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Pain Policy & Law

  University of Wisconsin Pain & Policies Study Group Home Page.  Studying public policy in relation to pain management.

  Current Thoughts on Opioid Analgesics and Addiction.  Written in 1995.  WHO's and States' definitions of addiction, definitions of drug abuse terms, and more.

  Position Statement on Use of Opioids for the Treatment of Chronic Pain by the boards of directors of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) and the American Pain Society (APS).

  American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) and American Pain Society Opioid Position Statement.

  American Academy of Pain Medicine's Chronic Pain Evaluation Statement:  The Necessity for Early Evaluation of the Chronic Pain Patient.

  Opioids in Chronic Nonmalignant Pain.  In the Conrad Notes, R. Portenoy, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York City, proposes reappraising the traditional prescribing of opioid drugs.

  End of Life Statement:  A position statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine about quality care and pain management.  February 12, 1998.

  Pain & Policy Studies Group.  The purpose of this website is to facilitate public access to information about pain relief and public policy, including material published by the PPSG and other authoritative sources.

  Improving State Medical Board Policies: Influence of a Model.  Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 2003; 31(1):119-129.  View entire article in PDF format.

  Intractable Pain Laws: California, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.

  Florida Guidelines for management of pain using dangerous drugs and controlled substances.

  California Medical Board guideline for prescribing controlled substances for intractable pain, adopted May 6, 1994.  Section 2241.5 Intractable Pain Treatment Act.  See also Prescribing controlled substances for pain.

  Colorado Pain Law.  HOUSE BILL 97-1188, effective August 6, 1997.

  Texas Intractable Pain Treatment Acts, including H.B. No. 120 effective September 1, 1997.


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