Why Naloxone Rescue Kits are Being Co-Prescribed with Opioids

Posted by Meaghan Byrne, PharmD., CPE & Frank Pallaria, RPh on Jan 17, 2018 10:21:41 AM

The United States is facing a public health crisis with the overdose rate involving opioids. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that in 2016 the number of deaths involving a prescription opioid were five times higher than in 1999.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

Mind Over Matter: Using Mindfulness to Ease Chronic Pain

Posted by Erin Leavitt on Jan 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Today over 100 million Americans are said to suffer from chronic pain. As regulations on opioids tighten, many are searching for new and improved ways to manage their pain. Many have found relief in holistic methods, such as mindfulness and meditation. A recent study by the National Institutes of Health used brain imaging to show the ability of mindfulness meditation techniques to mitigate pain without medication.

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Topics: Pain Management

American Chronic Pain Association: Resource Guide to Pain Management

Posted by Kristina Freyou on Jan 3, 2018 8:05:00 AM

It is difficult to know how to move forward once chronic pain has altered someone’s life. It often seems like all that is needed is the right medication or treatment to take away the pain to improve their function. But sometimes that is not enough - especially in the instance of chronic pain. Medication, injections, or surgery sometimes only provide minimal relief. However, there are many other treatment approaches to chronic pain to provide better results.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

The Holy Trinity of Medications: High Risk Combinations

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Nov 8, 2017 8:30:00 AM

While opioids have a proper role in pain management, much of the recent news related to opioids focuses on their dangerous and addictive nature. Adverse effects of opioids have touched countless lives and with the recent announcement by President Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, countless people have become aware that opioids are associated with addiction, abuse, diversion, and other risks. While it’s important to know that using opioids alone is dangerous, the combination of opioids with other medications can often be even more dangerous.

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Topics: Pain Management

How do I Know If I'm at Risk for Opioid Abuse or Misuse?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jul 6, 2017 10:12:06 AM

With opioid abuse and misuse so prevalent today, it is important to understand the scale of the issue and be aware that certain factors might put you or someone you know at risk for developing opioid addiction, abuse, harm or misuse. 

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

How to Manage Pain After Surgery

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jun 22, 2017 9:55:45 AM

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has named 2017 the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery. Anyone who is undergoing surgery wants the process to be as smooth and painless as possible, and the IASP has dedicated this year towards promoting better pain management after surgery, with efforts targeting both healthcare professionals and patients.

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Topics: Pain Management

Is Pain All in My Head?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on May 30, 2017 2:29:30 PM

Pain is the result of signals sent to and interpreted by your brain.  Pain signals can come from many areas of your body, but you do not know you’re in pain until your brain processes and perceives it.  Though the perception of pain is generally initiated once there is an injury (which causes pain signals to be sent to the brain), sometimes even after an injury has healed, the brain still perceives the existence of pain.

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Topics: Pain Management

Topical Compound Medications: An Alternative to Oral Medications

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on May 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Topical compound medications are typically not the first choice for treatment of pain from a workplace injury, but they can be useful in some situations.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

New Treatment Guideline Recommendations for Low Back Pain

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Apr 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The American College of Physicians recently released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend non-drug therapies as the first place to start when treating low back pain.  Whether the low back pain is acute (lasting less than 4 weeks), subacute (4-12 weeks), or chronic (lasting more than 12 weeks), clinicians and patients should not initially select medications alone to improve low back pain and function.

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Topics: Pain Management

Top 8 Pain Management Videos to Watch

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Mar 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Pain is something that about 1 out of every 4 people in the United States deals with on a daily basis. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. 

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Topics: Pain Management

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