Managing Pain in a World Without Opioids

Charles E. Argoff, MD, CPE

Managing pain in a world without opioids is a scenario that would harm some because there are truly, in my experience, individuals for whom the use of an opioid analgesic on a long-term basis, on a regular basis, made a huge difference in that person’s ability to function comfortably and maximally. I think that if society moved in that direction, regrettably it would take a backlash that would likely last. It would take years for there to be momentum to swing the pendulum in the other direction.

I am hoping that we will be able to work collaboratively to limit bad prescribing, recognize that there are those whose substance abuse and other issues create a precarious situation or more precarious situation for opioid or controlled substance prescribing, and that we need to bring an understanding to the table.

More of Dr. Argoff’s thoughts on the appropriate role for opioid therapy may be viewed here and here.

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