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Tucson, AZ -- In response to the hearing on the plea negotiation in the case of the U.S. v. Jeri Hassman, M.D., a Tucson pain management specialist, on multiple charges of supposed "drug diversion," Jane M. Orient, M.D., Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, issued this statement:

"Most of the doctors charged in these types of cases never should have been prosecuted. Many are the victims of criminals who divert drugs for their own gain with clever, long-term scams that prey upon the doctors' inclination and ethic to do whatever they can to help patients they believe to be in pain.

"Every prosecution of a physician robs hundreds — sometime thousands — of legitimate pain patients of relief they so desperately need.

"If law enforcement is serious about stopping drug diversion, then it needs to go after the diverters -- instead of physicians. Law enforcement should notify doctors about diverters so they can cut them off. Prosecutors must work WITH doctors instead of trying to entrap them.

"We need communication and cooperation, not prosecution." (See details of AAPS proposed "Project: Communicate & Cooperate.")

For more information: www.aapsonline.org/press/nrhassman2.htm


I recently heard someone running for the District Attorney job of one of our largest states. He linked Meth labs with physicians prescribing pain medication. The person running is viral and in no pain. In twenty years, when he has arthritis in a joint, I guess he will just have it amputated and replaced. Unless outside the scope of surgery. Without pain medication he has little choice. Or he will take medications that put holes in the gut, hurt the liver or kidneys, or have some other side effects. Of course, it might not be able to be replaced. Too bad no pain doctors or regular doctors will treat him with pain medications ...

You see, he and others will have been successful in causing doctors to fear the many state and federal agencies opposed to pain treatment. They feel a knife is more humane treatment.

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