Chronic pain is an invisible epidemic that affects people of all ages and backgrounds
100 million people in the U.S. live with chronic pain
Many people conceal their pain because of stigma or shame
The personal, societal, and financial costs of chronic pain are enormous
Michael Wong, JD, (Founder and Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety) reminds people that although opioids accountable for the deaths of 91 Americans die each day, the prescribing of opioids should be balanced and recognize that they may be appropriate for some patients.
In advocating for a balanced approach to opioid prescribing, Mr Wong reminds clinicians that they should ensure that all their patients receiving opioids should be monitored to ensure their safety and prevent opioid-induced respiratory adverse events and death. For further details on why all patients receiving opioids should be monitored, please click here.
About Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety is a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to promote safer clinical practices and standards for patients through collaboration among healthcare experts, professionals, scientific researchers, and others, in order to improve healthcare delivery. For more information, please go to www.ppahs.org.
SOURCE Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety