It’s not just opioids that are getting a bad rap from the federal government and the media. There’s another remedy for chronic pain which is in peril of being banned by the FDA and classified, along with heroin, as a Schedule I drug: kratom. What Is Kratom? Kratom is a substance derived from the tropical plantContinue reading Government Ban on Kratom Still Looms Large on the Horizon
What Was Said or Missed in the FDA Opioid Policy Steering Committee Hearings? by Richard A Lawhern, Ph.D., as published in National Pain Report. Many years ago, a stand-up comic named Shelly Berman helped to immortalize a riddle told by Zen masters. “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” can have many answers. OneContinue reading What Is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?
by Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D., as published in The Crime Report According to the best evidence we have, prescribing opioid painkillers for chronic pain patients has played only a minor role (if any) in yearly increases of overdose-related deaths. As I wrote recently in The Crime Report, “The US is now chasing the wrong epidemicContinue reading Criminalizing the Opioid Epidemic is No Way to Help Chronic Pain Sufferers
As published in The Crime Report Every first responder is familiar with the scenario. You are called to the scene of yet another drug overdose. Naloxone is administered. The comatose “victim” rouses and groggily stands up. Many refuse to be taken to hospitals and drift away. You are tempted to call out “see you againContinue reading Opioids: Chasing the Wrong “Epidemic”
Allow me to introduce Emily McSherry. Emily is the founder of Cannabis Forward which provides education pertaining to the science of cannabis to communities, legislators, and patients. As the FPAA Cannabis Legislation Reform Editor, from time to time Emily will contribute to the Face Facts blog and field your questions about cannabis for facial pain. Cannabis: A PrimerContinue reading Regarding Cannabis
If you read the news, you know that the presiding narrative on the opioid crisis is that it is being driven by prescriptions for opioid medication. While that premise would certainly make fighting the crisis a simple proposition, the only thing simple about it is that it is false. Sadly, it isn’t only the usualContinue reading Call To Action: Take This New York Times Survey!
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By Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D. as published in iPain Living, the magazine of the International Pain Foundation. We hear and read the glaring headlines every morning and evening from National media: America is in an opioid overdose crisis and prescription drugs are the supposed cause. The same messages are being shouted in Canada with equally direContinue reading A Message to Legislators: Stop Your Phony War On Pain Patients!
By Richard A. Lawhern, Ph.D. as published in the National Pain Report. This is edited from a letter sent to 25 legislative assistants of sitting members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. As of one week later, not one of them had responded to it. Dear Senate Staffer: It is likely that the December 17th articleContinue reading An Open Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee