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Focus (Medicine: Chronic Pain Relief) #619404

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jul 20, 1997
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Washington and Gaithersburg, MD: Cassandra Clayton) The issue of relief for chronic pain sufferers examined; details given of the financial and social cost of pain; scenes shown from group help sessions. [Chronic pain patient Andrea KRAMER - recounts her pain after childbirth; says her doctors will not prescribe narcotics.] [Mensana Pain Clinic Dr. Nelson HENDLER - notes the difficulty in diagnosing pain; worries about the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) if he prescribes narcotics.] [GWU Hospital Chronic Pain Clinic director Dr. Stanley DEUTSCH - defends narcotic use for chronic pain.] Nine states said passing legislation allowing doctors to prescribe narcotics for pain patients.

Clayton, Cassandra;
Seigenthaler, John

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