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Los Angeles – The life expectancy of every major condition on the planet has improved over the years, however, grim statistics shows that patients with sickle cell disease can expect to die younger than they did more than 20 years ago, according to newly released records. About 100,000 people in the United States have sickle cell disease and we all know that most of them are African Americans. Research shows that life expectancy for sickle cell patients in 1994 was approximately 42 for men and 48 for women. Sadly, present statistics shows that sickle cell patient’s life expectancy has taken a bad dive for the worse and their life expectancy has been cut-down and shortened by up to 10 years.

Who is to blame and why are these patients being subjected to a senseless shorter life expectancy; is it because they are Black? Some experts have reported that sickle cell patients are exposed to early death because they require painkillers to help them cope with severe sickle cell crisis that forces them inside of the hospitals and emergency rooms. Let’s face it, non-black hospital and ER staffing commonly discriminate against Black people and this includes staff looking at them like drug addicts and some cases, even calling hospital security and treating sickle cell patients like they are criminals. Dr. Wally Smith, a professor of sickle cell disease at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond did a research supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on opioid crisis and how it adds to the demise and pain of sickle cell patients.

Dr. Smith and other experts’ fears that patients will face even greater scrutiny than they already do when seeking relief from severe sickle cell crisis. These patients are sadly being forced to suffer longer from the excruciating pain that sickle cell crisis is known to cause, said Dr. Smith. As the country struggles with the devastating opioid crisis, which involves illicit synthetic imported and man-made drugs, like Fentanyl, the overdose death rates in the United States have skyrocketed and doctors have been falsely targeted for this illegal epidemic, pushed by the mainstream media and fake news nationwide.

A chronic sickle cell patient said, “I have a right to live long as I can!” He is absolutely right and I agreed with him 100 percent, however, the false narratives and the social engineering of treatment options and requirements for sickle cell patients has diminished greatly over time. Doctors are too afraid to treat sickle cell patients for fear of regulatory retaliation and destruction of their careers and even jailing them for provided treatment as outlined by state and government agencies. One word of good advice would be that the same pharmacies that are limiting these lifesaving prescriptions for sickle cell patients are the same ones behind their senseless demise and decreased life expectancy of God loving people with dreams and hopes of living and enjoying their lives to the fullest.

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Editor: Billy Earley,
Physician Assistant,
Healthcare Advocate,
National Adviser Black Doctors Matter
National Adviser American Pain Institute
Advocate World Sickle Cell Federation