Jul 8, 2018
Where The Story Meets Pain
Volume 2: "Drug Deaths"
2. Drug Deaths
3. Doctors and Pain Patients
Despite our best efforts, we’ve yet to slow the rate of death related to drugs in our country… In the year 2016, there were 64,000 total drug-related deaths.
Something is not working, and that truth is getting increasingly difficult to stomach. Host, Zach Rhoads, has responded; he spent the last two years challenging the standard story about the opioid crisis.
He asked spoke to relevant experts who have spent their
lives thinking, writing, and speaking about this topic. He asked
them: Is there something wrong with— something missing from—
our standard story? Their answers ahead...
This investigative story has three parts:
1) Addiction (Is there a definition of "addiction" that provides us with a useful concept?)
2) An Epidemiology of Drug Deaths (Is the current rise in drug-related deaths as connected to 'opioids' as we commonly hear?)
3) Doctors and Pain
Patients (By rolling back pain
prescriptions, are we incentivizing doctors to provide quality care
OR to do serious harm? What happens to the patients for whom
prescribing opioids is their best
Today's Guests (& links to their bonafides)
Upcoming Guests (volume 3)
Stefan Kertesz (second interview) Doctor, writer, and advocate for quality care, including care of pain patients
Terri A. Lewis (PhD. expert on rehabilitation program administration)
Star Selleck (chronic pain patient)
Lauren Deluca (President and Founder of Chronic Illness Advocacy and Awareness Group)
Stanton Peele (continued interview) Psychologist, author, creator of the Life Process Program