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?
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!
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