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American Pain Foundation Shuts Down as Senators Launch Investigation of Prescription Narcotics

Sens. Baucus and Grassley demand evidence of financial support from the drug industry to nonprofit groups that advocate use of opioid painkillers, including the newly defunct American Pain Foundation.

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May 18, 2012, 10:15 p.m.

How many people a year die from tobacco-related illnesses? Got to be more than 15,000,


May 23, 2012, 3:57 p.m.

To balance this out, I suggest that ProPublica do a report on the other side: the chronic pain sufferers that do not get the treatment they need.  There are plenty of us out here, and it is a travesty equal to the situation this article covers.

That way, we’d get both sides, and no one would feel panicky.

Besides, isn’t it two sides of the same coin?  People abusing pain meds = less help for the rest of us.



May 25, 2012, 2:42 a.m.

I live with chronic pain from my Fibromyalgia every day and can barely leave my house without my pain medication. I agree with my fellow pain patients that pain medication should be available to help us function.
  I also agree with those that say that opiates need to be unavailable for those that dont need it as most of them are saying.
  I think that everyone posting here AGREE that opiates and any other pain medication should be available to us that need it. We all need to work together and find a solution to this problem instead of accusing those with opposite views than ours that they are wrong.


May 25, 2012, 3:55 a.m.

The bottom line would be wise if it is: regardless, abused or not, opiates type products of nature gonna be available to anyone, when balancing changed new law will be effective in the future. One bonus that we shall get right away is: The Mexican drug Cartel style killings of ordinary public for drugs and guns will stop immediately. It was over-conscious and unhealthy worried ones in power that temporarily for an half of a century restricted the use of such beneficial natural ingredients. A half century later next generation will balance the abuse /good usage again.

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