PainRelief.com Interview with:
Lauren R. Gorfinkel MPH
New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York, NY
Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: The opioid crisis has led to clear declines in opioid prescribing across North America, however, chronic pain remains an extremely common health problem with limited treatment options. This study was therefore interested in using nationally-representative data to find out whether alternative pain medications are growing more popular as opioid prescriptions decline.