Dr Richard Lawhern was kind enough to share his November 17, 2017 National Pain report post, Figures Lie and Liars Figure with our paindr blog audience. Dr Lawhern’s post appears below with a cross-link to the original post. Thank you Dr. Lawhern for this insightful piece!
Anybody who reads a newspaper or watches evening news has heard the screaming headlines: “60,000 Drug Overdose Deaths” (or similar numbers). When reporters seek maximum sensationalism, we hear deaths by overdose summed over 10 years or compared to casualties in the Vietnam War. 500,000 drug deaths is a much more impressive number — even though it’s mostly hype.
Unfortunately for all of us – and for US public policy makers — such numbers misrepresent more than they illuminate [Ref 1]. Public policy concerning opioid addiction which is based on such inflated numbers will inevitably fail spectacularly, just as the “War on Drugs” did in the 1980s.
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