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WAR ON PAIN SUFFERERS Special Resource Collection #4: The Dr. William Hurwitz Collection   
December 15th, 2004, Dr. William Hurwitz was sentenced to federal prison, likely for the rest of his life. Billy Hurwitz is my friend, and he was the best of us docs who would, with all the knowledge and skill and compassion we could muster, try to help those who suffer physical and emotional pain. The trial of William Hurwitz was (wrongly) about the particulars of his medical practice. The appeal is in part about the viability of pain medicine and addiction medicine as ethical professional disciplines.
[Alexander DeLuca, M.D.; 2004-12-16 / 2005-09-27]


Compiled by Alexander DeLuca, M.D.; Addiction, Pain, & Public Health website (; Posted: 2005-09-01.
New! -  2007-05-12  - New!.
[Major Contributor: the expert membership of the Pain Relief Network, 'a think-tank that does things']
 Related resources: 
Main Index to War on Doctors Resources and Archives  ;  Selected Major Media on the War on Doctors and the Pain Crisis archives
See also: 
Introduction to the Hurwitz Collection -
Alexander DeLuca; 2005
Index and Introduction to the War on Pain Sufferers Special Resource Collections

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 New! - Hurwitz Lawyer Calls for Support Letters
Richard Sauber, attorney for Dr. Hurwitz; 2007-05-12
Hurwitz Family: The Jury Verdict on Dr. Hurwitz
Ken Hurwitz; WarOnDocs/PainCrisis; 2007-04-30
 New! - Good Cop, Bad Doctor - J. Sullum; Reason; 2007-05-02
The Accidental Drug Trafficker - J. Sullum; Reason; 2006-08-30
Collected Observations/Analysis of Court Proceedings, Jury Deliberations, and Verdict in the Retrial of Dr. William Hurwitz
At the [Hurwitz] Trial, Pain has a Witness - Tierney; NYTimes; 2007-04-24
Trafficker or Healer? And Who's the Victim? - Tierney; NYTimes; 2007-04-19
Hurwitz Re-Trial Update - Observations on Court Proceedings
Alexander DeLuca; War on Docs / Pain Crisis blog; 2007-04-18
What's an Ethical Doctor to Do? / Instructions to Jurors
John Tierney; TierneyLab; 2007-04-23/22
Hurwitz Wins Appeal - Letter to Advocates and Patients
Ken Hurwitz; 2006-08-23
Judge Dismisses Most Serious Charges Against Dr. Hurwitz
John Tierney; New York Times; 2007-03-27
Ominous Implications of the Hurwitz Appeal Decision?
Bill Marcus; NFTP listServ; 2006-08-22
Retrial of Pain Doctor Begins in VA
Associated Press; New York Times; 2007-03-27
Pain and Politics: DEA, Congress, and the Courts
Scott Fishman; Pain Medicine; 7(1): 87-88; 2006
Hurwitz Prosecutor Caught Up in US Attorneys Controversy
David Borden; The Speakeasy - Chronicle Blog; 2007-03-20
Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers
Ronald T. Libby; Cato Institute; 2005-06-16
Back to Square One - New Hurwitz Trial - K. Moore; 2006-08-31
Hurwitz Takes the Stand - K. Moore; 2004-12-09
The Prosecution of Dr. William Hurwitz - An Appeal from the Pain Management Legal Defense Fund - 2005-04-11
The Doctor is Not a Criminal - J. Sullum; National Review; 2005
New! - Healers and Dealers - J. Sullum; Reason; 2004-11-19
Challenge of Prescription Drug Misuse: Review and Commentary
William Hurwitz; Pain Medicine; 6(2); 2005-03
Pain Doctor William Hurwitz Wins Appeal, Gets New Trial
Drug War Chronicle #450; 2006-08-25
War on Drugs, War on Doctors, and the Pain Crisis in America
Alexander DeLuca; MPH thesis; Columbia Univ.; 2004
Unbalanced Coverage of [Hurwitz'] Successful Appeal
Maia Szalavitz, STATS, 2006-08-23
A Painful Decision
Ronald T. Libby; Cato Institute; 2004-12-21
Conviction Overturned , Judge Erred in Jury Instructions
Jerry Markon; Washington Post; 2006-08-23
Hurwitz Trial Updates: 12/3/04; 12/4/04; 12/7/04; 12/8/04; 12/9/04; 12/10/04; 12/13/04; 12/14/04; 12/15/2004-Fisher, Reynolds, Passik, Borden
THE PATHOLOGICAL DEA - Aftermath of the DEA FAQ Debacle
compiled by Alex DeLuca, 2006

Regarding Dr. Hurwitz's Case: Response to the Wash. Post
Joel Hochman, M.D., NFTP, 2002-12-16

'Good Faith' at Issue in Pain Doctor's [Hurwitz] Appeal 
Larry O’Dell; AP / Richmond Times-Dispatch; 2006-03-17
The Police State of Medicine
William Hurwitz, M.D. Drug Policy Foundation, 1997-10-18
Billy's Lament  and  The Appeal 
Poems by William Hurwitz; Arlington County Detention Center; 2005
Pain Without Treatment, Wrong Without Remedy
William Hurwitz, George Mason Law School, 1992
Chill Over Pain Management Deepens - [Hurwitz] Gets 25 Years
Drug War Chronicle #382; 2005-04-15
Weighing the Difference between Treating Pain and Dealing Drugs
Tina Rosenberg; Editorial Observer; New York Times; 2005-03-26
Hurwitz Appeal Decision: Sentence Vacated, New Trial
Widener, Traxler, and Currie; 4th Circuit Court of Appeals; 2006-08-22
The War on Pain Sufferers
Sheldon Richman; The Price of Liberty weblog; 2005-02-15
Brief of Appellant William Eliot Hurwitz
Robbins, Russell, & Taaffe; 2005 (Summer) [260 KB PDF]
Attorneys General to DEA on Vanishing Pain FAQ - 2005-01-19
Final Comment of AG's: DEA Actions Against MD's - 2005-03-21
Amicus Curiae - Association of American Physicians & Surgeons
Andrew L. Schlafly, Attorney for Amicus Curiae; AAPS; 2005-09-06
Conflict Over Pain Management Heats Up - Drug War Chronicle #368; 2004
The Amazing Vanishing DEA FAQ - Drug War Chronicle, #358; 2004
American Pain Foundation, National Pain Foundation, and National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain Brief - S. Rosenthal, 2005
 White House [OMB] Report Stings Drug Agency [DEA] on Abilities
Eric Lichtblau; NYT; 2003-02-05
Six Past-Presidents of the APS Express Concern Regarding "Serious Misrepresentations" in Testimony of Govt Expert Witness Dr. Ashburn
2 [Virginia] Docs [Hurwitz and Statkus] Linked to Deluge Of Drugs
Josh White, Washington Post, 2002-12-23
Comments of Frank Fisher Prior to Hurwitz Sentencing
Frank Fisher; PRN Press Conference; 2005-04-14
Classic:  No Relief in Sight - Jacob Sullum, Reason Online, 1997
Deadly Morals -
Katherine Finkelstein, Playboy, 1997
Reynolds / PRN Letter to Judge Wexler on Behalf of Dr. Hurwitz
Siobhan Reynolds; President, Pain Relief Network; 2005-04-03
 New! - State and DEA To Pain Patients: Drop Dead
David Borden; DCRNet; 1996
Letter to Judge Wexler in Support of Dr. Hurwitz
Alexander DeLuca, M.D., MPH; 2005-02-05

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