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  • May 18, 2015 / 3 Comments Patients Suffered First 100 Days After Hydrocodone Rescheduling

    Ignoring the Law of Unintended Consequences—which dictates that undesired outcomes result from a well-meant action—appears to be human nature. In trying to do good, people create more problems, in part because they fail to consider all the moving parts in a complex world. Simple human stupidity is another reason, but much can be explained by […]

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  • April 09, 2015 / 0 Comments Jennifer Aniston’s Oscar-Worthy Performance Shows Life With Chronic Pain

    Lynn R. Webster, MD Tinseltown does not generally have much in common with medicine, but the big screens will occasionally reflect what is happening in society. It’s been more than two decades since Tom Hanks won his first Best Actor Oscar award for his role in “Philadelphia,” a movie that contributed to a national social […]

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  • March 23, 2015 / one Comment Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs – Much Promise But Limited Progress

    by Lynn Webster, MD The Problems of Opioids During roughly the past two decades there have been significant increases in the prescription of opioid analgesics for helping millions of patients with pain disorders. At the same time, the United States is in the midst of an epidemic of misuse of these drugs and related abuse, […]

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  • March 04, 2015 / one Comment Time for a More Rational Cannabis Policy

    Individuals who suffer from severe chronic pain are caught in a double bind. Opioids contribute to the enormous societal harms of unintentional overdose, diversion and addiction, and data on their long-term effectiveness are conflicting and inadequate (Chou R, Turner JA, Devine EB, et al. The effectiveness and risks of long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain: […]

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  • February 09, 2015 / 0 Comments The Debate Over Running While High

    The grueling sport of ultramarathon has fostered a mingling of two seemingly opposite camps: endurance jocks and potheads. “If you can find the right level, [marijuana] takes the stress out of running,” says Avery Collins, a 22-year-old professional ultramarathoner. “And it’s a postrace, post-run remedy.” The painkilling and nausea-reducing benefits of marijuana may make it […]

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  • February 05, 2015 / 0 Comments Study Suggests Physician Dispensing of Opioids in Florida Led to Overprescribing

    Physician dispensing may have contributed to the unnecessary prescribing of strong opioids by some physicians in Florida, a recent study suggested. The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), an independent, notforprofit research organization, analyzed 46,192 claims from injured workers to gauge the effect of Florida’s antipill mill bill (HB 7095) on prescribing behavior. The ban, which went into effect on […]

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  • January 27, 2015 / 0 Comments The Relationship Between the Mechanisms of Action and Safety Profiles of Intrathecal Morphine and Ziconotide: A Review of the Literature

    Objective To better characterize safety profiles associated with the intrathecal (IT) administration of morphine and ziconotide and discuss how they relate to mechanisms of action. Methods Published data were evaluated to identify potential relationships between safety profiles of IT morphine and IT ziconotide and their mechanisms of action. Results Potentially severe and clinically relevant adverse […]

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  • January 26, 2015 / 0 Comments Lessons Learned From Abington Memorial Hospital’s New Institutional Methadone Policy

    Maria C. Foy, PharmD, remembers the patient who first piqued her research interest in methadone policy—a pregnant, recovering heroine addict on methadone therapy who presented to Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pa. “The incident made us aware that there was a real lack of understanding and knowledge on the use of methadone and the differences […]

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  • January 22, 2015 / 23 Comments VA Announcement a New Front in Fight Against Chronic Pain Among Veterans

    Images of happy reunions, embraces with family members and young parents seeing their infant sons and daughters for the first time have followed the more than 10,000 veterans settling in to civilian life having returned from service in Afghanistan. These images however belie the fact that many combat veterans will return to civilian life plagued […]

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  • September 04, 2014 / 0 Comments Medical marijuana laws may reduce painkiller overdoses

    By Saundra Young, CNN updated 3:24 PM EDT, Tue August 26, 2014 (CNN) — States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers looked at medical marijuana laws and death certificate data in […]

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  • September 04, 2014 / 0 Comments NFL players reveal nation’s poor treatment of chronic pain

    By DR. LYNN WEBSTER August 26, 2014 4:34PM As America’s most popular sport kicks into high gear, NFL fans will know about, follow closely and fret over player injuries. Yet, even with so much attention, pro football players experiencing some form of chronic pain will say they feel alone and that no one is listening. […]

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  • September 04, 2014 / 5 Comments DEA Ends Investigation of Pain Doctor

    DEA Ends Investigation of Pain Doctor Lynn Webster, MD In 2013, it came to light that three year’s earlier the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had opened an investigation of then-president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) Lynn Webster, MD, related to overdose deaths at Dr. Webster’s Lifetree Pain Clinic in Salt Lake City. […]

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