- "Doctors should limit prescriptions — giving only a three-day supply for acute pain, for example — and look for alternative treatments".
- "For chronic pain, narcotics should be the last resort."
Unbelievable. That is so far removed from what they are telling us at the beginning of the decade that it is actually laughable. In fact, doctors were liable if patient's pain was not adequately treated to their liking. Check out this article from 2001 in the American Medical News:
Doctor guilty of elder abuse for undertreating pain: A California court ruling could spur physicians to become more knowledgeable about the best way to treat their patients' pain.
Want more? Here is what I found from the year 2000:
Jim Guest, Executive Director of the American Pain Foundation, claims “Over 50 million Americans live with chronic pain. The crime is that treatments and therapies to manage most pain are available, yet most pain goes untreated, under treated, or improperly treated.”
This is just another example of "no good deed goes unpunished". Remember this debacle as we see each new fad or proclamation come down from the ivory towers, the supposed experts or our dear government.