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 […]
Lauren struggled for years with chronic pain flare ups which were managed well with occasional use of a low dose opioid. Things changed for Lauren when a pain specialist started her on round-the-clock use of an extended-release opioid (OxyContin).