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What's up with these "pain contracts"?

Spurred by the federal government's crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors around the country are resorting to "pain contracts" with patients in an attempt to protect themselves from charges they are Dr. Feelgoods. Such contracts typically require the patient to agree that "lost, stolen, or misplaced" drugs are not to be replaced and that the patient agree to be drug tested. Patients who refuse to sign such an agreement or who test positive for non-prescribed drugs--i.e. marijuana--are likely to be cut off. There is at least one chronic pain patient in the Veterans Administration system who is challenging the pain contracts. I will be writing about his ordeal next week. In the meantime, I sit and ponder: Who benefits from these contracts? It doesn't appear to be the patients, who are basically treated as criminal suspects for wanting to relieve their pain. And how does the Hippocratic Oath fit into this? I'll be digging into the whole sorry issue. Stay tuned.
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WADA Defends Stance on Cannabis

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China Daily
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http://english.people.com.cn/200610/03/eng20061003_308477.html

Video: SSDP Takes On Drug Testing Spokesman on Fox News

Footage is available online at the DARE Generation Diary blog.
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"V"iets is for VICTORY -- Attorney for NORML Successfully Defends 4th Amendment Rights in Drug Testing Case

I love a good victory -- good job Dan and NORML! Read NORML's press release on the victory in Missouri: For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 For More Information: Dan Viets: 573-819-2669 FEDERAL COURT ORDER BARS RANDOM DRUG TESTING OF MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH EMPLOYEES A federal Judge has granted a permanent injunction sought by the Missouri Affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) stopping the random drug testing of employees of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. The policy of such random drug testing was announced by then-Department Director Dorn Schuffman in April of 2005. The policy was implemented immediately with no discussion or input from the public or Department employees. Dan Viets, attorney for NORML in the suit, argued to the Court that random drug testing of government employees violates the 4th Amendment rights of those tested. The 4th Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches. Courts have held that drug tests are a type of search. Viets argued that the government would no more have the right to conduct a search of a person’s bodily fluids on a random basis than it has the right to randomly search the homes of citizens; both are explicitly prohibited by the Constitution. “While the Court’s order allows such testing under circumstances where there is a reason to suspect drug use, and of some employees of state habilitation centers, the most offensive and pervasive form of testing, random testing without any reason to suspect drug use, has been permanently stopped by this order,” Viets said.
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Roadside Drug Tests in Two Years (UK)

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United States
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The Scotsman
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http://news.scotsman.com/uk.cfm?id=1123982006

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