FDA Recognizes Prescription Pain Pill Dangers; Wants Limits on Most Prescribed Painkillers

In a major policy shift, the US Food and Drug Administration said in an online notice last month that hydrocodone-containing drugs should be subject to the same restrictions as other narcotic drugs like oxycodone and morphine. This is a welcome and overdue recognition of a problem that brings clients from all over the country to…

Addiction, Drug Abuse & Stigma – How This Fits With Chronic Pain

You may have recently read about Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans whose untimely death was caused by “acute hydromorphone intoxication” and “chronic pain syndrome” according to the death certificate. The story is incomplete and may never be complete–but, clearly, this talented performer died as a result of taking a powerful painkiller, perhaps without a prescription.…