Wednesday, March 5, 2014

How Did We Get Here? A Past Society President On the Opioid Crisis


How Did We Get Here?
A Past Society President On the Opioid Crisis

To the Editor:

As a pain physician with experience treating chronic pain patients over the past 30 years—initially as medical director of the Boston Pain Center, subsequently the Presbyterian Hospital Pain Center and currently Carolina Pain Associates—I need to share my thoughts on the current health care crisis as it affects patients who have acute and chronic pain.
Across the country but especially in the South, with Broward County in Florida one of the earliest areas to be in crisis, pain patients are increasingly unable to get their pain medication prescriptions filled. This is especially true for controlled substances and most problematic when those substances are opioid analgesics.
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