War on Drugs – War on Chronic Pain Management

I’ve been teaching healthcare providers since 1996 that there is no such thing as a bad prescription drug; it’s how they’re used and who they are used with that can have positive or negative consequences.  For example, I know that a lot of people have died from OxyContin, but I have yet to see one documented case where the person who died was taking it “exactly as prescribed.”

I agree that prescription drug abuse and addiction is a very big problem but the War on Drugs type of approach just can’t fix this healthcare issue.  In fact, I also believe that many people in chronic pain are not getting the pain relief they need and deserve due to the fear-mongering that comes from the DEA and other political sources that demonize pain patients and pain doctors. 

Last year I received an update from Join Together titled “Prescription Drugs Blamed for Rising Overdose Deaths.”  In part, this update reported that overall sales of prescription drugs have increased almost 500 percent since 1990.  To link to the full page please Click Here.

To learn about two skill trainings coming up in Sacramento California designed to teach treatment strategies for people living with chronic pain and coexisting disorders including disorders including addiction and prescription drug abuse please Click Here.

To read more about my thoughts about the impact on pain management from the so-called war on drugs, please read my article War on Drugs – War on Pain Management that you can download for free on our Ariticles page.


You can learn more about the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System at our website www.addiction-free.com. If you are working with people in chronic pain or living with chronic pain yourself and want to learn how to develop a plan for managing the pain and coexisting psychological disorders including PTSD or addiction effectively please go to our Publications page and check out my book the Managing Pain and Coexisting Disorders: Using the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. To purchase this book please Click Here.

To listen to a radio interview I did conducted by Mary Woods for her program One Hour at a Time please Click Here to go to this interview.

To read the latest issue of Chronic Pain Solutions Newsletter please Click here. If you want to sign up for the newsletter, please Click here and input your name and email address. You will then recieve an autoresponse email that you need to reply to in order to finalize enrollment.

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