John Temple, author of “American Pain,” will share findings from his book on a Florida pain clinic that recklessly prescribed opioids, as well as how some operators have now shifted into running treatment centers and sober living facilities.
Las Vegas Recovery Center chief medical officer Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM, shared risks of using opioids to treat chronic pain and offered non-medication alternatives to improve patients’ ability to function on Thursday at NCAD West.
The lifetime prevalence of a substance use disorder (SUD) hovers around 20% in the general population. The lifetime prevalence of chronic pain is about the same. Rates of both are much higher, however, in the psychiatric patient population.