(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
National Medical Association (NMA)
"poor pain management"
"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
and chronic pain patients legal prescriptions.
, when experiencing a
are denied appropriate treatment by ER physicians and other clinicians.
patients are also often called
when seeking medical care.
The inappropriate treatment of a
creates chronic pain in the anatomical area of the
for the remainder of
patient's life. Physicians then refuse to treat the chronic pain that they knowingly created, further torturing the
A majority of patients with
that experience a
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
patients due to the therapeutic use of opioids to treat their
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,
World Sickle Cell Foundation (WSCF)
"It's now worse because doctors and clinicians refuse to follow NIH guidelines when treating patients.
A few years ago, a young African American woman with
suffering from a
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
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
, 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.,
Black Doctors Matter
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."
(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 Matter, WSCF 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.
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.