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The Dangers Of Doctor Shopping

Doctor shopping is the practice of obtaining prescription medications, often narcotic painkillers, from multiple physicians. With the rates of pain medication abuse and overdose at alarmingly high levels in recent years, doctor shopping is a major source of concern for physicians and pharmacies everywhere. What is doctor shopping? The practice [...]

Do Opioid Legislations And Regulations Work?

A question many chronic pain patients ask is do opioid legislations and regulations work? The answer isn't cut and dry. One of the most pressing issues in medicine these days is also one of the most complicated. There is a fine balance between appropriate, responsible prescribing of opioids for patients [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:22:13-07:00February 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Do Opioid Legislations And Regulations Work?

CDC Releases Controversial New Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain now affects more people in the U.S than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. While chronic pain has been around as long as humans, diagnosis of pain has grown due to increased awareness and better diagnostic instruments. Along with an increase [...]

By |2016-11-17T16:57:48-07:00October 29th, 2015|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

Reducing Risks Of Prescription Painkillers

For some chronic pain patients, prescription painkillers are a part of the treatment plan. The risks of long-term use of opioids have been well-documented and include things like dependence, loss of efficacy, and sleep apnea or depressed breathing. Being aware of the risks is just the first step of safely [...]

By |2016-11-17T10:44:55-07:00February 20th, 2015|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Reducing Risks Of Prescription Painkillers

Opioids And The Military

Soldiers returning from battle continue their fight on the home front, but the enemy is often invisible. Many military veterans don’t want to talk about it and don’t want to admit it, but after their tour of duty, injury and chronic pain earned in battle often follows them home. Nearly [...]