PRESS RELEASE
The Maafa of  Black Genocide 
& Sickle Cell Disease
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Black Doctors Matter
National Juneteenth Medical Commission
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An annual presentation by the National Juneteenth Medical 
Commission 
discussing the medical facts about health 
disparities in America:
 
BLACK GENOCIDE
 
"Medical evidence of the legacy of enslavement 
in America!"

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PRESS RELEASE (7/4/16)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.
              Black Doctors Matter
              National Juneteenth Medical Commission
              www.BlackDoctorsMatter.com
             662-392-2016


Dr. Myers Exposes the Medical Maafa of
Black Genocide from Mistreatment
of Sickle Cell Anemia Patients

Many Hospital Emergency Rooms Refuse to 
Properly  Treat Sickle Cell Anemia Patients 
in Pain Crises

Death Rates Rise in African American
Sickle Cell Patients

Rev. Dr. Myers Black Physician 
Persecuted  by Law Enforcement and 
the  Government  For Exposing the Truth


Ron Myers
Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D.

Nita Thompson
Nita Thompson 

Jacques Lesure

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(Los Angeles, CA) - Most people with Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA) in the United States are African American. Unfortunately, because of racism and bigotry against the treatment of chronic pain patients, death rates have continuyed to rise in patients with SCA .
 
The National Medical Association (NMA) has cited "poor pain management" as a "major health problem" for African Americans. "Racial profiling by doctors and pharmacies, as well as the lack of Black physicians; contribute to inadequate pain management, a serious national public health concern that affects millions of Blacks and other underserved minority populations."
 
"Racial profiling is more prevalent in pharmacies in urban areas where pharmacies either refuse to carry certain opiate medications for fear of robbery, or a belief that prescriptions will be diverted for illegal use."
 
Pharmacies often refuse to fill SCA  and chronic pain patients legal prescriptions.
 
Patients with 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.
 
The inappropriate treatment of a "vaso-occlusive episode" creates chronic pain in the anatomical area of the "pain crises" for the remainder of SCA patient's life. Physicians then refuse to treat the chronic pain that they knowingly created, further torturing the SCA patient.
 
In Los Angeles, many ER physicians refuse to follow NIH (National Institutes of Health) guidelines for the treatment of a sickle cell "pain crises" leading to increased death rates and lower life expectancy of SCA patients. Recent 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.
 
It should be noted that addiction to opioids among SCA patients due to the therapeutic use of opioids to treat their "pain crises" does not occur with any greater frequency than it does in other chronic pain patient groups treated with opioids for other reasons.
 
"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 Foundation (WSCF) . "It's now worse because doctors and clinicians refuse to follow NIH guidelines when treating patients.
 
The WSCF works in partnership with the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) , on the observance of World Sickle Cell Day , declared by the United Nations in 2008, on the "19th of June" - Juneteenth Independence Day in the United States.
 
A few years ago, a young African American woman with SCA suffering from a "pain crisis" died after visiting a New York hospital emergency room because instead of being treated appropriately for her extreme pain, she was instead prematurely released after she was labeled a "drug seeker" .

Unfortunately, since that time, there have been horrific loses like her's because of ignorance, apathy, bigotry and racism. Black chronically ill patients are dying at an alarming rate and there's been no outcry. Many consider it a serious form of medical neglect, and at the worst, manslaughter.
 
America now has a chronic pain patient prescription drug crisis because chronic pain patients are denied prescription painkillers due to recent legislation originally meant to address America's prescription drug problem. Chronic pain patients are often labeled "drug seekers" and "drug abusers" , treated like criminals, and denied prescription medications that they depend upon to have some kind of quality of life. The many innocent are punished for the acts of the guilty few.

"The overall result is the Medical Maafa of Black Genocide from needless deaths of African Americans with sickle cell disease because NIH guidelines are purposely not followed," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder of Black Doctors Matter and 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" and 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, treating poor and disenfranchised patients, Rev. Dr. Myers has experienced this first hand.
 
Rev. Dr. Myers has provided health care for many years in Tchula, Mississippi, Holmes County, the county with the least life expectancy of any county in the United States. He is well aware of how failed government health care policy and attacks against black physicians leads to increased death rates for African Americans.
 
"As the Founder of the American Pain Institute (API) and the National Pain Patients Coalition (NPPC), law enforcement and the government have attacked me relentlessly for being the leading grass roots physician advocate for the proper treatment of chronic pain patients and the evils of Black Genocide," 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."

Black Doctors MatterWSCF and AXIS Advocacy will be hosting a Sickle Cell Anemia Jazz Brunch, with Rev. Dr. Myers, an accomplished jazz musician, performing and speaking. This will take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 10:30am, during the beginning of the NMA conference in Los Angeles. Noted jazz guitarist Jacques Lesure will also be performing. 

For details contact Nita Thompson at 323-620-2050.
 
The annual 2016 Black Doctors Matter Conference has been scheduled on the weekend of the anniversary date of the American Medical Association (AMA) apology to black physicians for decades of racial discrimination, the "16th of July" in Dallas, TX. The conference will focus on the over prosecution of black physicians by law enforcement.
 
For information on the 2016 Black Doctors Matter Conference and how you can assist in the ministry of Rev. Dr. Ron Myers call 662-392-2016 or 662-247-1471, e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com or web site: www.BlackDoctorsMatter.com .