Dr. Lynn Webster is a pillar of the pain community. He's an anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist who's considered a leading expert on how to safely prescribe powerful painkillers. There is no clinical evidence that prescription painkillers are effective over the long term for chronic pain. But Dr. Webster has been preaching these powerful meds can be used for long term pain, provided it is done responsibly. It has come as a surprise to many that the Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating him and he's facing a string of lawsuits after the deaths of multiple patients. Despite all of this, Dr. Webster still has his prescription pad. Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the story.
'Duck Dynasty' is a reality TV show. Unlike reality, it is a carefully-produced, semi-scripted and heavily-promoted entertainment vehicle. The stars appear as carefully produced versions of themselves. So when Phil Robertson made controversial comments to GQ magazine about gays, African Americans and non-Christian religions plenty of people took notice. That led to A&E suspending him from the hit show. Anderson takes a closer look at the fallout.
Anderson discussed the uproar over Phil Robertson's comments with social pundit and author Dan Savage, along with New York TImes op-ed columnists Charles Blow and Ross Douthat.
Frank Schaefer defied the rules of the United Methodist Church when he performed his son's same-sex wedding. After suspending Schaefer, church officials officially defrocked him today. Anderson spoke to Schaefer about his situation and the anti-gay comments by 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson.
Some 40 million customers who swiped their cards at Target got their numbers swiped by hackers. If you shopped at Target between November 27 and December 15, your credit card or debit card accounts might be at risk. How could this have happened? What do you do if you are one of the victims? Anderson asked Chief Business Correspondent Christine Romans.
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Robin Meade and Anderson Cooper host a special on the events that shook us—and the people who suddenly became our heroes. That includes Antoinette Tuff who managed to calm and disarm a gunman ready to shoot up an Atlanta middle school. Watch a preview of Anderson's interview with Antoinette now. You can catch her full story tornight and get ready meet more extraordinary and inspirational people.
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