Ethical guidelines protecting people from a healthcare system too quick to profile them as opioid abusers, written into the standards of care, becomes an essential element of protecting the health and wellbeing of a public. Our tunnel vision on stopping opioid abuse can no longer afford the continued collateral damage it is causing. It is after all, the primary mandate of every state medical board to protect the public from healthcare gone awry, including those with chronic non-cancer pain.
All patients should understand this, they can’t be compelled to sign away their rights for legal counsel as a condition for being treated for a medical problem, this is a protected right under federal and state law in all fifty states.
Guidelines are still lacking and need further refinements for situations where chronic pain patients experience acute pain scenarios such as surgery, accidents and exacerbations of existing medical conditions
Consistent with the guidelines for chronic pain, Ohio’s guidelines for acute pain are both rational and flexible, providing safety, promoting responsible use without tying the hand of physicians when addressing patients and circumstances which fall outside expectations.
Is it right or wrong to substantively deny chronic pain patients medication, most of which have used it without incident, for the possibility of maybe curtailing illicit drug use and overdose deaths?
In summary, evidence on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain outside of end-of-life care remains limited, with insufficient evidence
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A suspension action does not require a hearing and can be expedited in the interest of public safety with the evidence at hand.