Report: Networks Behind Prescription Painkiller Increase

Written by  Abby Callard | Monday, 20 February 2012 17:01
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A joint investigation between the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today revealed networks of pain organizations, physicians and researchers are responsible for the increase in painkiller prescriptions.
This investigation came after a Journal Sentinel report last year that found Wisconsin-based UW Pain & Policy Studies Group helped relax how opioids are prescribed and viewed while taking in $2.5 million over a decade from opioid companies.

The report found several of the pain industry's core beliefs about chronic pain and opioids, including the risk of addiction is low in patients with prescriptions, there is no unsafe maximum dose of the drugs and the concept of "pseudoaddiction,"  are not supported by sound research.

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