Is Reduction in Opioid Use in Pain Management Desirable?

While the healthcare community seems to generally be in agreement that opioids are being used excessively in pain management, there does not appear to be much willingness to explore other treatment modalities. The Drug Topics magazine recently published an interesting article by Dr. Allen Nichol of CeutiCare, Inc., outlining his experience with proposing a novel clinical approach to management of chronic pain.

Based on Dr. Nichol’s  experience, it would seem that regulatory actions, such as rescheduling of certain products, imposing distribution quotas, etc., are preferred to exploring new avenues of pain management that may involve more than just writing a prescription for opioids. Regulation may help to curb some of the abuse, but proper management of chronic pain is critical in this effort. Merely limiting access to opioids will not solve our problem. As healthcare providers we should explore every avenue to provide adequate pain relief without overreliance on any particular treatment modality, particularly one that is as prone to abuse as opioids.

Read the full article here: http://drugtopics.modernmedicine.com/managed-healthcare-executive/news/pain-management-and-reduction-opiate-use-proven-model-meets-resistance

One thought on “Is Reduction in Opioid Use in Pain Management Desirable?

  1. Ivan; Thanks or posting this. I read the article by Dr. Allen Nichol and was astounded that there were so many institutions that refused to implement his program. My best guess is that many institutions, including mine, do have programs that involve the implementation of a “pain cocktail” as such that addresses nerve pain, inflammation, break through pain, accompanied with non-medication alternatives such as acupuncture, meditation, diet and others. That said, a standardization of chronic pain treatment that includes appropriate lab testing as well as all of the suggested alternatives would be a tremendous step forward. I certainly encourage Dr. Nichol to continue his education process. As I have said before, Just Keep Shoveling and you will eventually finish digging the trench!
    Steve

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