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War on Doctors and the Pain Crisis in America
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  This Collection of web resource LINKs is organized into the following Series
Drug Policy sites - New links added! --> 2007-10-26
Pain sites -  New links added 2007-10-26:  ACT ME/CFS Society Inc.
Persecuted Physicians -  New links added 11/24/04
 See also:  The War on Pain Sufferers Special collections

Compiled by Alexander DeLuca, M.D. 1999 - 2005.   Most recently revised: 5/18/2005.
Drug Policy sites

America's Paindemic! - Why are we fighting our government for Pain Relief?

This website is dedicated to every pain sufferer abandoned by the medical community... The demand to be recognized and treated fairly deserves our attention, determination, and perseverance if we are to establish change.  I say this with all honesty and sincerity due to my own degrating experience suffering with pain, which no medical professional could see nor diagnose properly for over 20 years.

Agency of Fear: Opiates and Political Power in America - How the DEA Came to Be by Edward J. Epstein;  G. P. Putnam and Sons, NY; 1977.

"ODALE [Office of Drug Abuse Law Enforcement] forces could use court-authorized wiretaps and no-knock warrants... This unique office could also feed the names of suspects to a target-selection committee in the IRS, which would then initiate its own audits and investigations. The office received most of its funds not from congressional appropriations but from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA)..."

Drug War Rant by Peter Guither -- "There's a war going on. It destroys lives and families, spawns violence, suspends civil liberties, tramples on the infirm, locks up millions of peaceful citizens, costs billions, and subjugates reason with fear. This blog looks at the front lines of the drug war, with news, analysis, and the occasional rant."

A wealth of information on the War on Drugs and related Civil Liberties issues.
Especially see:
"Drug War Rant Articles" and, "Drug War Victims"

* Link added: 5/18/2005 * 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Majority power is limited by the Constitution's Bill of Rights, which consists of the original ten amendments ratified in 1791, plus the three post-Civil War amendments (the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth) and the Nineteenth Amendment (women's suffrage), adopted in 1920.

The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees.

Link added: 11/20/2004 *

Common Sense for Drug Policy

Common Sense for Drug Policy is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with offices in Washington, DC; Lancaster, PA; and Los Angeles, CA, dedicated to expanding discussion on drug policy by resonating the voices of those raising questions about existing law and educating the public about alternatives to current policies. See "About CSDP"
Lots of interesting features here, including:
Drug War Facts webpage
2004 Edition of "Drug War Facts" in PDF (1.4 Meg)
Public Service Ad Campaign
Effective Drug Control Strategy
Top Drug Warrior Distortions

* Link added: 11/20/2004 * 

The Drug Policy Alliance

"The Alliance is the nation's leading organization working to end the war on drugs. We envision new drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights and a just society in which the fears, prejudices and punitive prohibitions of today are no more."

Whether you love Exec. Dir. Ethan Nadelmann, or have a beef with him, the Drug Policy Alliance (formerly the Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation) is a major force in the anti-prohibition movement. On the website, note particularly the excellent "Library and Publications" section. Also strong offerings in the areas of "Reducing Harm," "Whats Wrong with the Drug War," "Drugs, Police and the Law," and "Marijuana: the Facts." Discussion forums, a Blog and an email newsletter are also available.

* Link added: 11/20/2004; Revised: 11/24/2004 *

The Drug Reform Coordinating Network (DRC Net)

"DRC Net was founded in 1993 and has grown into a major educational and advocacy organization and network of citizens working for reform of US drug laws and an end to prohibition, or legalization, worldwide.
Home of:
The Drug War Chronicle - 'the world's leading drug policy newsletter'"

* Link added: 11/20/2004 * 

Drug Scope

"[DrugScope's] aim is to inform policy development and reduce drug-related risk in the UK. We provide quality drug information, promote effective responses to drug taking, undertake research at local, national and international levels, advise on policy-making, [and] encourage informed debate..."

Sections I enjoyed exploring:
==> "Official Documents" page of domestic and international drug policies and strategies of various UK countries
==> "Good Practice and Research"
presents the key publications in reference to the key issues raised by drugs
==> "Drug Information" section including DrugSearch, FAQs, and "UK Drug Report on Trends"

Link added: 11/22/2004 *

Drug War Facts

"Updated regularly, Drug War Facts provides reliable information with credible citations on important criminal justice and public health issues... Our mission is to offer useful facts cited from authoritative sources to a debate which is often characterized by myths, error and emotion."

A very simple site layout, easy to read graphs and charts, and brief, accurate explanatory text make this a favorite place of mine for relaxed browsing of drug war statistics.

* Link added: 11/20/2004 *

Harm Reduction Coalition  
"The Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) is committed to reducing drug-related harm among individuals and communities by initiating and promoting local, regional, and national harm reduction education, interventions, and community organizing. HRC fosters alternative models to conventional health and human services and drug treatment; challenges traditional client/provider relationships; and provides resources, educational materials, and support to health professionals and drug users in their communities to address drug-related harm."

