“The opioid crisis has resulted in a broad range hysteria surrounding opioid prescribing in the United States. As a result, an aversion to opioid medication developed widely as legislators sought to address the overdose epidemic.

These reform policies have had minimal bearing on decreasing overdoses, yet they have led to the development of a new population of victims by targeting pain patients. Under the guise of an attempted attack on overprescribing, the nation has begun a new initiative in healthcare that has led to the tragic climate of under treating pain.

Although the national initiatives have proven harmful enough to those suffering from incurable and intractable pain, the states are left to make further decisions that limit access to opioids for patients and restrict the prescribing power of clinicians.

However, one state in particular resides on the brink of the most extreme anti-opioid policy to date. Oregon has proposed a policy that has left some of the nation’s leading experts wondering how such a grievous stratagem could even be considered.

The state of Oregon has an uncommon structure and brief mention of the organization of bureaus will be herein mentioned for reference. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) serves as the primary governing body. The Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) is a branch of the Oregon Health Authority that governs three subcommittees that control decision making for Medicaid. One of the three subcommittees is the Value Based Benefits Subcommittee (VbBs) which then parents the Chronic Pain Task Force. The Task Force serves as an ad hoc derived from the Latin word meaning “for this,” and does not stand as a permanent fixture in Oregon policy making.

Oregon is unique in a multitude of ways, making it prime territory for the creation of a devastating social experiment.”

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