I was “For” alleviating chronic pain…..but I think I forgot.

Posted: March 26, 2011 in Medical Cannabis, Montana Politics

Or an alternate title could be “I want to sweep chronic pain under the rug…….I can’t see it – therefore it couldn’t possibly exist!”

MT 62nd Legislature forgot?

Meet Senate Joint Resolution No. 28 from our 2005 Legislature.

Signatures of currently seated elected officials who voted FOR this resolution are listed in the image above. There are 28 total.

Since this legislation – the Montana Pain Initiative went to work with the American Cancer Society. They did their job. The study was conducted.

It is here:

28 of the same elected officials from the SAME 2005 session retain seats this session. The same folks identified voted YES for this resolution. They realized there was a severe problem with CHRONIC PAIN in Montana 6 years ago.

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Let’s take a look at what they agreed to – my commentary relevant to medical cannabis in color.

WHEREAS, inadequate pain relief is a serious public health problem in the United States, inasmuch as the American Pain Foundation has estimated that 50 million people suffer from persistent pain; and

50 million eh? That was back in 2005. What are those numbers today?

WHEREAS, pain is associated with lost wages and loss of productivity by American workers; and

REALLY? American workers = Montanans too right?

WHEREAS, many factors contribute to uncured or inadequately managed pain; and

Medical Cannabis is documented to assist with pain and be non-habit forming, non-addictive, and non-toxic. How about we ASK the participants of the program? Opioid patients got surveyed.

WHEREAS, all individuals with pain would benefit from having their pain thoroughly assessed and promptly treated; and

ALL – it said ALL right?

WHEREAS, pain is often accompanied by other symptoms that need to be managed along with the pain, including other symptoms arising in cancer patients; and

Multiple symptoms? PAIN is associated with MULTIPLE SYMPTOMS? They READ this before they legislated it – correct? They UNDERSTOOD what they were doing?

WHEREAS, appropriate application of excellent pain and symptom management practices, including the use of different treatment modalities, improves the quality of life for those who suffer from pain while reducing the morbidity and cost associated with untreated or inappropriately treated pain; and

appropriate application of excellent pain and symptom management practices, including the use of different treatment modalities

I read that right – didn’t I? That WOULD include the newly voted in INITIATIVE 148 correct?

reducing the morbidity and cost associated with untreated or inappropriately treated pain

Am I seeing things? I DID read that – correct? As Cannabis has NEVER killed ANYBODY I would contend it would REDUCE morbidity.

WHEREAS, no Montana state agency has been given the mandate to address untreated pain and lack of symptom management as a public health problem; and

Nope – None – Nada. They even had all this work done for FREE by the American Cancer Society.

WHEREAS, there has been no comprehensive study in Montana of the prevalence of intractable pain in Montanans, nor has there been an assessment of the pain and symptom management practices of Montana health care professionals; and

Now that there HAS been – does it still apply?

WHEREAS, private funding may be available from the American Cancer Society and other interested groups to support participation in, staffing, management, and coordination of a statewide pain and symptom management study; and

FREE!!! Yippee!!!

WHEREAS, the study would be conducted by an advisory task force made up of over 20 members from public agencies and private organizations and individuals with experience in or a demonstrated interest in pain and symptom management issues, including representatives of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, charitable societies, physicians, other health care providers, legislators, public assistance providers, advocates for voluntary health organizations, and individuals suffering from acute or chronic pain; and

The Montana Pain and Symptom Management Task Force (MPSMTF) was founded as a result of Senate Joint Resolution 28 passed by Montana Legislature in 2005. This resolution recognized the formation of a task force that would be given the task of assessing pain management practices and policies in Montana and making recommendations aimed at improving pain management throughout the state.

This white paper, Recommendations for Improving Pain and Symptom Management in Montana,is the MPSMTF’s report of its findings and resulting recommendations.

