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Criminalization of Pain

Julie Marks

Los Angeles, United States

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This painterly photograph is bark from a tree that
evolved into an abstract from nature, a powerful
image to portray victims of severe pain and the doctors that are too fearful to treat them. When
cops play doctors, we are all in danger of being
a victim of untreated pain. This is the first in the series, but as always, there are many images in this piece. Please visit and support the work of the PRN @www.painreliefnetwork.com to be informed about the silent crisis in medicine for doctors who specialize in pain management. You can listen to a live interview with Siobhan Reynolds that will illuminate this very serious medical crisis in our country. I have worked with Siobhan Reynolds, the President of PRN to assist her efforts in removing the DEA (drug enforcement agency) from arresting doctors for appropriate treatment of pain without medical peer review and the tragic victims that suffer and often end their lives as a result of their doctors license being revoked and receiving long prison terms. This is a tragic problem and the more informed we are, the more power we have to change the constitutional amendment relating to the controlled substance act. Siobhan has spoken to congress and progress has been made due to her tireless and relentless efforts that are impressive and critical for the safety of patients and their doctors. This groups efforts are essential for patients who suffer from severe pain to receive appropriate treatment and resume healthy lives. I see a man navigating a boat in the blue water on this man’s tormented face trying to make it to the other side. The fact that he is on a boat going upstream
on the blue nose of this abstract is a metaphor
for the struggle of patients to find appropriate treatment due to the “war on drugs” in this country. I am reminded of Magritte when I look
at the bowler hat of the man in the boat. I suffer from chronic migraines so Siobhan’s personal tragedy that precipitated her establishing this impressive organization touches me personally and professionally. My pain mangement doctor lost his license and doctors are being encouraged not to enter the field of pain management for fear of intervention of the DEA and possible imprisonment. I am one of the fortunate ones to find a doctor who has continued to treat me despite the risks involved. Please
read the criminalization of Pain #2 for more
information about this very serious crisis
in the United States and around the world.
Please view this in the large format to
appreciate the imagery and texture
of this piece.

Camera: Nikon DSLR D80
Macro Lens

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