Pain management is tricky business

Salt Lake Tribune

By michael jaffe

First published Jan 07 2012 01:01AM
Updated Jan 7, 2012 01:01AM

The conviction and 20-year prison sentence of Dr. Dewey MacKay for illegal distribution of opioids (pain pills) provides us all with an opportunity for reflection.

He is an orthopedic physician who developed a pain medicine practice with suboptimal oversight. He was convicted of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death. Although I have no insider knowledge of the charges or trial, I do have insight about the issues and complexities of pain management more…