Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Expert Rev Neurother. 2013 May;13(5):527-43; quiz 544. doi: 10.1586/ern.13.33.

Lessons learned in the abuse of pain-relief medication: a focus on healthcare costs.

Author information

1
Pain Management Center of Paducah, Paducah, KY 42003, USA. drlm@thepainmd.com

Abstract

The increasing prevalence of chronic pain with its major societal impact and the escalating use of opioids in managing it, along with their misuse, abuse, associated fatalities and costs, are epidemics in modern medicine. Over the past two decades, multiple lessons have been learned addressing various issues of abuse. Multiple measures have already been incorporated and more are expected to be incorporated in the future, which in turn may curtail the abuse of drugs and reduce healthcare costs, but these measures may also jeopardize access to appropriate pain treatment. This manuscript describes the lessons learned from the misuse, abuse and diversion of opioids, escalating healthcare costs and the means to control this epidemic.

PMID:
23621310
DOI:
10.1586/ern.13.33
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Taylor & Francis
    Loading ...
    Support Center