Prevention of Unintentional Death in Chronic Pain Management
Opioid analgesics are the primary culprits in the vast majority of U.S. overdose deaths. An analysis conducted by investigators at the CDC in Atlanta, Ga., showed that 75.2 percent of pharmaceutical deaths involved opioids, either alone or in combination with other drugs.
“Data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics show drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010. Pharmaceuticals, especially opioid analgesics, have driven this increase. Other pharmaceuticals are involved in opioid overdose deaths, but their involvement is less well characterized,” according to the CDC. The data show that in 2010 there were 38,329 drug overdose deaths in the United States. Of the pharmaceutical-related overdose deaths, 74.3 percent (16,451) were unintentional, 17.1 percent (3,780) were suicides, and 8.4 percent (1,868) were of undetermined intent. This session will address the gap in chronic pain management that allows for unintentional death.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- List the population groups at highest risk for unintentional overdose
- Explain the purpose behind state-initiated prescription drug monitoring programs, as recommended by the CDC
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Lynn R. Webster, MD, FACPM, FASAM
American Academy of Pain Medicine
Co-Founder and Chief Medical Director
Salt Lake City, Utah
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- 0.75 AMA - Physicians
- 0.75 ANCC - Nurses
- 0.75 Attendance - General Attendance