Pre-Conference Skills Course

UPM11 - Pain in Addiction, More Than a Feeling: Child of the US Pain Movement

Wednesday, November 8
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

The US pain movement is a 40-year saga of pain and addiction that began as a noble notion to provide better care to patients living with chronic pain. Along the way, it became big business, with huge fortunes made, reputations gained and lost, a generation of innocent lives lost and wasted, and it has left us with the current opioid crisis; a national disaster. What went wrong? What are we missing? What can we do now?

Walter Ling

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry/UCLA

Dr. Walter Ling is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and the founding director of the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) at UCLA, one of the foremost substance abuse research groups in the US. He is board certified in neurology and psychiatry, is active in research and clinical work, and has been listed in ‘Best Doctors in America’, ‘Best Doctors in the West’ and ‘Best Doctors in Los Angeles’. Doctor Ling’s research in opiate pharmacotherapy provided pivotal information for the approval of buprenorphine and naltrexone. His current focus of research includes abuse and dependence on methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and prescription opiates; opiate induced hyperalgesia, treatment of pain in opiate-maintained patients, including those treated with buprenorphine and the role of buprenorphine in the management of pain in these patients. Dr Ling is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology; he has served as Commissioner for the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Commission, Los Angeles County, California; and a consultant on narcotics for the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the U.S. Department of State. He has extended ISAP’s research and training activities beyond the US to China, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.


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