Available primarily as a pill called Suboxone, this substitute opioid – intended to help individuals struggling with opioid addiction – can be just as lethal as the real thing. Read about it in the New York Times article “Addiction Treatment With a Dark Side.”
The Las Vegas Recovery Center, run by medical director Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM, offers abstinence-based programs to treat chronic pain and addiction. The Chronic Pain Treatment program is designed to reduce patients’ pain and restore them to functional lifestyles without the use of opiate narcotics.
Barry Meier, a reporter for the New York Times, has written several important and enlightening books on the topic of painkillers, including Painkiller: A “Wonder” Drug’s Trail of Addiction and Death and A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine’s Biggest Mistake.