Chronic pain is debilitating, and it can cause patients to “fall through the cracks”. Health care institutions struggle to find ways to create “nets” and catch these patients.

Pain medications include opioids which are used to treat chronic pain. Opioids often fail to treat the patient’s primary medical condition.

As time goes by, patients tend to be unsatisfied with the results. Also, there is a good chance that some of these types of pain medications will be abused.

In fact, pain medicines such as opioids are part of the United States opioid crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids.

(CDC/NCHS, 2017) The opioids include prescription drugs, including fentanyl, and synthetic street drugs such as heroin. It is estimated that the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion a year which includes the costs in health care, lost productivity, addiction therapy, and criminal justice involvement. Read more from…

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