Jul 19, 2018
Where The Story Meets Pain
Volume 3: "Pain Patients"
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 spent the last two years challenging the standard story about the opioid crisis.
He 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
ALL AUDIO is the original music of Aaron Ferguson
Today's Guests (& links to their bonafides):
Stefan Kertesz (second interview)
PhD. expert on rehabilitation program administration
Registered Nurse, Mother, advocate, and chronic pain patient
President and Founder of Chronic Illness Advocacy and Awareness Group
Stanton Peele (continued interview)
Psychologist, author, creator of the Life Process Program