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Medical Marijuana for VA Patients

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) specifically prohibits its medical providers to provide recommendations and opinions about medical marijuana. That may be changing. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bi-partisan Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment that allows VA doctors…

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How to Talk to Your Pain Doctor – One Patient’s Response

Editor’s Note: Recently Dr. Richard Radnovich wrote a piece suggesting to pain patients ways to improve their interactions with their doctors. It caused some lively response. One of our contributors, a pain patient, asked if he could write a counter-point,…

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Taking Your Opiates on Vacation

Summer travel and vacation season is coming up. Many of my patients are looking forward to getting away. If you are a chronic pain patient, planning a vacation has an extra level of complexity and potential hassle: managing your medications,…

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DEA Announces Largest-Ever Prescription Drug Operation

The Drug Enforcement Administration apparently is intensifying its efforts on what it believes is pain medication abuse in the United States. The DEA and federal prosecutors have announced they’ve made 280 arrests, including 22 doctors and pharmacists in four southern…

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