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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

“A responsible way to treat patients, pain”


Lynn Webster MD has been hauled over the coals of recent time for sharing honestly his many years of experience treating people with chronic pain, treatment regimens that often included the use of opioids. In an opinion piece published in the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal, he powerfully states a firm case for the use of opioids … 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

Relieving the Supreme Court’s Pain…..


Revisiting the constitutional right to Palliative Care Katherine Irene Pettus, PhD, a political theorist, was invited to write this commentary on April 18th.  She is currently writing a book on Palliative Care and Public Policy for SUNY Press to be published in 2013) New state laws aimed at curbing opioid access in regions experiencing what … Continue reading

Oncologists still not getting cancer pain management right!


In a 1993 ECOG Study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, Jamie Von Roenn and colleagues stated that US oncologists were not doing a very good job in treating cancer pain in the early 90s. This and other papers from ECOG, often under the leadership of Charlie Cleeland, were the impetus for efforts to improve … Continue reading

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