An article appeared in the Sacramento Bee this weekend. The title was "Better relief on way for people in pain". California is close to revising prescription formsin a way that police and physicians say would provide better treatment for people in severe pain while keeping a tight lid on diversions of drigs to illegal use. The changes would improve the care of patients suffering a terminal illness or chronic pain, patients who often are inadequately treated because of excessive paperwork and fear of prosecution. "Pain makes them want to die," said Dr. Robert Brody, chief of the Pain Consultation Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital and a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, who argued that many studies show pain is undertreated. "Pain makes them actively suicidal. Pain destroys their hopes and their lives." Doctors say a major barrier to pain management has been burdensome triplicate prescription forms - which include a copy for the state Justice Department - that are required for the most powerful pain medications such as morphine. There is a lot more to this article, I just can't type it all. It really made me feel encouraged. Please excuse any typos!