Send comments, tips,
and suggestions to:
DrugWarRant
Join us on Pete's couch.
couch

DrugWarRant.com, the longest running single-issue blog devoted to drug policy, is published by the Prohibition Isn't Free Foundation
facebooktwitterrss
August 2007
M T W T F S S
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Archives

Authors

Opiophobia

In the Washington Times: Painful drug war victory

“Opiophobia” is a term that describes doctors’ increasing unwillingness to prescribe opioid painkillers Í a class of drugs that includes Vicodin and OxyContin Í and especially high-dose opioids, to those in pain. This fear is rooted in the DEA’s practice of jailing those doctors it deems are prescribing outside “legitimate medical standards.” […]
Call it “opiophobia,” call it a “chilling effect,” or simply, doctors behaving rationally, the result is the same: massive underprescription of opioids and radical undertreatment of pain. A Stanford study puts the number of undermedicated chronic pain patients at about 50 percent. According to the American Pain Society, fewer than 50 percent of cancer patients receive sufficient pain relief.

The responsibility of states to their people

When New Mexico passed their medical marijuana law that required the state to supply patients with marijuana, that turned some heads — surely this was an interesting end run around the approach of busting medical marijuana dispensaries that the DEA uses in California. How would the DEA bust a state? The problem, unfortunately, is that […]