Center for Effective Regulatory Policy & Safe Access (CERPSA)

People in pain deserve humane and compassionate treatment. However, in this anti-opioid climate, they haven’t always been able to receive it.

Stephen Ziegler, Ph.D. founded the Center For Effective Regulatory Policy & Safe Access (CERPSA) to evaluate new, and existing, drug control policies through science-based research, and to communicate its findings to policymakers. CERPSA’s goal is to reduce the suffering that pain patients experience when their access to prescription medication is limited.

That has long been my professional and personal goal, as well. Therefore, I am honored to say that I sit on CERPA’s Board of Directors.

In a future blog, I will describe some of the activities the Center will undertake. For now, I hope you visit the website and consider getting involved to support CERPA’s mission.

Thank you.


  1. Bill Runge on December 22, 2019 at 3:57 am

    I would like to contribute in any way I can. I am a disabled flight paramedic who has suffered from chronic, debillitating pain for over 25 years. I live in Ak. and am willing to support and help your endeavor in any way I can.

    • Joseph G Bush on December 24, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Bill, I also sit on the Board w/ Dr. Webster. Please consider visiting the donation page for CERPSA, And feel free to reach out to us at any point.

  2. Joseph G Bush on December 24, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    The beauty of the work CERPSA will do is that we will truly make a positive difference in the lives of so many. The transformative power of what Dr. Ziegler can do cannot be underestimated.

  3. Megan Smith on January 8, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    I am so happy that you are all so happy & willing to help. As a chronic pain patient, I have been living again for only a few years, after being in some pain for over 30yrs. I am doing okay, but was just informed that my meds need to be cut to fit in with the new CDC guidelines.

    I understand why; my doctor’s office treats many of the complicated cases in our area, & none of them can afford to be shut down by losing their medical license! But it means that almost a third of my meds need to be stopped!

    I was set to enter our state’s med-pot program, until I found out that my insurance can’t cover the expenses. We live in Central NH. My husband also qualifies, but neither of us can afford this natural plant-based medicine! It’s really expensive & were on a fixed income. We both had high hopes that we could get med-pot & not require further opiods to survive, much less thrive.

    How would you suggest we help ourselves while helping others as well? I may be able to rally others as well.

    I thank you wholeheartedly!

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