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Wednesday, September 6
The concept of pain management as a fundamental human right is being challenged in the US due to the public health crisis of prescription opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose, which coincided with increased opioid prescribing. Media reports often blame this crisis on clinicians prescribing opioids in excess of clinical need. Although overprescribing contributes to the problem, opioids are still underprescribed for many legitimate patients who need these medications to function. Policymakers, however, struggle to develop balanced policies to address the opioid crisis, which also safeguard appropriate patient access.
Polarization between permissive and restrictive opioid-prescribing camps in the pain community is growing. Caught in the middle are patients who need chronic opioid therapy to function. Fewer clinicians are willing to prescribe opioids chronically, quoting guidelines, flawed systematic reviews, or media stories to claim there is no evidence to support such use. These actions can stigmatize patients, worsen their sense of isolation, and undermine their resilience and self-esteem. It's time to shift the focus from politics to patients.
After attending this PDM program, participants should be better able to:
Charles E. Argoff, MD, CPE
Michael C. Barnes, Esq
Posted on August 15, 2017