Pain Contracts: Would You Sign One to Get Treatment?

Alison Goldsmith got her first lesson in the potential dangers of using opioid painkillers at the age of 13, when she was diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder called reflex sympathetic dystrophy. Her doctor agreed to prescribe opioids, which have some of the same properties as opiate narcotics, to help her manage her intense pain, but only under one condition: She had to sign an agreement that set forth guidelines for using the painkillers while under his care. "He wanted to make sure I...Full Story
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