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Junk Science Alert! JAMA Strikes Again With Ridiculous Study

ACHS Dr. Josh Bloom Rips Apart Jama “Opioid Study” to Laughable Conclusion

Heather S. Wargo
6 min readFeb 13, 2019


We last checked in with JAMA when they told us that Marijuana was the way, and states would be subbing the federally illegal substance for the federally legal opioid, “to create an alternative to opioid addiction.”

They simply couldn’t let that be their most ridiculous “thing” out there, could they?


Here they come with a paper to nail the coffin over their previously held position of “scientifically sound” journal.

And here comes our resident opioid expert to show us the truth lurking within this “science”, Dr. Josh Bloom.

He writes a swift takedown of their junk science at his site

An Opioid Study So Bad That It Disproves Itself?”

The title alone made me want to read. I laughed aloud.

Dr. Bloom writes:

Here’s a first. A study that might actually disprove itself. I’ve never seen anything like it.

You and me, both, Dr. Bloom.

Andrew Kolodny must be involved, somehow.

A paper in JAMA Open Network tries to hop on the anti-opioid bandwagon but fails so badly that I had to stare at the screen in disbelief for a while. Did I really just see this? Does it mean what I think it does? Did the authors fail to realize what their own data say?

Here’s the title:



Heather S. Wargo

Italian American Writer in PA wilds. Gen X survivor attempting to climb shrinking narrow. Despite all my rage, still just a rat in a cage.