Current Research

 Annotated Bibliography

Long-term Opioid Treatment of Nonmalignant Pain: A Believer Loses His Faith

This 2010 JAMA editorial by the Director of the SF Department of Public Health is a marvelous re-evaluation of unlimited opioid prescribing by a physician with both a heart (devoted to serving patients) and a head (long exterience in the treatment of chronic pain patients). The concept that chronic, nonmalignant pain needs to be treated with whatever dose of opioids it takes to relieve the pain needs to be questioned in light of current clinical experience and current scientific understanding.


The Traps of Treating Pain

This is a blog entry by a physician who is a columnist for the NY Times. It is a frank review of the complexities of clinical practice treating pain patients.