Amid an crackdown on overprescribing doctors in Appalachia, advocates have been increasingly concerned for pain patients who they may turn to street drugs.
People differ not only in their ability to detect, tolerate and respond to pain but also in how they report it and how they respond to various treatments.
What’s the right painkiller prescription to send home with a patient after gallbladder surgery or a cesarean section?
An essential part of treating pain is to first identify what type of pain a person is having and then use a targeted treatment.
From 1996 to 2002, Purdue pursued nearly every avenue in the drug supply and prescription sales chain — a strategy now cast as reckless and illegal in more than 1,500 federal civil lawsuits from communities in Florida to Wisconsin to California that allege the drug has fueled a national epidemic of addiction.