The resolution founding the task force states in part: Be it further resolved, that the American Cancer Society and the leadership of the task force are encouraged to give the task force’s report and recommendations the widest circulation practicable so that implementation of the recommendations made by the task force become a collaborative effort between public and private bodies and organizations with the most influence on privately furnished health care and on public policy.1

In keeping with this resolution, the MPSMTF submits this report and the following recommendations to the Montana Legislature, the Governor, and the Director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services and to all those who are interested in improving pain management in Montana.

Report submitted – to influence public policy – amongst other items listed. In other words – THEY GOT IT. Whether they read it or not is an entirely different issue. After this session so far – I am guessing they never got past the cover.

WHEREAS, those public agencies, private organizations, and individuals have agreed to serve on the task force without cost to the state, which is of significance because many of the benefits resulting from the task force will be benefits to public policymakers and state agencies; and

Carolyn Squires was part of this task force. LONG time Legislator – and none of this information brought forward.

WHEREAS, it is the intention of those who will participate on the task force to hold public hearings to gather information from the public on issues pertaining to pain and symptom management and to then provide advice and recommendations to appropriate public and private entities on pain and symptom management, including advice and recommendations concerning acute and chronic pain and symptom management treatment practices, state statutes and rules regarding pain and symptom management, and use of alternative therapies for pain and symptom management; and

use of alternative therapies for pain and symptom management

That WOULD include I-148 now wouldn’t it? I mean – original legislation had CHRONIC PAIN listed for not one – not 2 – but THREE separate qualifying condition categories! 2004 was when it was voted in!

WHEREAS, it is also the intention of those who will participate on the task force to provide advice and recommendations to appropriate public and private entities on acute and chronic pain and symptom management education provided by professional boards or others in the state, acute and chronic pain and symptom management needs of adults, children, and racial and ethnic minority and medically underserved populations, development of a drug repository for unused drugs used for pain and symptom management, and treatment of pain at the end of life; and

Wouldn’t this like SLAM Squires onto ANYTHING with chronic pain in a title??? Has ANYONE heard a PEEP from her on this?!?!?!

WHEREAS, it is also the intention of those who will participate on the task force to study and develop recommendations to state licensing boards on integrating pain and symptom management into the customary practice of health care professionals and identifying the roles and responsibilities of the various health care professionals in pain and symptom management and on the duration and content of continuing education requirements for pain and symptom management, on improving access to pain and symptom management in racial and ethnic minority and medically underserved populations, including the elderly population, and on improving access to pain and symptom management for children and adolescents; and

EPIC FAILURE!!!!! There are Continuing education credits for BOTH Physicians and Nurses sanctioned and approved by BOTH the AMA and ANA in Medical Cannabis.

WHEREAS, it is also the intention of those who will participate on the task force to report on the activities of the task force and make recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature, and the Director of the Department of Public Health and Human Services; and

Has anybody heard ONE STINKIN RECOMMENDATION?!?!?! ONE?

WHEREAS, it is also the intention of those entities who will serve on the task force, in making the task force’s reports and recommendations, to consult with additional entities, including academic institutions, voluntary health organizations not represented on the task force, advocates, consumers, relevant professional organizations, and other appropriate entities.

Anybody from Medical Cannabis been consulted? I mean – I only had the FEDERAL PATIENT in state THREE TIMES in 6 months. It’s not like they had access or anything (NOTE* DRIPPING sarcasm)

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:

That the American Cancer Society be thanked and congratulated for its support of such a large undertaking as the planned task force on pain and symptom management.

DONE! Page 5!

A special thank you goes to the American Cancer Society for its financial and staff support of the Montana Pain and Symptom Management Task Force (MPSMTF) and for the printing and distribution of this paper. The MPSMTF would also like to thank the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives, American Cancer Society National Government Relations Department and the Pain and Policy Studies Group for their resources and technical support.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislature encourages all of those public and private organizations and private individuals who have agreed to send members to or serve on the task force to participate to the fullest extent possible.

Have any of THESE folks showed up to testify?

