I have argued for the right of patients with relentless and chronic pain to get relief – and that means pain killers including opioids.
I have represented pain doctors who are healing not dealing when they prescribe pain killers to chronic pain patients.
But we have a national campaign and citizens up in arms who are endangering those in pain –because there is no nuance in their anti-pain medication campaign.
There’s pain in America — and our government is making it worse certain that pain medication can only cause addiction, when dependence on medication is not the same thing as addiction, and relief from pain is all that stands between many people and suicide.
We have politicians across the nation, who know less about the medical science than my Jack Russells, arguing that we must withhold opioids from chronic pain patients, despite the fact that this medication allows these men and women to function.
I was a federal prosecutor in New York in the “war against drugs” in the 1970s, along with then AUSA Rudy Giuliani, and we fought the good fight against drugs. We were chasing organized crime drug kingpins who were importing hundreds of kilos of pure heroin. We thought we were doing more than just imprisoning bad guys. We now know that taking these drug kingpins off the street did little to push back drug use in this nation.
Now we are chasing pain patients and their doctors. Continue reading