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12/29/03 Washington Post article on AAPS, war on pain doctors
  • Features Jeri Hassman, M.D. & William Hurwitz, M.D.
  • Patient tells his side: he’d be dead without pain meds.


Please read and circulate this story “Worried Pain Doctors Decry Prosecutions” in the Washington Post today.


Reporters such as Mark Kaufman, Ralph Vatabedian of the Los Angeles Times, and Bill McKelway of the Richmond Times-Dispatch are finally telling the other side of this story – the devastation wreaked on patients, their families, doctors – instead of just law enforcement’s spin.


CLICK HERE for information on Drs. Hassman & Hurwitz, & the "War on Pain Doctors"


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Worried Pain Doctors Decry Prosecutions

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 29, 2003; Page A01


Jeri Hassman, one of Tucson's busiest pain doctors and a specialist in rehabilitation, was getting ready to inject a patient with a pain-killing treatment one day in March when federal officials burst into her Calmwood clinic, took off her jewelry, put her in handcuffs and led her to jail.


Months earlier, Drug Enforcement Administration agents had placed the doctor and some of her patients under surveillance and had sent in undercover patients complaining of pain….


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High-Dosage Opioids Saved His Life, Patient Says


Monday, December 29, 2003; Page A05

By Mark Kaufman


Jay Steffler spent more than eight years in pain and in bed after a hospital accident that left him with a rare ailment called reflex sympathetic dystrophy. With many of his nerve endings constantly firing, Steffler, a Pittsburgh piano player and documentary maker, tried treatments from spinal blocks to acupuncture, from anti-epileptic drugs to hypnosis. Nothing helped for more than a short time, he said, and he was in near-constant pain.


In 1999, Steffler took what he considered to be the desperate step of contacting McLean pain doctor William E. Hurwitz……


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