U.S. Surgeon General: Warm Handoffs Are ‘Immediate Priority’

On Thursday, October 24, the Senate Finance Committee held a full committee hearing on the topic of substance abuse in the United States. Among the witnesses was the Surgeon General of the United States, Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH. Dr. Adams detailed the current approach of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), highlighted […]

Aggressive DOJ Actions Against Opioid Prescribers Continue

An article published yesterday by Pain News Network’s Pat Anson tells the story of yet another physician who has faced threats from the Department of Justice (DOJ) due to the use of opioids within his practice. Dr. Roger Kasendorf, a physician from Southern California, paid a settlement of $125,000 rather than defend against allegations of […]

Is Opioid Pharma Hatred Doing More Harm Than Good?

On October 17, 2019, Filter published an article titled “Why Opioid Pharma Hatred Is Overblown and Harmful,” which featured an interview with DCBA Managing partner Michael C. Barnes. The article’s author, Alison Knopf, shed light on the nuances of the overdose crisis that are often overlooked in mainstream media narratives, with particular focus on the […]

Emergency Responses to Substance Abuse, Mental Illness

DCBA Law’s Managing Partner Michael C. Barnes spoke today at the Choctaw Nation Health Services Authority Conference in Durant, Oklahoma. Barnes’ presentation, “Compassion and Common Sense: Emergency Responses to Substance Abuse and Mental Illness,” provided information on the nation’s overdose crisis and delved into some of the major initiatives that have been undertaken at the […]

DCBA Managing Partner Presents on Federal Law, Regulation, Enforcement, and Impacts on Pain Management at ASPMN

On September 19, 2019, DCBA Managing Partner Michael C. Barnes presented alongside Wade Delk, Government Affairs Director of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN), and Marsha Stanton, Ph.D., R.N., former president of ASPMN, at ASPMN’s 29th annual conference in Portland, Oregon. Their presentation, titled “Trends in Federal Law, Regulation, and Enforcement, and Their […]