DEA Hires Stephen King To Scare Teenagers Away From Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued a press release this morning announcing that it has hired the famous author Stephen King as a consultant. Mr. King will create short stories and advertising messages for the DEA about the danger and horror of drug use.

“In 2015, Maine saw 157 deaths caused by heroin and/or nonpharmaceutical fentanyl and 111 caused by pharmaceutical opioids,” said Mr. King, who lives in that state. Mr. King went on to say that he wants to do something to help.

For many Americans, it looks like Stephen King has joined the drug war.

Mr. King has spoken publicly about his past addiction to alcohol and cocaine. Recently on Facebook and Twitter, Mr. King has spoken out about Donald Trump and Maine governor Paul LePage. He’s also spoken out against police violence about unarmed black men very recently, citing the Freddie Gray incident.

Now, many in the chronic pain community are wondering why Mr. King — who suffers from intractable pain — hasn’t spoken out about the new CDC rules on opioid prescribing. Could it be that he has nothing to worry about?

In 2000, the Irish Times reported that: “The impact with the van broke the writer’s left leg in nine places, gave him two fractures to the hip, broke four ribs, chipped his spine in eight places, lacerated his scalp and stripped all the skin from his collarbone… King survived the encounter, narrowly avoiding quadraplegia but still in constant pain.” It’s also been reported that Mr. King had 6 different surgeries.

While some of Mr. King’s injuries have healed, I have no doubt that he still suffers from constant pain. But as a rich celebrity (who says he grosses about $40 million in a good year), Mr. King will always have access to the drugs he needs to manage his pain. Must be nice.

Today is Stephen King’s birthday. He’s 69 years old. Bryan Smith, the driver who hit Mr. King, died on Mr. King’s 52nd birthday from an overdose of Fentanyl. Mr. Smith suffered from chronic pain and depression.

In April of this year, in Mr. King’s home state of Maine, the governor signed: “An Act To Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program.” The Act has a morphine milligram equivalent cap, set at 100 MME, which is slightly higher than the CDC’s 90 MME cap. Patients currently receiving opioid pain medication have a 300 MME cap until July 2017 to ease their transition to a lower dose.

Maine’s law also caps the maximum time for prescriptions to seven days for acute pain and to 30 days for chronic pain, and it mandates use of the state’s PDMP.

“Research shows opioids are ineffective and often counterproductive for treating chronic pain, leading pain physicians have told the Portland Press Herald… Four out of five new heroin users develop their addictions as a result of prescription opioids, according to the American Society for Addiction Medicine… With a state law setting a 30-day maximum for chronic pain, insurance companies may start requiring prior authorization before reimbursing for new prescriptions beyond the initial 30-day prescription, Smith said.”

“About 16,000 Mainers are currently prescribed high doses of opioids for chronic and acute pain, and the new law means many will have their prescriptions reduced.”

Does this new law affect Stephen King? Pain patients all over this country want to know why Mr. King hasn’t spoken out. Is it fear or does he just not care?

(Side Note: No, the DEA didn’t hire Stephen King. One hopes that the author would never sink so low. As a rich person, he doesn’t need to.)

If you want to write to Stephen King, he’s represented by Rand Holston of Paradigm. He’s on Twitter and here’s his Facebook page:

Johnna Stahl
Today at 6:43am

About 16,000 pain patients in Maine will be affected by the new law signed by Governor LePage, “An Act To Prevent Opiate Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program.” Mr. King, as someone who suffers from intractable pain, do you agree with these new restrictions? How will they affect your pain management? Are you willing to use your voice to help other pain patients? Happy 69th birthday, from one of your fans in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

13 thoughts on “DEA Hires Stephen King To Scare Teenagers Away From Drugs

  1. I don’t usually air my view on a subject I can’t claim to thoroughly know, and I’m no expert on America’s ways and laws. But sitting here with a sciatica flare up and in almost unbearable pain, I can’t wait for hometime so I can take my prescribed oxycodone. But I do know addiction as a spouse of an alcoholic and the girlfriend of an addict. Addicts are ill. They don’t choose addiction and they don’t choose what they’ll become addicted to. If they happen upon opioids and become addicted it was because they stumbled on opioids first. If they stumbled on alcohol first then etc etc. Because they are ill, an addict will remain an addict at any length, not matter what drug is available or what’s been prohibited. So to take opioids away from genuine chronic pain sufferers citing the possibility of addition, is just cruelty, pure and simple. Why do they have to pay the price for the addict’s behaviour? It lacks logic.

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  2. Recreational use and medicinal pharmaceutical treatment are NOT the same thing at all. How can anyone not understand that? Laws for one do not, and must not, be applied globally to the other: cruel decisions levied by the ignorant.

    Does anyone in the DEA receive mental health awareness training? Have they read the experts on pain and pain management? From the decisions they’ve made it would seem NOT. And don’t get me started on ignorance of the lawmakers!!!

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • The experts that the DEA and CDC listen to are mostly addiction “specialists.” But there are plenty of pain “experts” who have decided that opioids shouldn’t be used to treat chronic pain. Because of the potential for addiction. Bunch of hypocrites, unless they start criminalizing the use of cigarettes and alcohol, too.

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      • Hot button warning – this is a topic about which can rarely contain my anger.
        Beyond frustrating situation with horrendous results in the lives of those who suffer and NEED medication, but who cares about patient quality of life when we are saving potential addicts from themselves, right? (and even MORE important, building political careers through “win/loss” laws publicized in the soundbite press!)

        The war on drugs is waged by idiots — who refuse to take the time to study the areas they legislate (or simply do not care – “acceptable casualties”)

        FYI: Episode 93 of Dr. Ginger Campbell’s Brain Science Podcast is a fascinating interview with a REAL pain specialist, Dr. Fernando Cervero from McGill University in Montreal, then-current president of the International Association for the Study of Pain, and author of ‘Understanding Pain’ from from MIT Press.

        Point of interest from interview: the body doesn’t habituate to pain – pain escalates, meaning that increasing need for medical intervention does NOT indicate addiction.


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        • The war on drugs is about race. Even now, the opioid war is about rich, white people who are overdosing. Their parents have the money and time to yell into the ears of politicians. It’s funny how my voice and the voices of pain patients don’t count at all. It’s like we’re invisible. I certainly feel invisible.

          Thanks for the information on the podcast, but I don’t need to listen to any more experts, even if they’re on our side. I listen to patients now. 🙂

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        • Since I’ve given up on doctors, I don’t need ammo, but I’ll check it out just the same. I’m running out of things to watch on Netflix. Sweet, feather-light dreams to you. 🙂

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        • I’ve moved on to Acorn myself 🙂

          Brits & Canadians produce shows much more to my liking than the metrics-minded biz idiots running our American TV — where the proliferation of car chases, sound effects and loud, driving music as dialogue replacement, & frequent cut-aways to fresh-faced bimbos in thong bikinis make me truly wonder about viewer intelligence (as well as that of the execs running the show and their sponsors).

          The Brits don’t cancel decent shows before they’ve had a chance to find their audience, don’t replace good shows with reality garbage the minute the ratings dip, are less likely to jettison seasoned actresses as past their prime at 30 – and seem to recognize the difference between talent and prurient appeal.

          And now that I’ve probably alienated at least a few of your readers with my judgment, I think it would be wise for me to chug a second cup of coffee to bring me to alertness and tighten the brain-brakes.


          PS – I noticed that there are 2 episodes on Cervero & Pain (an interview & a discussion, I believe) – within a couple of episodes of each other. I’m not sure whether it is one or both I am recalling as fascinating.

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