NYC office:
Oakland/SF Bay Area Office: 510-444-6969; 

* Link added: 11/20/2004 *

Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU Ltd.)
IDMU, a UK website, is the largest producer of drug user surveys, 
research and results in the areas of medical cannabis, UK drug prices, 
drugs and the law, and has an online survey for drug users. A very interesting 
site, especially for those perhaps more familiar with U.S. drug policy issues and approaches. 

* Link added: 11/20/2004 *

ReconsiDer: Forum on Drug Policy

"ReconsiDer is a grassroots not-for-profit membership organization... to provide a forum for discussing alternatives to... the war on drugs. Our tax-exempt mission is to educate the public about drugs and drug policies, including the problems caused by using criminal sanctions... and alternatives... being employed by other democratic nations around the globe."

Good selection of resource links to drug policy, law enforcement, statistics, civil liberties, treatment and government websites. Other interesting sections including NY State drug policy news. Be sure and check out the section entitled "Perennial Favorites"

* Link added: 11/20/2004 * 

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Pain  sites

ACT ME/CFS Society Inc.
(ACT Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Society, Inc.)

This group provides support services for members in Australia, provides information to sufferers and physicians, and raises funds for research. Came to my attention due to the impressive array and quality of the information they make available. The Links to other Websites and Webpages is a collection of collections of links pages on a variety of pain related topics. Happy browsing and searching!

Aims to provide a comprehensive, highly informative and useful resource for understanding, preventing, and seeking appropriate treatment for back and neck pain and related conditions. This site has been developed by a multi-specialty group of medical professionals. It is HONcode certified. I can vouch for the pain forums on - they are excellent - an open-minded, compassionate community of pain patients helping each other and sharing information.
Spine-Health Back Pain and Chronic Pain Discussion Forums
Spine-Health Back Pain Blogs

American Pain Foundation

"The American Pain Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization serving people with pain through information and advocacy. Online resource for people in pain, their family, friends, caregivers, the media, legislators, and the general public." I believe they are affiliated with the American Pain Society (see below).

Lots of good information, nicely laid out.
*Link added: 1/9/2005*

American Pain Society

"For People in Pain,", the APS is a multidisciplinary scientific and professional society offering an online directory of pain treatment facilities where you may search for a pain specialist to consult regarding your individual situation.
* Link added: 1/9/2005 *

Eli D. Stutsman
Attorney at Law - practice focused upon appellate litigation in state and federal courts

"I sued John Ashcroft (Complaint (1.21 MB)) and the DEA in federal district court on behalf of a physician and pharmacist... threatened with federal criminal prosecutions... [This] Ninth Circuit's ruling is an important victory for physicians, pharmacists, and patients everywhere because it establishes the precedent that the 'Attorney General may not define the scope of legitimate medical practice,' and that 'state lawmakers, not the federal government, are the primary regulators of professional medical conduct.''"

Eli Stutsman is a very important man in the movement to protect doctors and pain patients from the persecution and denial of basic medical services that stem directly from the the Controlled Substances Act and the defacto regulation of medical practice by a federal law enforcement agency, the DEA. There is good background information on his website, as well as information on his current cases including that of Dr. Deborah Bordeaux.

* Link added: 11/27/2004 *

Our Chronic Pain Mission

OCPM's mission is to provide support, understanding and information for people who suffer with pain.

The website has many interesting sections; I highly recommend:
The Case of Dr. Hurwitz
Prosecuted Physicians and Pain Politics
Dr. Fisher's Physician/Patient Survival Kit

Link added: 11/18/2004 

The Pain Relief Network

PRN is a network of pain patients, family members of people in pain, physicians, attorneys, and activists who are working toward a day when people in pain will be afforded the simple dignity and compassion due all ill Americans.


Please help! Join the Pain Relief Network!!

* Link added: 11/18/2004 *

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Persecuted Physicians sites

Dr. Frank Fisher's website
Drug Warriors Arrest Pain Doctor - The Battle Against Drug Cops Over Patient Rights

"Dr. Dr. Fisher was the medical director of a community health center, caring for the rural poor in Northern California. On the morning of February 18, 1999, he was arrested and charged with 5 counts of murder, by agents from the California Attorney Generalís office who mistook him for a drug dealer. After a 21 day preliminary hearing, a judge threw out all the murder charges. The Attorney Generalís office continued to pursue lesser charges against the doctor, despite abundant evidence of his innocence, and despite a deepening scandal involving misconduct by state officials. On January 14, 2003, after almost 4 years of relentless prosecution, all charges were dismissed, on the first day of trial when the government finally admitted it didn't have the evidence. "

* Link added: 11/24/2004 *

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