Practical Reviews

Diversion a Growing Problem With Prescription Pain Meds

The prescribing of painkillers (opioids, OxyContin ® , etc) has recently received a lot of attention in the press. How do we deal with patients who request pain medications? How do we decide whether they are drug seekers or are truly trying to get their pain relieved? If people are in pain, my job as a doctor is to try to help relieve their pain. Sometimes the best way to help with their pain is to use opiates. At other times, the best way to treat their pain is to not use opiates. more...
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