78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. These staggering statistics have brought about several initiatives aimed at reducing the prescribing of opioids and limiting their availability to the masses. At the same time, chronic pain continues to be a common health problem - especially for injured workers. The balance of aggressive chronic pain treatment with the need to minimize the risks of opioids has left several people wondering what the future of opioids and pain management will look like.
Within the last decade, the internet has become a mecca of information. More and more people are turning to the web to find helpful information with the push of a button. But with so much content to sort through, how do people recognize valuable and factual information?
Last week, the U.S. Surgeon General released a first of its kind report on the impact of substance abuse in America. The results were staggering. These days, more people in America use prescription opioids than use tobacco, and more people suffer from a substance abuse disorder (including opioids and alcohol) than people with cancer.
Chronic pain affects about 1 out of every 4 people in the U.S. at a cost of about $600 billion per year. Pain has become a widespread problem that we at IWP care about improving.
At the heart of every workers' compensation claim is an injured worker who is seeking the benefits that will help them return to work quickly and without issue. Over the past few years, we've seen several trends within work comp aimed at improving patient care and lowering overall costs.
Opioids have become a topic that, we as a nation, are learning not to take lightly. At IWP, we strive to empower people to make informed decisions about their medications. Specifically, when considering opioids for chronic pain, there are important considerations to take into account to help ensure they are used only when their benefits outweigh their risks.
Chronic pain can come in many different forms. Somatic, visceral and neuropathic pain are just a few types of pain that an estimated 100 million Americans suffer from. Neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, continues to be a significant medical issue, as a reported 7-8% of adults currently have chronic pain with neuropathic characteristics.
The nation’s opioid epidemic has quickly become a public safety issue, making the news almost every day. Several thought leaders within public and private agencies are aiming their efforts toward curbing opioid abuse and its associated outcomes. One such effort centers around the ability to understand how potent one opioid is compared to another in order to identify high risk opioid doses that can lead to overdose.
Recovering from a physical work injury can often come with a treatment plan timeline to rehabilitation. For instance, a treating physician may say a moderate ankle injury could heal within 6 to 8 weeks with proper rest and adherence. However, when a worker is injured on the job, their injury comes with more than physical limitations.
Medication errors harm an astonishing 1.5 million people every year and account for $3.5 billion in hospital costs for treating the drug-related injury. At IWP, our pharmacists go well beyond filling medications; they identify and prevent medication-related problems with our Four-Point Quality Check system.