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"American Pain" Sparks Painkiller Epidemic Discussion

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As the painkiller epidemic rose in the United States, John Temple wondered why? So he began to research the largest pill mill in the county.

“It served primarily addicts and drug dealers from West Virginia and other Appalachian states who drove down, posed as patients, visited doctors there, and got massive amounts of pills,” said Author and WVU Associate Professor of Journalism John Temple.

In honor of the release of Temple’s book “American Pain” the panel discussion hosted by the WVU Reed College of Media and College of Law gave those in attendance the chance to be educated and ask questions.

It also addressed myths about treating pain, including methods not involving prescription drugs.  

“When they are used they are more effective than just giving somebody opioids,” said Carl Sullivan, Physician and WVU Professor. “There are a lot of medications that can be used for painful conditions that are very effective over the long run that will not cause addiction.”

Panelists did advise that if someone is struggling with addiction, the first step is to consult a doctor.

“I’m saddened to say that West Virginia, as in most places, it’s just not easy to get the kind of treatment that you need,” said Sullivan.

The  panel discussion coincided with International Overdose Day, which was on August 31st.

“American Pain” is available for pre-order on Amazon and is coming soon to stores. 

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