On Saturday, June 13, an afternoon that began in searing heat but ended in a drenching thundershower, patients and physicians gathered at the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC to protest the undertreatment of chronic pain, the maltreatment of chronic pain patients and the persecution of doctors who prescribe narcotics for pain as needed. Signs and t-shirts read "stop pain now" and "get the DEA out of my doctor's office". Awards were presented to several physicians who have courageously stood up for the rights of patients.
One piece of good news that was reported was that the DEA, after two long years, has finally restored Dr. William Hurwitz's license to prescribe narcotics (see http://www.drcnet.org/guide10-96/pain.html). The Virginia Board of Medicine restored his state licenses several months ago, and in a dramatic about face, praised his method of pain treatment and encouraged him to continue.
Photos from the March Against Pain are online at http://www.widomaker.com/~skipb/Wash.html. Visit the American Society for Action on Pain (ASAP) at http://www.actiononpain.org for ongoing information on the subject.
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Issue #46, 6/19/98
McCaffrey Calls Legalization Movement "a devious fraud" -- Senator Biden Proposes Hearings | Republican Drug War Amendment to Tobacco Bill Passes Senate, but Legislation Will Likely Fizzle | Pain Patients Protest at Capitol, Blast DEA and Medical Boards | Report on the Heroin Maintenance Conference in New York | Money Laundering Sting Sparks International Incident | Royal Canadian Mounted Police Aided in Money Laundering | Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse Recommends Decriminalization | French Government Report: Marijuana Poses Less Danger Than Alcohol | District of Columbia Medical Marijuana Initiative Seeking Volunteers, Petition Deadline Coming Up | Editorial: A Marker on the Path to Sanity
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