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Managing Chronic Pain

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Overview / Abstract:

Chronic pain management is a global health priority. Millions of adults (11%-19% of the US population) suffer daily from chronic, noncancer pain. A conservative estimate of the economic burden of pain in the US, including both healthcare costs and lost work productivity, is $560 - $635 billion annually. Most patients use a combination of non-drug approaches and medication to help alleviate pain. Although all drug treatments have risks that must be carefully weighed against the potential benefits, opioids carry the significant risks of addiction and respiratory depression. The increasing rate of opioid overdose deaths, which was 5 times higher in 2016 compared with 1999, has overwhelmed this country – and created pressure for providers to improve their knowledge of pain management.

This review is intended to improve the provider’s ability to safely treat chronic pain. The general concepts of pain management are summarized, with a focus on drug therapy options. Greater emphasis is placed on opioids due to the current opioid epidemic in the US, and the responsibility of healthcare providers to help prevent abuse and misuse.


Oct 23, 2021


Nursing CNE, Pharmacy CPE





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Jeffrey Fudin, BSPharm, PharmD, DAIPM, FCCP, FASHP, FFSMB is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for Remitigate, LLC in Delmar NY. He serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Western New England University College of Pharmacy in Springfield MA, and also at the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Albany NY. He is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist and Pain/Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency Director at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany NY.

Jeffrey Bettinger, PharmD is currently completing his PGY-2 Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacy Residency at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany NY.

Activity Specialities / Related Topics

Pain Management

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Continuing Education Network Inc. Pain, Chronic Pain, Opioids, noncancer pain, pain management, overdose, overdose deaths

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