Find­ing bal­ance on opi­oids

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE - Re: Wayne Buehrer,

Thank you, John In­gold, for re­port­ing on an im­por­tant is­sue. Doc­tors need to find a bal­ance be­tween the le­git­i­mate use of opi­oids for chronic pain treat­ment and the prob­lem of opi­oid abuse. Sim­ply re­fus­ing to pre­scribe opi­oids is, in my opin­ion, a dere­lic­tion of the doc­tor’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to treat the pa­tient with the best tools avail­able. The opi­oid abuse epi­demic is real, but doc­tors should be able to stand up for what is right for their pa­tients with­out fear of ret­ri­bu­tion from reg­u­la­tory agen­cies. New guide­lines that give them this op­tion, plus bet­ter train­ing for doc­tors in chronic pain man­age­ment, would be steps in the right di­rec­tion.

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