Unintended Consequences

March 22, 2016

by Pamela Katz Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC, Faculty, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program, Tufts University School of Medicine, moderator of PREP-Aired Blog

The PREP program congratulates faculty member Carol Curtiss, MSN, RN-BC on the publication of her article, I’m Worried About People in Pain, in the American Journal of Nursing ( AJN, Jan 2016, Vol 1Carol Curtiss, MSN, RN16, No. 1).  Carol skillfully argues that while both chronic pain and prescription drug abuse are public health crises in the U.S., efforts to address opioid abuse may lead to unintended consequences for people who suffer with persistent pain and benefit from responsible use of opioids as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.  As we tackle the complex public health crisis of prescription abuse through regulation and policy, we must also remain cognizant of the needs of those who suffer from chronic pain by including pain clinicians and patients at the health policy table.

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