Alexander DeLuca: 2002 - 2005. Page modified: 2005-10-12. Most recent addition:
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Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers
The DEA's War on Prescription Painkillers
by Ronald T. Libby, Cato Policy
Analysis #545; 2005-06-16 --
is waging an aggressive,
intemperate, unjustified war on pain doctors [which] bears a remarkable
resemblance to the [Reign of Terror] against docs under the Harrison Act
of 1914, which made it a [federal crime] for physicians to prescribe
[opioids] to addicts."
Scholarly, thorough, in-depth
analysis - excellent work! Especially strong examination of DEA's
vindictive media manipulation tactics.
The Quality of Mercy -
Why Effective Pain Treatments aren't
Used by Brownlee et al; US New&World Report;
"What is lacking is not the way to
treat pain effectively but the will to do it.
afraid to prescribe... out of fear [of] overzealous law enforcers"
Major coverage of the pain crisis circa mid '90's. This article could pass
as current. Hell, so could Rufus King: "Jailing
the Healers and the Sick" published in 1953 Yale Law Review. <sigh>
The Challenge of Prescription Drug Misuse: A Review
Hurwitz; Pain Medicine; 6(2); March '05
article presents an analysis of... illicit use [and suggests] that a...
policy focused on physicians is unlikely to reduce the overall
use of illicit drugs, but that it is likely to have an adverse
impact on [medical ethics and] pain treatment."
Hurwitz - carefully constructed and complex analysis and a unique view
on the data. Explains exactly why seeking 'Balance' & 'Aberrant
behaviors' & 'Appeasement' will always fail.
Brilliant, important work!
Tragedy of Needless Pain by Ronald Melzack;
Scientific American; 262(2); 1990. -- "Society's
failure to distinguish between the emotionally impaired addict and the
psychologically healthy pain sufferer has affected every segment of the
population. Perhaps the most distressing example is unnecessary pain in
Police State of Medicine by William Hurwitz, M.D.; 1997.
"I will begin with a review of the legal
events in my case. I will then tell you about my patients
and the impact of the legal action against me on them.
Finally, I would like to address two related questions:
1) How does the police state of medicine
affect medical care?
2) What can we do about it?"
Comment: A true classic in War On Doctors annals.
Now reformatted for improved readability and Print Version
The Narcotics Bureau and the Harrison Act: Jailing The Healers And The Sick.
by Rufus B. King, Yale Law Review, 1953.
Division had what it wanted. Any doctor who prescribed any
narcotic drug to any addict could be threatened with
prosecution or packed off to prison and good faith was no
defense. Immediately there commenced a reign of terror. The
medical profession was shamelessly bullied and threatened,
until it withdrew, totally and irrevocably, as the addict's
last point of contact with society."
Drug Hang-Up, America's Fifty Year Folly.
by Rufus B. King, 1972.
A true classic! This with King's
Jailing the Healers and the Sick, and Brecher's
Illicit Drugs, are critical to understanding the
historical crux of the War on Drugs / War on Doctors.
June 8, 2004:
All Chapters Available
June 24, 2004: Print
June 24, 2004: PDF
for Chaps 16 - 30**
and Illicit Drugs
by Edward Brecher and the Editors of
Consumers Reports Magazine, 1972.
A demystifying experience. This work and Rufus
the Healers and the Sick' and 'The
Drug Hang-up, America's Fifty Year Folly' provide the
historical context for understanding the war on doctors and
the pain crisis in America.
Madness by Eric Snider, Weekly
Planet, 6/17/2004 -- This is an
EXCELLENT article about Richard Paey, a patient with failed
back syndrome, recently sentenced to 25 years in prison.
His *only* crime was trying to ease his pain. --
THIS IS SO WRONG ==> Please
join the Pain Relief Network ..alex...
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Part 1. A New Disease? //
Part 2. The Case for Opiates
by Daniel Brookoff; Hospital Practice; 2000.
"If a patient's physical pain has prevented him or her
from living life fully, using a medication that allows a
return to normal activities cannot be called drug abuse."
-- Compare and contrast to the
article by Ballantyne (directly below). Brookoff
is accurate, thorough, and lacks the creepy, vapid feeling
of Ballantyne's work. This is a far better Review, IMO.
Trends in the medical use and abuse of opioid analgesics -
by David Joranson, JAMA, 2000.
"The trend of increasing medical use of opioid
analgesics to treat pain does not appear to contribute to
increases in the health consequences of opioid analgesic
DEA's War on Pain Doctors -
by Frank Owen;
Village Voice. 11/05/2003.
"What's going on
here is morally reprehensible and medically incomprehensible
and it has to stop. Doctors who treat pain patients are not
JOIN the Pain Relief Network !!
Relief in Sight - by Jacob Sullum, Reason Online.
agony, and death are the symptoms of 'opiophobia,'
a well-documented medical syndrome fed by fear, superstition,
and the war on drugs. Doctors suffer the syndrome. Patients
suffer the consequences." (Jacob Sullum,
Morals - by Katherine Finkelstein, Playboy
Magazine. "The DEA is busting doctors
for prescribing medications - and patients are dying in pain."
Pain is Under-treated in the U.S. - by Skip
Society for Action on Pain
Just No Justice in the War on Drugs - by Milton
Friedman, New York Times. "Can
our laws be moral if they have so racist an effect?"
Treating Pain During a Drug War;
by Siobhan Reynolds,
Pain Relief Network, 10/19/2003.
"The drug war bureaucracy threatens the
medical system at many levels, with varying degrees of
bullying and violence. In turn, the medical community has
made adaptations in the way pain care is delivered to avoid
being on the direct receiving end of the violence... [Every]
single aspect of pain management... has been distorted by
the imperatives of the War on Drugs. These adaptations have
resulted in a civil rights and health catastrophe."
& the Law website (EXCELLENT
new web resource!)
Policy Alliance website (The nation's leading
organization working to end the war on drugs.)
(Dr. Weitzel attracted the attention of
regulators because he was a “psychiatrist prescribing
mischaracterized a string of deaths that had occurred in the
past, the state brought homicide charges, the DEA brought
other, unrelated charges, and Dr. Weitzel was imprisoned and
has lost almost everything. THIS IS THE
WAR ON DOCTORS in America.)
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Reason Online is entirely free! Also, see their
EXCELLENT collection of 29 articles on the "War
on Drugs" written over the period 1/26/00 - 2/8/02.