pain

My Old Doctor Gave Me Methadone. Being Forced Into a Clinic Ruined It.

I lost my leg in a car accident when I was 15. A little while after, I started having pain…

July 9, 2024

A Close Look at Denial of Pain Meds to People Who Use Drugs

For people who use drugs, accessing prescription pain medication when needed can be a severe challenge. A new paper digs…

April 18, 2024

They Call Me a Drug Seeker. Here’s What Their Opioid Policies Did to Me.

My life changed in a matter of seconds, when in 2010 I sustained a serious spinal injury in a tree-cutting…

February 27, 2023

The State of Research on Cannabis as an Opioid “Exit Drug”

It’s legal for adult use in 19 states, two territories and DC, and for medical use in 37 states, four…

September 29, 2022

Win for Pain Patients as SCOTUS Cuts DEA’s Power to Persecute Prescribers

On June 27, the United States Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the government cannot rightfully prosecute prescribers for violating the…

June 28, 2022

US Drug Czar Acknowledges the Medical Value of Marijuana

On June 27, the White House "drug czar" recognized the therapeutic potential of marijuana in pain treatment, and said that…

June 28, 2022

The Ways We “Monsterize” Drug Use, Pain and People

[This article is an adapted excerpt from On Opium: Pain, Pleasure, and Other Matters of Substance, which was published in…

November 30, 2021

How Fear, Misinformation, Stigma Have Devastated US Pain Patients

Tamera Lynn Stewart had been taking prescribed opioids for 12 years to treat her chronic pain, following some cancer-related surgeries.…

April 28, 2021

How Artists Are Reimagining the Overdose Crisis

Last year, I volunteered at a harm reduction center where fights and cold sweats broke out, war stories and grudges…

December 17, 2020

DEA Wants to Surveil Patients. Trans Men Stopped Them Once Before.

Throughout the past decade, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sought to encroach on patients’ privacy by accessing their prescription records…

November 16, 2020