American pain medicine is desperately broken, says bioethicist Travis N. Rieder. To fix it, we must avoid swinging the pendulum too far toward over-medication—and too far toward under-medication. Either of these mistakes can drive patients toward the dangerous illicit opioid market. Instead, Rieder recommends harm reduction strategies, including safe injection sites and even prescriptions for pharmaceutical grade opioids to minimize the harms of addiction.
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Policy Analysis: “Harm Reduction: Shifting from a War on Drugs to a War on Drug-Related Deaths” by Jeffrey A. Singer, December 13, 2018
Policy Analysis: ”Overdosing on Regulation: How Government Caused the Opioid Epidemic” by Jeffrey Miron, February 14, 2019
Commentary: ”Opioid Industry Suits Are a Misguided Cash Grab Against Politically Unpopular Target” by Jeffrey Miron and Laura Nicolae, April 16, 2019
Testimony: ”Unintended Consequences: Medicaid and the Opioid Epidemic” by David A. Hyman