DEA chasing doctors

A Washington Post article by Marc Kaufman details the expansion of the War on Drugs into doctors' offices. Some excerpts:

Jeri Hassman, one of Tucson's busiest pain doctors and a specialist in rehabilitation, was getting ready to inject a patient with a pain-killing treatment one day in March when federal officials burst into her Calmwood clinic, took off her jewelry, put her in handcuffs and led her to jail. [...]

"There have been a number of very high-profile cases, and they have been a learning lesson to other physicians," said Elizabeth Willis, chief of drug operations for the DEA Office of Diversion Control. "We think doctors are much more aware of appropriate guidelines for prescribing OxyContin now." [...]

"Treating people in pain isn't easy, and there aren't black-and-white answers," he said, agreeing that some doctors have not been sufficiently careful about potential problems with addiction and diversion of drugs. "But what's happening now is that the medical ambiguity is being turned into allegations of criminal behavior. We have to draw a line in the sand here, or else the treatment will be lost, and millions of patients will suffer." [...]


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""But what's happening now

""But what's happening now is that the medicaambiguitis being turned into allegations of criminabehavior. We have to draw a line in the sand here, or else the treatment will be lost..."

We're talking about unchecked aggression here, Dude. They peed on your rug.

As someone who's opposes

As someone who's opposes doctor-assisted suicide, proper treatment of pain is the only option to suicide for the terminally ill. Heck, an addiction to OxyContin or morphine shouldn't be considered a big deal for those who will soon die. Then there's the whole question of government allocation of resources. By going after pain doctors, the feds aren't going after serious threats like terrorists.