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Caught in the Crossfire: Patients, Opiates, and the Politics of Pain | Dr. Andrea Tone Colloquium December 3
December 3, 2018
The BC Pain Research Network is pleased to sponsor a colloquium given by Dr. Andrea Tone, Professor of History & Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine from the Department of Psychiatry at McGill. The title of her talk is "Caught in the Crossfire: Patients, Opiates, and the Politics of Pain".
Abstract: No one disputes the gravity of today's opiate epidemic, but how to respond to it has sparked lively debates in the United States and Canada. Should we enact steeper penalties for dealers? Restrict doctors' prescribing power? Equip EMS personnel with more antagonist injections? Often overlooked in these politically charged discussions are the medical needs of patients, especially those who take prescription narcotics. This talk explores the history and politics of pain management, including the experiences and advocacy of patients in pain.