Today's Lunchtime Listen recommendation, "Opioid Overdose Epidemic: A Call to Action" is an audiovisual presentation, supported by the federal Joint Pain Education Project (JPEP), has several statistics about the opioid prescription increase, what the opioid epidemic is, side effects of opioids (pain sensitization, poor sleep) etc. It mentions the 2016 U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action about the Opioid Epidemic. length of video: about 26 minutes.
While the video is a module intended for prescribing practitioners, it has good information for non-prescribing practitioners to understand when talking with your prescribing colleagues about what you offer as non-pharm pain management therapy options for patients.
"1/4 of patients on long-term use opioids for chronic pain struggle with opioid use disorder"
"In 2014, accidental deaths from opioids exceeded accidental deaths from motor vehicle accidents"
After minute 25, the summary:
"#1. DO NOT PRESCRIBE OPIOIDS as a FIRST LINE TREATMENT"
Instead, it is recommended primary care providers consider which non-opioid and non-pharm therapies are appropriate.Here's a quick guide about what non-pharm therapies are commonly used in pain programs and how to refer created by several integrative medicine national organizations: Moving Beyond Medications
Blogposts related to opioid medications and non-pharm options
Calculating Morphine Equivalent Dose
Medication Review and ROS: Opioid Medication Side Effects
The Autumn 2017 White Paper: Acupuncture's Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic
Metrics and Pain Management: Using the DVPRS as your Pain Scale
More Lunchtime Learning Recommendations
Launching an Integrative Health Program in a Medical Center
Integrative Medicine Leadership: Lori Knutson's "Leading Simply in a Complex System"
The Complexity of Acupuncture Research in just 10 minutes
Samueli Institute's On Human Flourishing series
Research Review: Key Studies to Understand when Discussing Pain Management with a Physician