chronic pain

Major study finds ‘no evidence’ that cannabis relieves chronic pain

A large study stretching over a 4-year period challenges popular beliefs, as it finds “no evidence” that cannabis use improves the symptoms of chronic pain. More and more people are taking prescription opioids for pain management, making the phenomenon “an emerging public health concern globally.” Of all the countries in the world,…

Quantum Units Education: New CEU Courses

Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain Opioids are commonly prescribed for pain.  This CEU course provides recommendations that address when to initiate or continue opioids for chronic pain, assesses risk and harm of opioid use, and opioid selection, dosage, duration, follow-up, and discontinuation. Breastfeeding Basics: Benefits, Support, Tips, and Concerns Breastfeeding…

The difficult choices: Managing chronic pain while avoiding opioid abuse

Rather than being considered a miracle pill that magically takes away pain, prescription opioids are increasingly being seen as a precursor to heroin addiction and the cause of potentially deadly overdoses themselves. However, select patients do still benefit from the use of opioids in the management of chronic pain. The…

New Jersey Emergency Room Tries Treating Most Patients Without Opioids

A hospital emergency room in New Jersey has started a program that treats most patients without opioids before considering using them. In the first two months, 75 percent of the 300 patients have gone through the program did not need opioids, according to the Associated Press. The Alternatives to Opiates program…

Breaking Cycle of Pain and Stress in Chronic Pain Patients Dependent on Opioids

Doctors at Stanford University are trying to help people dependent on opioid painkillers break the vicious cycle in which physical pain and emotional distress exacerbate one another. Through an intensive week-long inpatient program that combines physical and occupational therapy, lifestyle and behavioral modifications and medication, patients have experienced significant improvements…