• August 04, 2017 / 2 Comments Will Brain Injuries End the Game of Football?

    Sports are central to American culture; they teach kids the concepts of hard work, perseverance, and teamwork. Each sport has its own risks for specific injuries, but football is particularly dangerous because it can cause extensive damage to the brain. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that […]

  • July 05, 2017 / one Comment The Painful Statistics

    The realization that you will have chronic pain for the rest of your life is life-altering. Now imagine that the pain you are feeling can be lessened with a prescription that your doctor won’t prescribe and your pharmacy won’t dispense. Produced by Dr. Lynn R. Webster and Craig Wirth, The Painful Truth Documentary examines the agony that […]

  • May 23, 2017 / one Comment The Puzzle of Pain

    Dr. Mary Lynch, like Dr. Webster,  understands that opioids aren’t the first line of treatment. Dr, Lynch only turns to opioids once the level of pain is intolerable, or the quality of life is compromised. In her experience, the chances of a patient developing a long-term addiction to opioids are quite low. She believes that opioids do […]

  • October 12, 2016 / 7 Comments Dr. Lynn Webster Talks Opioid Use on Reddit Ask Me Anything

    PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS MUST BE USED WITH CARE Our country is currently facing a crisis. The CDC estimates that opioids were involved with more than 28,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2014. The CDC estimates that at least half involved a prescription opioid. The numbers are staggering. Opioids cannot simply be dismissed, however. Despite the inherent […]

  • October 07, 2016 / 6 Comments The United State of Grief

    Steven D. Passik, Ph.D., is a Pennsylvania-based pain psychologist. I’m proud to call him a friend. He is a giant in the field of pain medicine, but that doesn’t make his family members immune to the problems that other chronic patients face. Steve lost his mother on September 14, 2016. He’s given me permission to […]

  • August 11, 2016 / 4 Comments NPR – Patients Seek Out Alternatives to Opioids in Treatment of Chronic Pain

    Opioids are often considered mandatory for treatment of chronic pain, but many patients would prefer an alternative. Doctors say those alternatives may also work better in some cases. Link to NPR All Things Considered

  • May 29, 2016 / one Comment The Painful Truth According to @SteveTransform of @transformdrugs

    According to Steve Rolles, Senior Policy Analyst for Transform (who was quoted in an article in Sputnik News): “The drivers of drug dependence are a complex mix of social and cultural factors — including [such] inequality as poverty, as well as wider issues with education, mental health and social service provision. Problematic drug use tends […]

  • May 16, 2016 / 0 Comments Prince and Why We Need More Compassion About Addiction

    We don’t yet know why Prince died. The facts aren’t in, and I don’t want to draw conclusions until I have more information. That said, some entertainment media outlets (TMZ, Variety, and more) are reporting that Prince was treated with naloxone, which is the antidote for opioids including heroin, in the days before his death. […]

  • May 16, 2016 / one Comment This is How Prince’s Death Begins Conversation about Addiction

    The Conversation Is About Compassion and Addiction When I published my recent blog, Prince and Why We Need More Compassion About Addiction, I began by saying that we didn’t yet know why Prince died. The facts weren’t in, and I didn’t want to draw conclusions until I had more information. I still don’t have all […]

  • May 16, 2016 / one Comment Open Letter to Prince’s Supporters and Devoted Fans

    Fans and Supporters Saddened by Loss of Prince When the news broke about the death of Prince, and reporters began to link his death to a possible opioid addiction, I empathized with his fan base and supporters who were deeply saddened by the loss. All the facts weren’t in — they’re still not — but […]

  • May 04, 2016 / 0 Comments This is the Role of Pharmacists in Pain Medicine – an interview with Jeffery Fudin, PharmD

    This is the role of pharmacists in pain medicine – an interview with Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD. Dr. Lynn Webster: Hello, this is Dr. Lynn Webster. Thank you for listening to this Pain Topics series of interviews on Today, I’m fortunate to have with us Dr. Jeffrey Fudin. Thank you, Jeffrey, for participating,today, in our […]

  • April 25, 2016 / 0 Comments This is the Opioids Paradox for Chronic Pain Patients

    Our wise elders had a saying: moderation is the key to happiness. Unfortunately, there is little moderation where opioids are concerned. They are both over-prescribed and under-prescribed for patients in chronic pain. This results in what I call the opioids paradox. Read the whole post here on my book blog: The Painful Truth

  • April 25, 2016 / 3 Comments Will New Opioids Restrictions Reduce Overdoses?

    Politicians and some government officials tell us that the new CDC opioid guidelines will reduce deaths due to overdoses. But, based on the evidence we’ve seen so far, that is unlikely. The latest CDC report shows a continual increase in opioid-related overdose deaths despite about a 25% decrease in the number of opioids prescribed.  This […]

  • April 08, 2016 / 4 Comments Can Marijuana Really Treat Pain or Is It Snake Oil?

    When the news first broke about comedienne Whoopi Goldberg’s latest venture, selling products that include marijuana to ease menstrual cramps, I thought: Holy cow! Here’s an excellent example of why the DEA needs to reschedule marijuana. It appears to be a wild frontier with efforts to turn marijuana into the latest snake oil. Like snake […]

  • February 26, 2016 / one Comment Is Acupuncture Effective in Relieving Chronic Back Pain? A guest post by Matt Bailey

    Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical treatment to cure body pain and has been considered a safe method to relieve body pain for decades. Acupuncture works by promoting the body’s natural self-healing process. This 3,000-year old traditional medical treatment has proven to be effective in most cases of chronic body pain. The method of acupuncture […]




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