When you hear the words “opioid crisis,” you probably think about tragic deaths from addiction. But there is another opioid crisis, one I know well: the inability of pain patients to access the medication
The March 10 editorial “Another painful truth about opioids” cited a Veterans Affairs study showing that opioids are not effective for managing long-term back pain as evidence that “the opioid epidemic’s
As the feds crack down on opioid prescriptions, patients are taking their own lives, doctors are losing their jobs and overdose rates continue unabated. Jay Lawrence, an energetic truck driver in his 30s,
Doctors are already getting spooked out of prescribing painkillers, and new rules could make life in some of America's struggling communities even worse. Before she turned 18, Anne*, a nurse, had endured
The DEA alleges that the dosages were so high that patients must be selling some of the drugs, even though they present no evidence of any such activity by patients. One of the few remaining physicians
This is the first of a three-part series on the nation's struggle to address a crippling opioid crisis, and the unintended victims left in its wake. It happened slowly. The pain caused by a 1980 back the
Katie Tulley suffers from an incurable bladder disorder so painful that it feels “like tearing skin off your arm and pouring acid on it, 24/7,” she said. On scans, the organ looks like an open sore. Ms.