Heroic civil liberties lawyer, Harvey Silverglate writes about the war on physicians who attempt to alleviate the chronic pain of their patients. I just started reading his new book, Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, and will be writing more about that.
In the meantime, read this column. Not only are the Feds attempting to “to effectively control the practice of pain relief medicine”, they are now prosecuting people who try to educate the public about the issue under the guise of “obstruction of justice” charges. Did you ever think that the exercise of First Amendment speech would be criminalized in that way?
It seems pretty clear to me that through the abuse of authority, the Feds are going to force doctors to practice check box medicine. If it isn’t on the approved lists of treatments mandated by the Feds, doc’s can’t do it, even if it is necessary for the treatment of an individual patient.