envision will benefit from its contents, will silently thank you for helping to dispense this vital information. Thank you, again.

  8. I know, Joe. Despite the widespread Holocaust going on in America for years now against patients in pain, government has turned a deaf ear while too many of its bureaucratic functionaries invade and dismantle what was, heretofore, a powerful and empathic medical profession. Quivering in
    their white coats, most physicians, these days in trepidation of the gestapo-like actions of DEA renegades, have ceased treating pain altogether, leaving millions of Americans in pain, abandoned to no care at all. I wrote American Agony in a cocoon made of anger and tears for those bedridden, suffering untreated…and for those cold-turkeyed off years-long well-working opioid analgesics
    who, in despair of ever finding surcease, have suicided.

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