My Story: Getting the Evil Eye

We’re so quick to blame the “Dr. Shopper” for the inequitable treatment we endure at the pharmacy. Let’s look at a few examples: 1. Why am I required to produce a photo ID for my opioid pain meds? I don’t…

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FDA Approves Oxycodone with Abuse Deterrent

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new extended release version of oxycodone with an abuse deterrent formula. The drug, which will be marketed by Purdue Pharma under the brand name Targiniq ER, is only the second opioid painkiller…

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Ask Dr. Beth: How Do I Find a Pain Psychologist?

This is a great question. Many people do not know about pain psychologists, and once they learn about this specialty, the follow-up question is where can I find one? In my recent column in Psychology Today, I begin the conversation…

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A Pained Life: Tell Me All the Risks

I realized the other day I have been miscounting how many surgeries and procedures I have had to try to stop my facial pain. I have been using a count of 12, and I’m currently struggling with the decision of…

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The Marijuana Conundrum

Public attitudes toward marijuana are changing rapidly in the United States. A majority of Americans now favor the legalization of cannabis and medical marijuana is legal in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Surveys also show that many patients…

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