Expertise
Why America Can’t Kick Its Painkiller Problem  |  June 9, 2015

Why America Can’t Kick Its Painkiller Problem This story, published in Time Magazine, was written by Massimo Calabresi and highlights the effects of the opioid epidemic and the downstream impact it has had on the small communities of our country. This is not the first Time cover that opioids have claimed, and I seriously doubt…

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UT Surgeon Urges Hospital to Use Non-Addictive Pain Meds Following Surgery  |  March 12, 2015

UT Surgeon Urges Hospital to Use Non-Addictive Pain Meds Following Surgery An interesting, quick read and one of the first I’ve seen where a surgeon is urging for use of non-opioid medications.  The story was published in the Knoxville Daily Sun and describes how Dr. Mancini at UT Medical Center is leading an effort to…

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Surge in Narcotic Prescriptions for Pregnant Women  |  February 14, 2015

Surge in Narcotic Prescriptions for Pregnant Women This is an astonishing article that stems from a 2014 report that was originally published in the Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The research looked at the 1.1 million pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid, who covers medical expenses for 45% of US births, and found that 23% of pregnant…

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Significant Pain Reduction in Chronic Pain Patients After Detox from High-Dose Opioids  |  January 7, 2015

Significant pain reduction in chronic pain patients after detox from high-dose opioids This is a brilliant study conducted by colleagues of mine here in Nashville and published in the Journal of Opioid Management. Even though this was published a few years back, I think it goes well beyond the recent realization that opioids are ineffective…

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A Nation In Pain – Express Scripts Report  |  January 5, 2015

A Nation In Pain by Express Scripts Report This large study of 36 million pharmacy claims, representing 6.8 million lives, provides valuable insight into recent opioid prescribing trends. The study defined short-term users as those who received a supply of 30 days or less in a one year period, and anyone who went beyond the 30…

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Why The Business of Pain Management is Big and Getting Bigger  |  December 1, 2014

Why The Business of Pain Management is Big and Getting Bigger Released by Triple Tree a few weeks ago, this report provides a very comprehensive and accurate analysis of the current state of the pain management industry today. Their insightful review points to numerous drivers behind the high economic cost and poor clinical outcomes that are produced…

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