Where is the patient in the discussion of the opioid epidemic? – KevinMD | Blake Kelly, MD | April 13, 2017
This pain management doctor knows us; he understands exactly why pain patients need opioids. He points out that opioids are used as the last (and only) resort for pain patients that have tried absolutely everything else.
The opioid epidemic has been declared loud and clear in the media over the past several years.
Doctors have been demonized, and patients have been stereotyped. The statistics are alarming.
However, I have yet to see anything published that focuses on the patient who lives with chronic pain. There is very little understanding for these individuals.