Last login: Thursday, April 10, 2014
There is some middle ground between addiction and overdose --real and present danger-- and leaving patients in pain. On March 28th, the Prescription Drug Abuse Medical Task Force announced their new Patient Medication Agreement to use with patients who use controlled substances for more than 3 months. The VA's Dr. Robert Smith was one of the speakers. The idea is simple --use some guidelines to manage and monitor how the meds are working, and that these potentially dangerous meds are being used as prescribed. I don't think the medical community is overreacting. For the last few years in San Diego, more people die of Rx-related overdose than in car crashes. I applaud the VA for proactive steps to do no harm, and address the real needs for managing pain at the same time.
April 10, 2014 at 6:33 p.m.
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