John P. Flannery, II, is a former federal prosecutor from New York City who prosecuted multimillion dollar heroin conspiracies. He believes, however, that our government is dead wrong to prosecute physicians for treating chronic pain patients. "I am ashamed that the Justice Department is doing this", Flannery says.
There are 75 million Americans who suffer long term excruciating pain and the government is making it worse . For many pain patients, neither surgery nor alternative procedures ease their pain. Congress authorized the use of controlled substances to treat their chronic pain. But the Justice Department, Flannery argues, opposes prescriptions of these controlled substances. It prosecutes the physicians who treat chronic pain patients. Flannery holds the government accountable for destroying the once sacrosanct relationship of physician and patient, for criminalizing chronic pain treatment, and for creating a public health crisis of under-treated patients.
Flannery tells the tragic story of patients and physicians who are the victims in this war against pain medicine, explains the history of privacy and how the government is destroying that right, suggests how we may protect ourselves from the government, and issues a chilling warning to be vigilant in the face of this tyranny lest we lose our rights once and for all.
"This is a book about one of America's most important untold stories: the incredibly misguided war the federal government is waging on physicians whose only crime is a desire to heal their patients' persistent pain." As Flannery writes in the introduction, this appalling miscarriage of justice is a product of "ignorance, junk science, misplaced religious zeal, misdirected social policy, and plain old arrogance. The author is one of America's toughest and smartest litigators. He catalogues the government's abuses with the precision of a brilliant former federal prosecutor -- which is exactly what he is." --Charles Kaiser, former correspondent, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek Media critic, and author, 1968 IN AMERICA, and THE GAY METROPOLIS.
"Mr. Flannery is a former federal prosecutor from New York and a former Capitol Hill counsel, now in private practice, and has represented physicians and patients from across the nation. This book is a must-read for anyone who treats or suffers from chronic pain, or who knows anyone who may suffer from chronic pain, or who cares about this public health crisis, to inform them of this grave injustice, to explain what we must do to protect ourselves, and to explain the constitutional rights that are at stake for, if we are not vigilant, we may wake up to find that these critical constitutional rights no longer exist." --Siobhan Reynolds, President and Founder of the Pain Relief Network
"It makes me feel rather powerless in the face what the late Allen Ginsberg may have called 'Moloch' - the devouring beast; Flannery's 'Pain in America' is a warning against an overreaching government." --Tim John, News Director, WAGE Radio
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