The Taper Foundation

So we are going to start a charity to raise awareness of the third leading cause of death in America for too long – doctor error. Only heart disease and cancer kill more people than doctor’s mistakes. Naturally we don’t have much awareness of this, and I am not deluding myself that I can single-handedly change things. The aim is not to denigrate doctors, but rather to re-establish the parity of the patient’s voice in their own treatment. In matters of pain especially, the words of the patients are generally discounted unless they can be used to punish the patient for “drug seeking”. Whether for pain or withdrawal, “drug seeking” is really just “relief seeking” rephrased in the most denigrating and stigmatizing language possible. Overwhelmingly, designating someone as drug seeking is done by the white coats, and they need even less evidence to apply that diagnosis than they do with all the other bad diagnosing they are doing (remember – more people die from doctor fail than opiate overdoses!) Our charity may get a new name, but for now, we are gonna call it The Taper Foundation, and we will have scrub-green ribbons! Can’t wait. Details to follow. For now, here is the latest from the charnel house that is pain management in the United States:

  • I tapered off of fentanyl successfully because it was my choice to do so and because I no longer needed that much medication after having a successful surgery. For everyone else, the tapers just don’t work. The drugs, on the other hand, work like they have for 1000s of years – well enough to save my life.
  • The War On Opioids just keeps getting more and more clumsy & desperate. Now Covid makes it worse! Just keep in mind, this “crisis” exists only here in the US even though Covid and Opiates are everywhere on this planet.
  • More horseshit conflating illegal drugs and legal ones. They will never tire of this – it is all they have at this point.
  • It isn’t good politics to take your turn punching down at pain patients, but it is easy and it allows those doing the punching to look busy.
  • Those programs haven’t done anything anywhere but ruin lives, but it allows politicians to look like they are doing something even though the deaths from street drugs keep going up, the prices go down, and supply goes up. We have received nothing but pain, debt, and death from drug prohibition.
  • I wouldn’t have Trump do it by any means, but pretending the CDC is above scrutiny at this point is a laffer.
  • I find Biden repulsive, but less so than Trump. Biden is a drug warrior, and so karmically has no complaints about the havoc drugs have created in his family, but I have compassion for all who find themselves with that havoc. Biden has the power to change the havoc, and yet he keeps it because it benefits him politically. That said,
  • Letting our cities fall into disrepair and despair isn’t a reasonable option. Scapegoating those already behind the 8 ball isn’t necessary either.
  • We don’t sentence people to disease for their transgressions. Not even Trump. I hope all people with Covid recover fully and that we put it all behind us as soon as possible.
  • I have never believed in the idea that Canada is “America Done Right” in general, but I didn’t realize they too now were milking the bullshit idea that pain patients caused any opiate crisis. They are.
  • Cut meds and deaths go up. Oh Canuckistan.
  • I think it would harder to find laws not promoted by racist bigots than not at this point, but it does seem ponderous at how clear the management of vice and racist laws seem to find their way to each other about 100% of the time. Without a doubt, enjoying vice in peace is one of the most cherished privileges of the pilgrims here in the US.
  • Wait til they see what happens to 401Ks as soon as everyone stops driving!
  • Right – because people not on drugs are “clean” and people on drugs are “dirty”. Who could argue with such clear-headed and objective reportage?
  • Racism is a public health crisis.