Finding A Better Way To Control Chronic Pain
Doctors in Ohio can now prescribe only seven days of opioids for adults in acute pain, according to regulations that went into effect last week -- an effort to curb dependence on the powerful drugs.
But what about chronic pain?
A large scale-pilot program launched at the Cleveland Clinic is exploring ways to re-think treatment of chronic back and leg pain, in which prescription of opioids will be considered -- but not as the starting point.
Andre Machado, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic