Patients with Migraine and other pain - caught in the middle
@trobert Health Guide
This is supposed to be the "Decade of Pain Control and Research." There's even a law that says so, but patients in pain would never know it. There are times when it seems that the "war on drugs" has turned into a war on patients in pain and the doctors who would like to prescribe for them. In 2004, the DEA issued a document, Prescription Pain Medications: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals, and Law Enforcement Personnel. But as soon as attorneys for Dr. William Hurwitz, a doctor who was being persecuted -- errr, ummmmm prosecuted -- over his prescribing of pain medications, notified the prosecuting attorney that this document would be used in his defense, the DEA suddenly withdrew the document.
Karen Lee Richards, an expert on our ChronicPainConnection site has written a thought provoking piece I hope you'll read, Pain Patients Should Not be the Victims in the War on Drugs.
Published On: April 01, 2007