The first part in a three-part Radley Balko series is up at the Huffpo. Good stuff, though hugely frustrating of course. Watch the media for other stories on this topic -- I challenge you to find one story in the regular media that discusses pain medication that has even one interview of a pain sufferer. This issues is treated 180 degrees differently from any other story one could imagine about victims of medical conditions being denied medication. The part that always amazes me is how "addiction" is treated as a bad thing under all circumstances -- what does addiction even mean if the alternative is unbearable pain? Are AIDS patients addicted to the medication that keeps them alive?