Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, and frustrating for patients and physicians. Children tend to respond well to treatments, especially rehabilitation programs dedicated to chronic pain syndromes, but patients who do not respond to conventional treatments may experience cycles of pain and loss of function.
The Ohio Third Frontier Commission will award some $7 million in grants for projects aimed at preventing prescription overdoses, treating addiction and creating alternatives to opioid pain medications.
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A study in JAMA Neurology found patients with polyneuropathy who received long-term opioid therapy had greater risks for adverse outcomes, such as depression, opioid dependence or overdose and other chemical dependence, compared with those who were treated for less than 90 days. The findings, based on data for 2,892 patients, also showed that patients who used opioids in the long term were more likely to need an assistive device, report pain, have functional limitations or report difficulty in performing daily activities or report being no longer employed.
Significant increases in prescriptions for gabapentin and pregabalin suggest physicians are choosing them for a wider variety of pain than approved indications, in response to the opioid epidemic, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. The authors said additional research is needed to better define the role these drugs play in pain management.
HHS Secretary Tom Price said there is no need to declare the opioid abuse epidemic a national public health emergency, as recommended by the White House's opioid commission, because the administration already has the ability to take action to curb the crisis, although the idea was not taken off the table entirely. President Donald Trump said his administration will fight the opioid crisis by strengthening law enforcement and security along the southern border to prevent drugs from entering the US.
The US should fund data sharing among state-based prescription-drug monitoring databases as well as provide technical support for regional law enforcement's substance diversion efforts, according to an interim report from the President's Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. "In addition to sharing data between states and the federal government, the PDMP needs to be improved with regard to its ease of use, and inclusion of other data to assist prescribing doctors," the report said.
Please submit your nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors and Nominating Committee. Nominees must be APS members and should demonstrate such leadership qualities as vision, strategic thinking, motivation, communication skills and a sense of mission and dedication to the Society, its members and the purposes we serve. The deadline to submit a nomination is Aug. 14. Learn more.
Each year, the American Pain Society presents seven prestigious awards at its annual meeting. Now is your opportunity to recognize a colleague and nominate them for an award! The deadline for nominations is Aug. 28. Learn more.
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