An ambience of sadness and loss permeated this year’s Sine Die —the last day of the 90-day, Maryland General Assembly Session—as we processed the loss of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, a true health care champion. It is fitting that we made so much progress this year.
While Epidemic Rages, Opioids Remain Key Component in Treating Cancer Pain
ACS CAN Director of State and Local Campaigns David Woodmansee Quoted in the Baltimore Sun.
Cancer patients and survivors, said David Woodmansee, directors of state and local campaigns for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “The key word is ‘Balance,’” Woodmansee told the Times. “Balance of policies that do in fact mitigate the abuse and diversion of opioids but at the same time, while that’s going on, still allows our cancer patients and cancer survivors, who might need opioids to manage their pain and get through their day or night with a decent level of quality of life [access to opioids]. ”Woodmansee added that opioids remain the “gold standard” for advanced cancer patients and end of life care.