Pain Management and Palliative Care

Pain Management and Palliative Care

Updated: October 2010

Chronic pain can be debilitating to individuals with cancer. Chronic pain management seeks to lower of pain levels, reduce suffering through restoration of functioning in life activities, as close to normal as possible, and arrest and reverse the damage done by chronic pain to the nervous system and overall health of the patient.The following are resources for current pain management

Medical Marijuana

State Medical Marijuana Laws- Website summarizing state medical marijuana laws

Pain and the Law

Pain and the Law- Website developed by Saint Louis University and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics

State Policy Affecting Pain Management: Recent Improvements and the Positive Impact of Regulatory Health Policies- Criteria-driven policy analysis resource from the University of Wisconsin Pain and Policy Studies Group (PPSG) which evaluates drug control and professional practice policies that influence use of controlled substances for pain management, and documents
changes over a 3-year period.


Oxycontin Abuse and Diversion and Efforts to Address the Problem-Read the December 2003 GAO Report on Oxycontin Abuse.

The Double Life of OxyContin- OxyContin is both a miracle painkiller and an illicit street drug. This  chart summarizes what states were doing, as of January 2004, to allow patients access to the drug while curbing its abuse.


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