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    If you a CPP, briefly skimming over this report it’s likely to anger some, but a more thorough read of the content should in fact encourage most, assuming of course the data is used within the context of, treating chronic pain with opioids is not the same as opioid misuse. The data will in fact help uncover drug abuse by those who attempt to exploit our healthcare system as yet another drug source in their efforts to continue their drug abuse efforts.

  • Authors Lawhem Trescot Nadeau

    Richard A Lawhern, Ph.D., Andrea Trescot, M.D., Stephen E Nadeau, M.D.

    Point papers are a long-standing tradition in military and government policy making circles.  Unlike most medical journal papers, they are formatted with a minimum of verbiage to summarize an issue for decision making.   The authors write in that tradition, adding references for key points.  We speak on behalf of millions of people in pain and their healthcare providers, who have been predictably and unnecessarily harmed by the 2016 CDC Guidelines on prescription of opioids to adults with chronic non-cancer pain. 

  • Soldiers with deep wounds sometimes feel no pain at all for hours, while people without any detectable injury live in chronic physical anguish. How to explain that?

    Over drinks in a Boston-area bar, Ronald Melzack, a psychologist, and Dr. Patrick Wall, a physiologist, sketched out a diagram on a cocktail napkin that might help explain this and other puzzles of pain perception. The result, once their idea was fully formed, was an electrifying theory that would become the founding document for the field of modern pain studies and establish the career of Dr. Melzack, whose subsequent work deepened medicine’s understanding of pain and how it is best measured and treated. Dr. Melzack died on Dec. 22 in a hospital near his home in Montreal, where he lived, his daughter, Lauren Melzack, said. He was 90, and had spent most of his professional life as a professor of psychology at McGill University.