Tag: abuse

Preventing Opioid Abuse Shouldn’t Mean Ignoring Patients’ Pain

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW AUGUST 14, 2019 From lawsuits by several states against the manufacturers of opioids to criminal prosecutions against pharmaceutical executives, much has been made about pain medications and their misuse. In many cases, these are necessary actions  to address predatory practices that have hurt patients. Unfortunately, if you just pay attention to these headlines,…

Empathy Must Be Included in Pain Management Education

3rd August, 2019 By Lynn Webster, M.D. This article, in a slightly edited form, first appeared on Pain News Network on August 3, 2019. The National Institutes for Health (NIH) has published a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks input from “stakeholders throughout the scientific research and medical education community and the general public regarding the Centers…

Los Angeles Times: With opioid abuse surging, expert panel recommends drug screening for all U.S. adults

Soaring rates of painkiller abuse are one factor that prompted an expert panel to recommend that primary care doctors screen all their adult patients for illicit drug use. (David Maialetti / Philadelphia Inquirer) By MELISSA HEALY STAFF WRITER  AUG. 13, 2019, 4:22 PM It’s time for doctors to start asking every patient, every time: Have you…