Developed by the Washington State Agency Medical Directors’ Group (AMDG) in collaboration with an Expert Advisory Panel, Actively Practicing Providers, Public Stakeholders, and Senior State Officials. For the full pdf click here.
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CDC Vitalsigns: Health issues that cause people pain don’t vary much from place to place—not enough to explain why, in 2012, health care providers in the highest-prescribing state wrote almost 3 times as many opioid painkiller prescriptions per person as […]
When you need opioids and when you don’t. Consumer Reports Health: Opioids (narcotics) are common pain medicines. They can help if you have bad short-term pain—like pain after surgery for a broken bone. They can also help you manage pain […]
Despite low-quality evidence supporting practice change, use of chronic opioid therapy (COT) for chronic non-cancer pain increased dramatically over the past two decades. Concurrently, opioid analgesic overdose deaths, addiction, misuse and diversion have increased markedly. PROP Opioid Prescribing Guide
Back pain affects most adults, causes disability for some, and is a common reason for seeking healthcare. In the United States, opioid prescription for low back pain has increased, and opioids are now the most commonly prescribed drug class. More […]
Deaths resulting from prescription opioids tripled in the United States between 1999 and 2007 and are also increasing in many other countries, including the United Kingdom. Irfan A Dhalla, Navindra Persaud, and David N Juurlink describe how this situation developed […]