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Marijuana: a dangerous, addictive drug or relief for pain patients?

Originally published on Inflexxion Marijuana was valued for its healing powers in many ancient cultures. In ancient Greece, cannabis cured inflammation. In India, it was offered as a cure for leprosy. In China, it was used for just about everything. By 1850, marijuana was listed in the United States Pharmacopeia and was considered acceptable for use in… Read more »

A Q&A with Chronic Pain Specialist, Brett Snodgrass

Brett Snodgrass is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Pain Educator practicing at LifeLinc Pain in Memphis where she is the Director of Clinical Operations. Brett is board certified with the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), where she is currently the Tennessee State Representative. How do I help my patients identify and treat their… Read more »

The Opioid Crisis: A Global Problem

It’s not difficult to imagine the opioid crisis as an isolated problem that only exists within the United States. Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, now leading firearm and motor vehicle deaths, cutting short 91 lives each day. President Trump recently labeled the opioid epidemic a “public health emergency.”… Read more »

Opioids: Prescribe with Care

In the past several years, opioid misuse and abuse has become an increasing problem in our society. Recently, the death of music icon, Prince, was attributed to an accidental overdose of Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opiate used to treat chronic pain. This problem is not limited to high-profile celebrities –– according to the Centers for… Read more »

Exercise and Acetaminophen: Tools for Your Patients’ Pain Treatment Toolbox

Despite all our good intentions to alleviate our patients’ chronic pain symptoms and improve their quality of life, there are many challenges in the way. We have limited time to interact with each individual, and frequently, insurance does not cover the ideal multidisciplinary approach. Adding to these obstacles is the significant increase in prescriptions medications… Read more »

Pain Medications: How Long is Too Long?

Revised by Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD December 2015 There are many different types of pain medications available to help healthcare providers treat patients with chronic pain. Depending on the specific medication, they can be obtained by prescription or are available over-the-counter (OTC). Pain medications provide an important component of most treatment plans intended to relieve… Read more »

Same Opioid, Same Patient Type, Same Response?

Empirical is typically defined1 as “originating in or based on observation or experience” (e.g., empirical data), “relying on experience or observation alone often without due regard for system and theory” (e.g., an empirical basis for a theory), or “capable of being verified or disproved by observation or experiment” (e.g., empirical laws). It is quite common for… Read more »

The First Line of Tamper Resistance of Prescription Pain Medications is. . . You

One of the four definitions that the Merriam-Webster dictionary offers for tampering is “to render something harmful or dangerous by altering its structure or composition.” There is nothing in the definition about intention, such as intent to break the law, intent “to get high,” or other aberrant drug-related behaviors; just the fact that something that changes structure… Read more »

The Beers Criteria

Census data shows that the average number of people in the United States turning 65 each day is approximately 10,000. More people will turn 65 every day for the next 20 years, making this one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population. It is reasonable to think that the number of people seeking medical attention for pain-related… Read more »

Effectively Communicating Medication Benefits and Risks – Are We Getting Better?

At a time of ever-ratcheting concern about the safety of our food and the appropriate, safe use of prescription drugs, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has moved forward in the past with a number of initiatives to better protect public health. Among them are efforts that are likely to impact how pharmaceutical companies help… Read more »