How will Trump's War on Opioid Abuse Affect Non-abusers in Pain? - page 3

Trump: Opioid 'national shame' a public health emergency - BBC News I read this article today, and on paper it makes sense and is needed. I also notice some other provisions that are positive es,... Read More

  1. by   Bonemma
    I think the greater concern is the pressure the DEA is putting on prescribers- justly on those who prescribe excessively, but also those MD's, DO's, PA's and NP's who are taking a responsible approach to pain management. To this point, the VA is now actively discouraging, if not prohibiting, their providers from continued opioid use for chronic conditions. Another concern (more of a prediction): an entire generation of medical students will see opioids demonized. As nurses, we know there is an appropriate approach for many conditions. I hope wiser heads prevail.
  2. by   wtbcrna
    Quote from Bonemma
    I think the greater concern is the pressure the DEA is putting on prescribers- justly on those who prescribe excessively, but also those MD's, DO's, PA's and NP's who are taking a responsible approach to pain management. To this point, the VA is now actively discouraging, if not prohibiting, their providers from continued opioid use for chronic conditions. Another concern (more of a prediction): an entire generation of medical students will see opioids demonized. As nurses, we know there is an appropriate approach for many conditions. I hope wiser heads prevail.
    This is a typical pendulum approach. We have went to far one way now will likely go to far the other way.

    My anecdotal experience dealing with VA patients on opioid is that the VA is notorious for over prescribing opioids.

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