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Jeff Sessions’ Cruel Prescription for Pain: New at Reason

The attorney general does not seem to understand how the drive to minimize opioid use hurts innocent people.

USDOJUSDOJWhen Attorney General Jeff Sessions advised people in pain to "take some aspirin" and "tough it out" during a speech in Tampa last week, the federal prosecutors in his audience laughed. Mitzie Katzen, who has suffered from complex regional pain syndrome since she was a teenager, had a different reaction.

"I was just floored," Katzen says. "I could not believe what I was reading, and I thought that has to be somebody who has never experienced really severe pain for any length of time." Jacob Sullum says Katzen's perspective on Sessions' remarks illuminates the depravity of a policy that sacrifices the interests of patients like her in the name of fighting the "opioid epidemic."

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    I think I join everyone here in wishing Sessions and that group of federal prosecutors a taste of the chronic pain from which so many can find no relief.

  • sarcasmic||

    They are government employees which makes them trustworthy, and therefore above the restrictions on pain medication they place on the peasant class.

  • John C. Randolph||

    Depraved asshole.


  • croaker||

    The cure for Sessions is to run him though a woodchipper up to his thighs, then release him with a supply of aspirin.

  • Fucksake||

    Session is mostly just a fucking idiot.


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