The Painful Truth About Pain

September 11, 2019

A harrowing medical experience gave Travis N. Rieder more insight than he would have wished for into how people end up hooked on opioids

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The next generation of doctors will start their careers at a time when physicians are feeling pressure to limit prescriptions for opioid painkillers. Yet every day, they’ll face patients who are hurting from injuries, surgical procedures, or disease. Around 20% of adults in the U.S. live with chronic pain. With our Travis Rieder

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They tried to warn us about the dangers of OxyContin. Almost two decades later, we’re finally listening

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Drawing from Rieder’s experience and research, ‘In Pain’ explores how the opioid crisis came to be

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Listen Now: The Inquiring Minds Podcast talks to bioethicist Travis Rieder about his new book In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids

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After an accident and the surgeries that followed, Travis Rieder became addicted to pain medications. Rieder is the director of the Master of Bioethics degree program at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, and he joins Courtney Collins to talk about the agonizing process of weaning himself off the drugs

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“I felt like I was being attacked by this invisible enemy,” Witt says. “It was nothing that I asked for, and I didn’t even know how to battle it.” So he channeled his frustration into music and art that depicted his pain. It was “a way I could express myself,” he says. “It was liberating.”

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“There is very little data to justify how these drugs are being used and why they should be in the top 10 in sales,” a researcher said

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