Doctors Believe it is Possible to Address Both Chronic Pain and the Opioid Crisis

Doctors Believe it is Possible to Address Both Chronic Pain and the Opioid Crisis

Publication date: Mar 08, 2019

Two interconnected epidemics are affecting the United States right now: opioid abuse and chronic pain.

Because doctors have to prescribe opioids to help deal with chronic pain, the patients are at risk of its potential adverse effects.

Sean Mackey, MD, Stanford’s chief of pain medicine, says that although there are no easy answers, it is possible to address both chronic pain and opioid abuse at the same time.

The number of people with chronic pain complicates the effort to curb the opioid epidemic.

Mackey and Kao said that restricting access to opioids may seem like a good idea, but it prevents people with chronic pain from refilling their opioid prescriptions.

I’ve prescribed opioids for chronic pain and seen that they can work long term.

Mackey then referenced the United States’ National Pain Strategy, a host of tactics outlining solutions to the opioid epidemic.

It can go a long way if a patient’s acute pain can be treated before it develops into chronic pain.

-If we address the goals in the National Pain Strategy,” he said, -it’s going to have a big impact on the dual crises of pain and prescription opioid abuse. “

Concepts Keywords
Addiction Pain management
Anxiety Opioid epidemic
Brain Opioid use disorder
Chih Acute pain
Chronic Pain Morphine
Depression Nociception
Drug Abuse Euphoriants
Elective Surgery RTT
Epidemic Perception
Force Pain
Heroin Opioids
Illicit Drugs Physical therapy
Interdisciplinary Surgeries
Ming Behavioral therapy
Newport Beach Pain Management
Opioid Elective surgery
Opioid Addiction Drug abuse
Opioid Epidemic Chronic pain risk
Opioids
Overdose
Pain
Pain Medicine
Physical Therapy
PTSD
Rehab
Stanford
United States

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease DOID anxiety
disease MESH anxiety
disease MESH PTSD
gene UNIPROT BEST1
drug DRUGBANK Diamorphine
gene UNIPROT THOP1
disease MESH habit
disease DOID cancer
disease MESH cancer
gene UNIPROT IMPACT
gene UNIPROT AOC1
disease DOID opioid abuse
disease MESH opioid abuse
disease MESH Chronic Pain
disease MESH drug abuse
drug DRUGBANK Nonoxynol-9
disease MESH depression

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