Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers
The Drug Enforcement Administrations War on Prescription Painkillers
By Ronald T. Libby
Since 2001, the federal government has accelerated its pursuit of physicians it alleges are contributing to an increase of prescription-drug addiction. These highly publicized indictments and prosecutions have frightened many physicians out of the field of pain management, exacerbating an already serious health crisisthe widespread undertreatment of severe chronic pain.