NPR recently aired an interview between NY Times reporter Barry Meier and Fresh Air’s Terry Gross regarding prescription pain medicine abuse and his new ebook – “A World of Hurt: Fixing Pain Medicine’s Biggest Mistake”.
Mr Meier suggested that physicians should be treating the actual cause of pain rather than just prescribing pain medications, that patients can reduce chronic pain by exercise, and questioned the role of drugs like Oxycontin for treating chronic pain.
In fact this is just one of many recent backlashes against doctors for prescribing narcotic medications. Doctors who prescribe narcotic pain medications now face multiple telephone calls from individual and insurance company pharmacists urging them to taper narcotic medications or try something else.
It is true that there has been a marked increase in the use of prescription narcotic medications for chronic non-cancer pain over the last 2 yrs, and this has led to many cases of prescription medication abuse, including unintentional overdose deaths!
That is why we plead for FIRST use non-opioid analgesics low in side effects, such as PEA. Furthermore, clinical research demonstrated PEA added to opioids can enhance the analgesic effects of opiods and can reduce the amount of opioids taken for reaching sufficient analgesia.