Opioid Epidemic for Pain Relief Has Waned But is Not Over

PainRelief.com: What should readers take away from your report?

  • The opioid epidemic has waned but is not over.  New abuse has declined but we still have many that deal with opioid addiction and we need to provide adequate addiction treatment services. Additionally, we need to maintain vigilance and keep the public informed on the abuse and addiction potential of opioids.   Although opioids are only moderately effective for chronic pain and have a large abuse potential, opioids are still important in treating acute pain (such as after surgery) and they still have an important place in pain control under the right circumstances and with the supervision of medical practitioners. 

PainRelief.com: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

  • Response: We desperately need new and innovative non-opioid pain treatment options. 

PainRelief.com: Any disclosures?

  • I do not have any conflict of interest in this domain (pain medicine) but am a co-founder and CIO of a medical technology startup company: RaPID Medical Technologies LLC.  My Company use Artificial Intelligence (deep learning) in the radiology and the patient safety arena, so no direct conflict but I am trying to be as transparent as possible.

Citation:

ANESTHESIOLOGY┬« 2020 abstract “Finally, A Decrease In Abuse Of Prescription Pain Medications Over Time”
Authors: Mario Moric, M.S., Asokumar Buvanendran, M.D.

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