Updates in Opioid Control and Pain Management – What Physicians Should Know

Treating Acute Pain Safely

Physicians are quite familiar with screening methods as a means to prevent opioid addiction in patients and consistently utilize best practice guidelines. Despite these efforts, the opioid epidemic has gotten worse, forcing the CDC to establish the first-ever guidelines for dispensing opioids in March 2016[i]. Consequently, physicians must anticipate growing pressure to further tighten their protocols for prescribing painkillers.

The article How the Opioid Epidemic is Impacting Pain Management and Prescribing Practices prepares surgeons and anesthesiologists for the changes to come with an overview of trending topics such as:

  • How opioid abuse has affected the way opioids are prescribed
  • The role of screening and how it has changed
  • Risks associated with opioid vs. non-opioid pain management
  • Clinician awareness of opioids’ effect on patients

References

[i] Szabo, Liz. “Doctors told to avoid prescribing opiates for chronic pain.” USA TODAY. N.p., 16 Mar. 2016. Web. Click Here

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