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Extreme Pain and Extreme but Weird Security Measures

Dr. Leveque, who trained under two world renowned Pain Pharmacologists in Oregon, gives the straight scoop on pain control and Oregon's unique reason for needing so darned much of it.

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(MOLALLA, Ore.) - The Oregonian printed a story Saturday, March 4th about a Pain Clinic in Vancouver under investigation for taking care of extreme pain patients. I thought that pain clinics were SUPPOSED to do just that!

They also pointedly print that Oregon is tenth in prescription drug abuse and fourth in drug abuse by children. There seems to be one fact that the Oregon waffle butt, swivel chair drug experts don’t comprehend.

Oregon has three of the most physically dangerous for injury and death industries in the U.S. These are Logging, Deep Sea Fishing and Construction.

Last week the Oregonian published about the excessive deaths in the timber industry. The severe injury rate in these industries is responsible for the high rate of strong but dangerous painkiller use AND drug abuse.

I trained under two world renowned Pain Pharmacologists in Oregon; Dr. Hugo Krueger at Oregon State University who wrote the best book on Opium and the Opiates that has ever been written: The Pharmacology of the Opium Alkaloids. He read six languages in his research.

The other was Dr. Norman David at Oregon Health Sciences University. Professor of Pharmacology for 35 years, his dictum was “If there is an indication (need) for Morphine (or any other Opiate) there is NO contraindication (reason NOT to give it).”


Clinics which advertise that they are PAIN CLINICS will attract severely injured, chronic pain patients. Most physicians are panic stricken of Medical Board investigations for taking care of severely injured, chronic pain patients. This is WRONG.

One of the strangest side lights of this is that Oregon has one of the highest rates of Methadone use as a substitute for Morphine-like drug addiction.

Methadone is addicting also but easy access through Methadone clinics keep both medical and non medical Opiate addicts from crime to support their drug habits.

The original target of this Oregonian Pain Clinic article was Ronald Zaloznik, who was prescribed 1000mg of the drug per day. This is only slightly excessive. He suffered work related severe back and neck injury.

He certainly started out with less than that but these drugs cause tolerance and increasing doses to get the same relief. He could have been shifted to Methadone and avoided this hassle. He sold one pill to a high school girl who died.

The Oregonian stated: "Rachel Daggett, an 18-year-old Barlow High School senior, died of an overdose in December after smoking one of the oxycodone pills the clinic prescribed for Ronald T. Zaloznik."

It is extremely bad about the Dagget girls’ death. But if you read the Oregonian you will discover that juveniles are having pop-a-pill parties of drugs they get from their parents medicine cabinets! Security?

I have a feeling that another drug drug she may have used was Oxycontin, known as “Hillbilly Heroin” and considered the most dangerous and lethal drug available today.


You can read the Oregonian article here: Complaints against pain clinic pile up


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More information on the history of Dr. Leveque can be found in his book, General Patton's Dogface Soldier of WWII about his own experiences "from a foxhole".
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If you are a World War II history buff, you don't want to miss it.

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