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With the rise in fatal overdoses from prescription opioids and heroin, the government is proposing new guidelines and urging primary-care to find alternative approaches to controlling chronic pain in patients.
A new report showed a, “surge of drug-related overdoses in 2014”, showing once more how this epidemic of addiction and dependency on pills is still prevalent in our society. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is striving to remind doctors that starting a patient on an opiate is a decision that should not be taken lightly; other methods such as physical therapy or non-opioid analgesics should first be used on patients.
If opioids are the only option left, urine tests and monitoring should be implemented to make sure the patient is taking it safely. Primary care providers have expressed concern over managing patients with pain, as many feel they have insufficient training in prescribing opioids. As pharmaceutical industries try to block the release of these guidelines surrounding addicting pain pills, the battle with the CDC continues.