pain

To Taper a Pain Patient? It’s Never One-Size-Fits-All

Many years ago, I broke my ankle⁠—tibia and fibula⁠—in a fall from a horse. It was compound and comminuted, meaning…

5 months

How Did We Come to Abandon America’s Pain Patients?

Overdoses—not those involving prescription opioids, but of heroin and illicit fentanyl, often combined with benzodiazepines—continue to go up. But opioid…

5 months

Pain Patients Like Me Are Rising Up Against Discrimination and Suffering

If it were up to me, it’s unlikely I would be sitting down to write about my life with chronic…

7 months

How Helpful—Or Harmful—Are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs?

Before admitting new patients to his practice, Dr. Miguel Diaz checks their prescription history. Diaz, a family medicine physician with…

8 months

Why Are Methadone Patients Still Being Punished for Marijuana Use?

Marijuana, which is now legal for medical use in 33 states and counting, can help treat pain—something which opioids also…

8 months

“Nation’s Most Comprehensive Lawsuit”—Now NY Takes On Purdue and the Sacklers

Museums around the world, from New York City's Guggenheim to London's Tate Modern, have begun refusing donations from the Sackler family,…

8 months

My Life of Overusing Pills for Back Pain in a Grueling Factory Job

I have a factory-floor job here in Montreal, Canada. I wake up each morning at 5 am for what is…

10 months