The Truth About The Opioid Epidemic In America

To the many thousands of us who belong to the general facial pain community on Facebook, this man needs no introduction. For the rest of you, please meet Red.

lawhernRichard A “Red” Lawhern, Ph.D. is the spouse of a chronic facial pain patient. He has advocated for pain patients and their family members for twenty years with online research, physician referrals, authoring of websites and critical commentaries. From Red’s website:

“I retired as a systems engineer and operations research analyst… In my so-called spare time, I support an online community called “Living with TN” as a moderator and content author, providing literature and internet research to chronic face pain patients. I also mentor young people who are struggling with life in our times.”

Lawhern is calling for the immediate withdrawal of the guidelines published by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding prescription of opiates to adult non-cancer, chronic pain patients. The grounds for this challenge include exceptionally poor science, professional bias, and known harms to patients and doctors in the arbitrary withdrawal of care.

These articles, letters, speeches, and interviews are part of Red’s relentless pursuit of ending the war that the US government is waging against chronic pain patients and restoring common sense to the prescribing of opiates.


Please feel free to download and use the following document for your use in lobbying your Congressional representatives.

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Red’s Recommended Reading