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by Anonymous on Apr 5th, 2013
This doctor has very poor bedside manner. She had an intern review my history and records and didn’t even ask me why I was in her office for a consultatation. She merely entered the room, sat on the edge of the table and sneered at me, apparently at my choice of blouses which was an imitation of an expensive designer silk in less expensive polyester. She has published books and articles about her disdain for American doctors’ irresponsible use of opioid prescription drugs in the treatment of chronic pain and apparently is on the lookout for any patient that according to her isn’t “dying, or completely incapacitated”, the only valid reasons, in her opinion for prescribing these types of drugs. When she offered me no other solutions to help with my chronic pain and I wept at her decision to deny me a prescription for pain medication that my previous doctor has written for the past 4 months, she looked away. The only thing that came out of this visit was a referral to a psychiatrist on her staff and a suggestion that I try an antideppressant for sleep and pain. I had already told her assistant and I had repeated that I could not tolerate the side effects for these medications. I think that because of my British surname she expected a white person but was disgusted by my appearance when she entered the room (I am Native American), it seems hard for her to hide her disdain for others. It seems she has been pumped up so much by her staff and peers. I do have a valid reason for medication use, and have never abused it. I brought evidence of this, conclusive radiological reports and physician chart notes. Had she reviewed these, even for five minutes, she would have agreed.


CDC’s Primary Care and Public Health Initiative
Balancing Pain Management and Prescription Opioid Abuse
October 24, 2012

Lieutenant Commander Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, MPH, serves as the acting team lead for the prescription drug overdose team in the Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention in CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control…  Prior to joining CDC, Chris completed a one-year detail to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, serving as the senior public health advisor where he co-lead the development of the administration’s prescription drug abuse prevention plan…

Our next presenter is Dr. Jane Ballantyne, who is a professor of anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Washington in Seattle…


Ballantyne, JC. Opioid analgesia: perspectives on right use and utility. Pain Physician 2007


Do you get the feeling that a few of Ms. Ballantyne’s patients were mean to her, and this is her revenge?


BALLANTYNE:  If you give people opiates, they think you’re the best thing since sliced bread. They love you. They just worship the ground you walk on. The moment you suggest that you want to try and get them down on their dose or, worse still, say you can’t carry on prescribing – not that I do that myself; I never cut people off; I don’t think people should be cut off, but I do try and persuade them to come down on their dose – they are so awful. And you can see why people who are not seeped in this stuff – the young primary care physicians just don’t know what to make of it. They don’t want to be abused. They want to be loved like everybody else does. We go into medicine to try and help people. And when you get abused and, you know, insulted, you can see why it perpetuates itself.

I find it hard to believe that Ms. Ballantyne “never” cut a patient off. Maybe the reason is that she hardly ever prescribed any drugs that, in her opinion, patients needed to be cut off from. (Antidepressants for everyone!)

For 20 years, Dr. Ballantyne directed the Center for Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston…

If you are a pain patient who was abandoned by Ms. Ballantyne, please email me at painkills2@aol.com. I would love to hear your story.

6 thoughts on “Dr. Jane Ballantyne of PFROP

  1. I’m 65 have so much pain neuopathy chronic pancreatic, broken back etc. Have insurance but because of pill seekers I’m having tough time getting pain mefs 20 operations 8 in 9 months least help I’ve lost 70 lbs in 7 months. I’m scared 2076317517

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    • I’m sorry to hear that you’re suffering, but it’s not because of pill seekers that you’re having a tough time getting your meds — that’s just the excuse that politicians and the DEA use to support the drug war.

      Your area code suggests that you live in Maine, where Governor LePage is on an anti-drug rampage, including drug testing welfare recipients. His latest racist comment about the drug war suggests that things will only be getting worse in your state.

      I’m sorry I can’t help you, except to offer advice. I lived in Texas for most of my life and had to move to another state to access medical cannabis. I realize that, at 65 and with your disabilities, you might not be able to consider moving to another state, but that would be my advice to you. Just like I knew that things would only get worse in Texas for pain patients, I think I might say the same thing about Maine.

      Are there any states that are best for pain patients who want access to pain medications? That’s a good question, but I’d have to do a lot of research to find the answer. Best thing to do would be to find doctors who support chronic pain patients (if there are any left), then move to wherever that doctor is located. With all the new regulations, I can’t imagine there are too many doctors left who would agree to see an out-of-state patient, so moving appears to be the only answer.

      If you can’t find a doctor to continue prescribing your current medications, you have few choices. You can choose other medications, like antidepressants or buprenorphine. Maybe a doctor would even consider prescribing methadone to replace your current opioids, I don’t know. Your other choices for pain relief don’t necessarily have to require permission from doctors, like marijuana or kratom. I guess you could try to find medications on the internet, or even travel to Mexico or Canada, but I wouldn’t advise that.

      I can’t call you because I don’t have a phone, but my email is listed above if you want to contact me privately. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.


  2. “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

    ― C.S. Lewis

    Not to suggest that people like Ballantyne are “moral” busybodies or motivated by “kindness”; I suspect she is exactly what she appears to be: a ruthless and amoral sociopath shilling for a particular faction of the medical industrial complex. But in the end there is little difference in effect or tone between the moral do-gooders and the ruthless opportunists. The opportunists mimic the rhetoric of the do-gooders while the do-gooders are as willing to ignore the destructive consequences of their moral crusades as their more sociopathic comrades in arms who are only in it for the money and power.

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  3. Lieutenant Commander Christopher M. Jones

    Lieutenant commanders, “czars” and doctors. When it comes to drug warriors, is there a difference anymore? I want to live in a country where they have a Commander-in-Chief of Cheeba and a Pope of Dope who thinks opiates are the religion of the people 🙂

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    • Speaking of Mr. Jones (and Ballantyne), I find it interesting that all of this opioid-war activity at the CDC has been going on for a very long time. And if I’m not mistaken, these are Obama’s people, not Bush’s (although it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes). Which means that no matter who becomes president next year, things are only gonna get worse. (Sometimes, I hate being right.)


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