Dr. James Choo’s recent opinion piece appeared in the February 2017 edition of Pain Medicine News.
The commentary was entitled, “Multidisciplinary Pain Treatment in the World of Opioid Guidelines”. Below is an excerpt from the piece:
“Recent opioid treatment guidelines from the CDC and states further reinforce the implicit message—to much of the public and medical community—that pain treatment equals opioid prescribing.
“In reality, treating chronic pain is more nuanced, and the available opportunities for treatment should be deepened. The prescription drug abuse epidemic has taken much of the attention away from the chronic pain pandemic, a more pervasive and costlier disease than the current prescription drug abuse problem. We rarely take a step back and educate the public on what works and what is helpful for chronic pain.”
Click here to read the full piece.