The kids are back in school, the Diamondbacks are fighting for a playoff spot, and temperatures are starting to occasionally drop below triple digits! Yes, September is here in Arizona…which also means it is a very special time of year…..Pain Awareness Month.
There’s been a lot of talk about opioids and opioid misuse over the past few years, so Pain Awareness Month is a chance for us to dive deeper into this critical issue. We have listed a number of articles, stories, and informative pieces in the links below. Once you’ve had a chance to read a few of them, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Generating meaningful dialogue around the health issues affecting the people of our state is another way we are working toward our long-term goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!
“Although opioid analgesics rapidly relieve many types of acute pain and improve function, the benefits of opioids when prescribed for chronic pain are much more questionable. [This paper looks at] pharmacologic properties of opioids that underlie both their therapeutic effects and their abuse-producing effects and on the ways in which these properties should inform us in correcting common clinical misconceptions that interfere with the proper prescription and monitoring of opioids in the management of chronic pain.”