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Doctors seek ways to manage pain without dangerous drugs

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Last fall, St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam opened a clinic to treat an ailment that’s as old as humanity itself: pain. Since then, the clinic has drawn a steady stream of patients, about 20 a day, and those numbers are growing, according to Dr. Jason Steindler, the physician hired to head the Pain Management Center. When they arrive, they undergo a detailed assessment, rating their own pain, as well as their potential for drug addiction. ...

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June 9, 2013
11:20 a.m.

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I resent the fact that a pain management facility would require "Patients taking pain pills as part of their treatment regimen sign a contract, and can be asked to undergo urine testing at any time" and I find it outrageous, especially as the population ages and there is more of a need for pain management, that medical providers would be "frugal" in prescribing meds that adequately address pain. Addiction is a completely separate disease and there are plenty of people that rely on beta blockers for the heart, antidepressants for anxiety and depression, Ritlin and Adderall for ADHD and a plethora of other medications taken and prescribed so patients can stay well and live a full and active life. Many of these medications can also be considered addictive in that they cannot be stopped abruptly and must be tapered. The patients responsible with their meds are being sacrificed because of some teenagers and college students that are raiding their parents and grandparents medicine cabinets for drugs to take and sell on the street. It's a darn shame.

June 9, 2013
9:15 p.m.

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I am more concerned about my prescription history being available on-line to all doctors, pharmacists and especially law enforcement. Seems another way to use the information to take away more constitutional rights. Sounds kind of fishy to me.

June 10, 2013
6:57 a.m.

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The report recommends that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services develop a comprehensive plan to help “the vast multitude of people with various types of pain.” This plan should include measures to better educate people about pain and how to manage it, improve pain assessment and management in the delivery of healthcare services and research pain itself.

It amazes me that marijuana wasn't mentioned as a tool to manage pain. I guess the fear of competition from the big pharmaceutical companies prevents such a common sense approach in this report.