How physicians and patients can work together to reduce opiate abuse
March 12, 2015 § Leave a comment
In the MetroWest Daily News, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Medical Director of Addiction Service Barbara Herbert, MD, and her colleagues discuss the ways in which clinicians and patients can reduce the problem of prescription drug and opiate abuse. They note that while physicians seek to treat pain, prescribing pain medications can carry the risk of addiction. Physicians, they say, “must balance the risks and benefits of opioids – while exploring other kinds of treatment in open communication with patients.” In the article, they call on physicians, patients, insurers, and government officials to do their part to tackle the problem.
The article builds on the conversation about prescription drug and opioid abuse that was featured on the television show Physician Focus.