Pain in the news

Maia Szalavitiz of STATS.org wrote a post that was very critical of a recent Newsweek article on pain management and opioids. It’s good–addressing several common myths about addiction vs. dependence and opioids.

So, when I read the Newsweek article, I expected it to be crap. But it’s pretty good too. It does a good job making the case for the importance of serious pain management and it illustrates the binds that myths and stigma put doctors and patients in. They could have done a better job with the issue of iatrogenic addiction, but I suspect that pain patients and doctors are better off for this article having been published.