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The use of terms in substance control legislation and policies


The use of terms is an important issue in legislation and policies. Correct use of terms in a text body contributes to the realization of its objectives. Like body language is important for a speaker and can send messages contrary to what the speaker is saying, the choice of inappropriate terms can be counter-productive for … Continue reading

Celebrating success: A Palliative Care Law for Colombia


It is with great pleasure that we share some recent successes of the Pain and Policy Studies Group’s International Pain Policy Fellowship (IPPF). The principal goal of the IPPF is to develop national leaders from low‐ and middle‐income countries (LMICs) and empower them with the necessary knowledge, skills and guidance to improve the availability and … Continue reading

JAMA Forum: The Public Health Challenge of Drug Overdose « news@JAMA


This JAMA Forum article, by Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, a pediatrician and Secretary of the Maryland Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene. A balanced piece. I particularly like how he finishes it!  “..sees the problem in full.”  This should include the under treatment of pain! “With so many perspectives on the challenge of drug overdose, … Continue reading

“Deadly Dose:” Comments on the @sanjayguptacnn special


Have you ever been looking for that situation to include Bill Clinton in a paper, email or blog? Well it just happened with the former President’s appearance on the CNN Special, “Deadly Dose.” President Clinton had, in fact contacted Sanjay Gupta because of a personal experience with the death of two younger men. These men … Continue reading

Prescription Monitoring Plans: A new JAMA Commentary!


In a JAMA commentary piece last week, Dr Gugelmann and Perrone discuss the role of Prescription Drug Monitoring (access required). They reference appropriately the nature of the problem of Prescription Opioid Abuse in the USA and highlight the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released in April 2011, and discussed here at the … Continue reading

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