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The Maafa of Black Genocide through the Over Prosecution of Black Physicians

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PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK


2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (4/10/17)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
              Black Doctors Matter (BDM)
              American Pain Institute (API)
              662-392-2016

 
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Baptist medical missionary, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, St., M.D.,
examining a young  patient at his clinic in Tchula, Mississippi,
located in Holmes County, with the lowest life expectancy of
any  county in the United States. Dr. Myers and his wife Sylvia,
who have served in America's poorest geographic region for almost  
30 years, are no longer able to provide health care to the poorest
of the poor in America.


PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK Brings Attention
to the Maafa of Black Genocide Through the 
Over Prosecution of Black Physicians

Black Physicians Persecuted By the Criminal Justice 
System No Longer Able To Practice Medicine for Treating
Chronic Pain Patients and Disproportionately Face Prison Sentences  

African American Sickle Cell Patients Dying from the
Hysteria of the Opioid Crises and Racism in Hospitals  

(Tchula, Mississippi) - Black physicians are only around 2% of all physicians. However, when it comes to law enforcement, the criminal justice system and state medical boards through criminal and disciplinary actions, especially including the loss of medical licenses, black and other physicians of color represent a much higher percentage of all physicians.

"When it comes to black physicians, especially those of us who prescribe opioids in the treatment of chronic pain patients who are opioid nonabusers, including patients with sickle cell anemia, we are horribly over prosecuted and discriminated against," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder of Black Doctors Matter (BDM) and the American Pain Institute (API). "Law enforcement and the criminal justice system continue to persecute black physicians because we tend to serve more medically underserved communities. "

In 1990, Rev. Dr. Myers became the first ordained and commissioned medical missionary to America's poorest geographic region, the Mississippi Delta, in the history of the African American church. 

Recognized by many civil and human rights organizations, including the U.S. Congress, as a leading advocate for the medical needs of the poor and disenfranchised, Rev. Dr. Myers was arrested for treating chronic pain patients in Roland, Oklahoma.

Traveling from Mississippi to Oklahoma on a weekly basis, to care for his mother, who died from cancer in 2014, the Baptist Medical Missionary was confronted with pain patient bigotry, abuse and patients committing suicide because of the hysteria associated with America's opioid crises.

"The gross inhumanity and unjust punitive actions by the government, blaming chronic pain patients who are opioid nonabusers for America's opioid crises, is deplorable," states Rev. Dr. Myers. "Many black and other physicians of color continue to be victimized with prison sentences and are no longer able to practice medicine. Racial discrimination, pain patient bigotry and abuse must no longer be tolerated in the medical treatment of chronic pain patients in America!"

Rev. Dr. Myers, the leading grassroots physician advocate for the treatment of chronic pain, organized two successful "America's In Pain!" - MARCH ON WASHINGTON - "Silent No More!" in 2003 and 2004. He organized a Frederick Douglass Freedom March in 2005, also in Washington, DC, bringing attention to the under treatment of African Americans in chronic pain. He established the National Pain Patients Coalition (NPPC), sponsors of the annual PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK since 2005, during the last week of April.

As the Founder and Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF), Rev. Dr. Myers also established the National Juneteenth Medical Commission.

Many believe Rev. Dr. Myers has been targeted and persecuted by law enforcement because of his treatment and advocacy for the poor and disenfranchised, especially chronic pain patients. The loss of his medical license has resulted in the closure of his Christian Family Health Centers in the Mississippi Delta. These health centers treated many poor patients for almost 30 years.

Despite the loss of his ability to practice medicine, Rev. Dr. Myers continues to advocate for chronically ill patients who have no voice and are abused by the health care system. This especially includes patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA).

"Most people with sickle cell anemia in the United States are African American," states Rev. Dr. Myers. "Unfortunately, because of racism and bigotry against the treatment of chronic pain patients, death rates have  continued to rise in patients with SCA."
 
Rev. Dr. Myers is very concerned about patients with chronic pain from  SCA,  when experiencing a  "vaso-occlusive episode"   or  "pain crises"   are denied appropriate treatment by ER physicians and other clinicians.  SCA   patients are also often called  "drug addicts"   when seeking medical care.  Physicians then refuse to treat them,  further torturing the  SCA  and chronic  pain patient.
 
Rev. Dr. Myers knows that racism and pain patient bigotry by ER and hospital physicians, for refusing to follow  NIH (National Institutes of Health)  guidelines for the proper treatment of a sickle cell " pain crises" causes  increased death rates and lower life expectancy of  SCA  patients. The  2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain  require  NIH  protocols be followed.
 
A majority of patients with  SCA  that experience a  "pain crises"  must be treated symptomatically with pain medications, oxygen and hydration. Pain management requires that patients receive opioid administered at regular intervals. This can last for several weeks before the crises ends.
 
"California has the lowest life expectancy in the nation regarding those diagnosed with sickle cell disease,"  states Nita Thompson,  Founder  of the  World Sickle Cell Federation (WSCF) "It's now worse because doctors and clinicians refuse to follow NIH guidelines when treating sickle cell  anemia patients. Dr. Myers has been our leading physician advocate in the fight for humane treatment of sickle cell patients."
 

Chronic pain patients are labeled "drug seekers" and "drug addicts" when accessing medical care. The compassionate physicians who treat them, especially black and other physicians of color, are called "drug dealers" who operate "drug cartels."

 

Chronic pain patents are treated like criminals and denied prescription medications that they depend upon to have some kind of quality of life, resulting in increased suicides.


"The overall results is the continued Medical Maafa of Black Genocide from needless deaths of African Americans with sickle cell anemia," st ates Rev. Dr. Myers,  Founder  of  the  Myers Foundation for Indigent Health Care and Community Development  "We must hold physicians, hospitals, law enforcement, the DEA, the CDC, state medical boards, and other government agencies accountable for the inexcusable deaths of chronically ill African American patients."
 
"Maafa"  (African American Holocaust is a Kiswahili term meaning "terrible occurrence"or "great disaster." It is the way many African Americans speak about their horrendous loss of life from the legacy of enslavement.
 
Many physicians do not treat SCA and other chronic pain patients because of the fear of losing their medical licenses. The DEA and the CDC are were well aware that doctors would respond in this way. As an African American physician, Rev. Dr. Myers has experienced this first hand.

It was through the historic advocacy of the Black Panther Party in the 1970's that black genocide and the abuse of black patients with SCA was exposed.
 
"The over-persecution of black physicians and the increased death rates for SCA and othet chronic pain patients contribute greatly to our medical maafa,"  states Rev. Dr. Myers.  "I thank everyone for their prayers, donations and public support. I am not afraid to tell the truth about America's health care atrocities from racist and discriminatory government health care policies and practices."

Rev. Dr. pleads with everyone to support and join him during PAIN PATIENTS ADVOCACY WEEK, April 23-30, 2017, in exposing the corruption of law enforcement and the criminal justice system through the over prosecution of black and other physicians of color for treating chronic pain patients who are opioid nonabusers.

With the loss of his medical licenses because of the lies and false prosecution of law enforcement, the Oklahoma State Attorney General and medical board, Rev. Dr. Myers also understands that he continues to be persecuted because of his advocacy for the poor, chronic pain patients and the compassionate physicians who treat them.

"Your continued prayers and financial support are always needed," states Rev. Dr. Myers. "I continue to trust God through all the difficulties."

The American Pain Institute (API) has established a Legal Defense Fund in support of physicians like Rev. Dr. Myers who are persecuted for treating chronic pain patients.


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