Journalism in the Public Interest


The Champion of Painkillers

The annual death toll from overdoses of painkillers has reached almost 15,000, prompting the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to term it an “epidemic.” But the American Pain Foundation continues to claim the risks are overblown. The advocacy group’s biggest supporter? The drug industry.

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Jan. 13, 2012, 10:26 a.m.

Thanks for your thoughts. I’m reconciled now to living with my regrets and trying to do more for the people i love during the rest of my life. I do believe in karma, and if I hold ill-will towards those who I believe did too little to help my husband, it will come back and bite me eventually.
One important thing I have learned is to be more careful in my judgments about the needs and behaviors of others—from their need for drugs to their private personal lives, judging others is Not. My. Job.
I wish for you peace in your heart and the glow of the morning sun on your face.


Jan. 13, 2012, 3:41 p.m.

Thank you Emma for your kind words and wishes.

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