2007 MONTANA PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE LIST

  1. MichaelBergkamp, ND Montana Association of Naturopathic Physicians Helena
  2. Betty Beverly Montana Senior Citizens Association Helena
  3. Starla Blank, PharmD Montana Board of Pharmacy Helena
  4. Kathryn Borgenicht, MD Montana Medical Association and American Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Bozeman
  5. Lee Ann Bradley, PharmD, BCPS Montana Pharmacy Association and University of Montana School of Pharmacy Missoula
  6. Deanna Brame, MSN, RN, C, CHPN Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Palliative Care Consultants Bozeman
  7. Jeannine Brant, RN, MS, AOCN St. Vincent Hospital Billings
  8. GaylaBrown, BSN, RN, LNHA Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation Helena
  9. Roger Citron, R.Ph. Department of Public Health and Human ServicesHelena
  10. KristinaDavis, RN American Cancer Society – Volunteer Great Falls
  11. Becky Deschamps, R.Ph. Kalispell Regional Hospital Kalispell
  12. Joan Eliel Montana Department of Justice Attorney General’s Office Office of Consumer Protection and Victim Services Helena
  13. JeanForseth, MN, RN, CHPN Big Sky Hospice Yellowstone City-County Health Department Billings
  14. Scott Hansing, DC Montana Chiropractic Association Helena
  15. Teresa Henry, MS, RN Montana Nurses Association Missoula
  16. Jan Jahner St. Peter’s Hospital Helena
  17. Linda Fike-Looser, PT, CLT-LANA, CES Montana Physical Therapy Association Hamilton
  18. MaryMcCue Montana Dental Association Helena
  19. Sue Miller, RN, BSN Department of Public Health and Human ServicesHelena
  20. Liz Rantz, MD State Department of Corrections Missoula
  21. Randale Sechrest, MD Montana Spine and Pain Center Missoula
  22. Robert Shepard, MD New West Clancy
  23. Carolyn Squires Montana State Senate Missoula
  24. Dwight Thompson, PA Montana Board of Medical Examiners Harlowton
  25. Linda Torma, MSN, APRN, BC Montana State University-College of Nursing Carroll College Parish Nurse Center Missoula
  26. Deric Weiss, MD, FACP Hospital Palliative Care Programs Billings
  27. Staff Kristin Nei American Cancer Society Montana Government Relations Missoula
  28. Connie SageMissoula

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislature thanks all of those organizations and individuals especially because the members of the task force will serve without public compensation.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Cancer Society and the leadership of the task force are encouraged to give the task force’s report and recommendations the widest circulation practicable so that implementation of the recommendations made by the task force become a collaborative effort between public and private bodies and organizations with the most influence on privately furnished health care and on public policy.

EPIC FAIL! Has anybody even seen or heard ANYTHING on this? WIDEST CIRCULATION?? One would figure at LEAST one of 28 elected officials might remember this CRITICAL piece of legislation! Squires was involved and PRESENTED the BILL! It’s not like she’s a rookie.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislature looks forward to receiving the report and recommendations of the task force and implementation of the recommendations made by the task force because implementation will be important to the lives of those many Montanans suffering from acute or chronic pain whose enjoyment of life has been reduced by pain that has not been cured or effectively managed.

AS LONG AS they do not choose medical marijuana as a treatment. They forgot to add that little diddy in there……

And while we’re at it – let’s create financial pain and RUIN to go with all their health issues. I mean, they’re just a bunch of potheads – right? Let’s reduce their enjoyment in life even MORE – chronic pain isn’t enough – and you’re all just a bunch of fakers! We have proven in this report that chronic pain is not effectively managed – and that 70% of Montanans surveyed suffer from chronic pain MONTHLY! SEVENTY PERCENT!

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that copies of this resolution be sent by the Secretary of State to the Governor and the Montana Congressional Delegation.

And PROMPTLY be buried to NEVER be seen again – so that in 2011 we can do THIS

and COMPLETELY destroy Montanans and the spirit of this Resolution.

Thank you Senator Essman! So happy you could vote in this resolution – and so conveniently forget about it – and then go after 26,000 chronic pain patients! Take away an EFFECTIVE treatment that helps MANY Montanans! TARGET chronic pain patients to be removed from the database.

If you want to reduce numbers in ANYTHING wouldn’t it be in CHRONIC PAIN?!?!

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