What is Plan B while we wait for a new molecule?

Author: Elaine S. Date

Dr. Date works at a county hospital in San Mateo, California, where opioids are just one of the tools in the pain management toolbox.

I think that we cannot limit the opioid use. I think opioids are a part of pain management. I think we have to use it very carefully. I think we have to make education absolutely essential with our patients - to not mix with other medications for example, timing of the medications, that type of thing. But I don't think we can eliminate opioids completely in many cases. I think that using other alternative methods such as methods which are non-invasive to manage pain is an alternative, especially if we use it in a very supportive way; for example, some of the classes we have are on education and how to manage pain.


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