For chronic pain sufferers, there is a real problem with the abuse of painkillers in the United States. While the number of patients who have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers — 100 million plus — is vastly more than the number of people addicted to painkillers — 11 million — there is a stigma attached to the prescribing, dispensing and utilization of pain medicines.
The New York Times outlines the controversy surrounding the recent FDA approval of Oxycontin in children. “Just because OxyContin has been abused or prescribed inappropriately doesn’t mean we should deprive the children who need the drug,” Kathleen Neville, pediatric oncologist at Arkansas Children's Hospital told The New York Times, adding it is “our obligation to have the best level of evidence for its use in children.” (The New York Times)
According to CBS Miami, the Florida Board of Pharmacy has adopted a rule change that looks to help pharmacists ensure that patients who need prescribed controlled substances can get them. “Instead of starting out with trying to find a reason to doubt a prescription, you start off with an assumption that everything in the prescription is good, and you work towards achieving patient access,” Florida Pharmacy Association EVP Michael Jackson said. (CBS Miami)
More than 80% of Americans support medical school and physician residency programs to provide training for physicians in how to treat chronic pain and how to detect and treat addiction to prescription pain medication.
PUTTING A FACE ON PAIN MANAGEMENT
Chronic pain sufferer Dennis Kinch pens book to encourage pain community
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome patient Ellen Smith serves as advocate for pain relief
Gina Libby strives to improve pain medication legislation
Former radio personality Radene Marie Cook rues 'fail first' treatment plans
The pharmaceutical company is donating thousands of its Evzio auto-injectors ahead of a planned Oct. 4 Washington, D.C. rally for recognizing and treating opioid addiction.
CVS/pharmacy has also renewed its Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program.
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention this week announced that a new draft guideline for prescribing opioids to patients with chronic pain was in the works.
U.S. Pain Foundation founder and president Paul Gileno duscusses his personal connection to chronic pain and the importance of focusing on pain management — particularly during September, Pain Awareness Month.
However, patients in the 10-17 years age group also showed the greatest improvement in appropriate prescription drug use compared to all other age groups over a four-year period.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launced its new program, “Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States,” which aims to invest in 16 states currently battling an epidemic of prescription drug overdoses.