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Produced By Aaron Ferguson

Jun 26, 2018

Where The Story Meets Pain


volume 1 (of 3)  


Series Episodes: 

1. Addiction 

2. Drug Death

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 option?)

Today's Guests (& links to their bonafides)

Stanton Peele 
(See Stanton's Online Life Process Program for addictions) 

Maia Szalavitz

Marc Lewis 

Jacob Sullum 


Guests on Episode 2 & 3


Jacob Sullum (continued interview)


Stefan Kertesz (Doctor, writer, and advocate for quality care, including care of pain patients) 


Robert Rose (United States Marine and chronic pain patient)


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)