Blog Helps Doctor Educate Medical Community on Use of Opiates for Bipolar

Retired Nashville physician Dr. Robert T. Cochran has just launched a new blog in hopes of educating the medical community and the public about his controversial book, The Opiate Cure. Dr. Cochran's blog may be read at

In 2011, Dr. Robert T. Cochran published his third book about the management of chronic pain. This one titled, The Opiate Cure. The Opiate Cure is a book about Dr. Robert T. Cochran's many case studies of patients who under his care, received opiates for the treatment and/or relief of chronic pain and/or bipolar disorder. Not all of the medical community, including some state medical boards, are in agreement with his case studies.

When asked if local Tennessee doctors are embracing this method of treatment, "Embracing is not the proper word. Accepting, might be a more-suitable word, but this is all in fear of the Board [Tennessee State Medical Board] and societal fear," according to Dr. Cochran.

When asked why opiates are such a hot button in the medical community? "The Harrison Tax Act made the possession of opiates illegal. Prior to that time, you could just go to the grocery store and buy it off the shelf. Currently, there is a problem with the illegal use of opiates, so many state boards are tightening down on the prescribing of these medications as well. Oddly, now that are fewer opiates being prescribed by physicians, the incidence of heroin use on the streets is increasing. The street cost of heroin is cheaper than street cost of methadone, oxycodone and Oxycontin", said Dr. Cochran.

Doctor Cochran's book does not promote the illicit use of any drug. What it does convey is that according to his many case studies, many of his patients found great relief after being prescribed opiates when suffering from bipolar disease and/or chronic pain. The relationship between the two disorders, and the relief patients received after taking opiate medications, is perhaps something the medical community will need time to diagnose and process.

Learn more about Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. and his book by visiting his new blog located at

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