Our stance on opioid therapy
In the last twenty years, sales of opioids, and indeed, doctors’ prescriptions for them, have increased dramatically. While availability and an aging population are no doubt factors, the data are nevertheless alarming. When coupled with findings by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that 48 million Americans (roughly 20% of the U.S. population) have used prescription drugs for non-medical use, it’s hard to assume anything but an alarming epidemic of abuse.
Today in the United States, Opioids are the primary drug resulting in preventable deaths. As pain management specialists, we are acutely aware of the need for opioids in medical applications. In some cases when every other treatment has failed, these medications are the only way to alleviate a patient’s suffering from pain and improve their function and quality of life.
We are committed to the prudent prescription of opioids only when medically necessary and after certain conditions are met as part of a comprehensive treatment plan that reduces risks and maximizes benefits. We make every effort to shield our patients from the significant risks associated with opioids also known as narcotic medications. We follow strict DEA recommendations and we prescribe these substances only if the patient has failed other therapeutic options, after they meet specific inclusion criteria and only if it is absolutely medically necessary.