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Book and Media Reviews
October 20, 2010

Pain Control and Drug Policy: A Time for Change

JAMA. 2010;304(15):1727-1728. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1526

Guy Faguet, a retired hematologist-oncologist, begins his text on drug policy with an overview of the history and politics of the regulation of mind-altering drugs (eg, alcohol, opioids), setting the framework for a discussion of US drug policy on pain control, drug abuse, and addiction. He is strident in his criticism of current US and global drug policy and presents a strong case that the United States has failed to develop effective programs to address proper medical use of opioids as well as control of their illegal use. He points to the War on Drugs as a major cause for the undertreatment of chronic pain, and he cites the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for interfering with medical practice.

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