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Produced By Aaron Ferguson

Jul 19, 2018

Where The Story Meets Pain

Volume 3: "Pain Patients" 


Series Episodes: 

1. Addiction 

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 option?)

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Today's Guests (& links to their bonafides):

Stefan Kertesz (second interview) 

Doctor, writer, and advocate for quality care, including care of pain patients
On twitter @StefanKertesz 


Terri A. Lewis 

PhD. expert on rehabilitation program administration

On twitter @Tal7291 

Star Selleck 

Registered Nurse, Mother, advocate, and chronic pain patient


Lauren Deluca 

President and Founder of Chronic Illness Advocacy and Awareness Group

On twitter @CIAAG_Lauren


Stanton Peele
(continued interview) 

Psychologist, author, creator of the Life Process Program 

On Twitter @speele5