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Addressing the Opioid Crisis

10 Tips for Healthcare Practitioners

Topic Healthcare

Health care professionals

May 2018 - 100 Million people in the United States live with chronic pain. Defining pain begins by recognizing that it is a subjective and conscious experience. It is an unpleasant sensory response to actual or perceived tissue damage that, left untreated, predisposes individuals to short-term and long-term consequences. Some people have legitimate need for strong pain medications, such as opioids. Most people do not. Opioids as defined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) include prescription opioids, heroin and fentanyl. Opioid addiction is a crisis. It has become one of the most challenging issues for healthcare providers, politicians and ordinary citizens.

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