STATES CHRONICLE – It appears that conventional pain medicine is starting to be replaced with safer solutions as opioids gained attorney general’s support. The opioids will be used to treat patients that are suffering from chronic pain due to serious illnesses. They are actually safer for the patient than the conventional pain relief medication that is used today.
Prescription drugs addiction has become fairly popular among people that suffered from chronic pain at a certain point in their life. The new national guidelines that were proposed come to help patients that are dealing with such an addiction. The opioids gained attorney general’s support after being categorized as safer than prescription drugs.
By doing this, Tim Fox hopes that prescription drugs addiction will be reduced considerably.
Fox addressed a letter that was signed by 35 additional attorney generals in which he asked the CDC to urge the adoption of the guidelines. The letter was sent this 13th of January.
But the use of opioid substances will be limited to only those patients that suffer from chronic pain. Also, the doctors will receive a set of guidelines to help them assess if a patient can be put on opioid-based painkillers, or stick to prescription drugs. Also, the doctors will be obligated to address the harms of using opioid substances to the patients selected to undergo the said treatment.
Opioids gained attorney general’s support with a big “if” standing in the way. Tim Fox has made it clear that he doesn’t want to replace the addiction caused by prescription drugs with opioids addiction. He is focused on the patient’s safety, quality of life and medical care.
His primary concern is having an alternative for prescription medication that can do far less damage to the patients. But if Vicodin addiction is replaced with opioid addiction his intentions are not met.
The executive officer in chief at the Medical Association in Montana, Jean Branscum, supported, in general, terms, Tim Fox’s initiative, but she also has a few reservations when it comes to the use of opioids in the treatments.
Doctor Branscum is concerned about the proportions of epidemic value of opioid abuse in America. She is suggesting that prescription opioids will only make the drug more available for addicts in the country. The good side in using the substances is that they decreased overdose deaths with up to 14 percent.
Opioids gained attorney general’s support, but not the one of the majority of doctors in America. Jean Branscum says that doctors will be more opened to opioid-based medication when the population will be more educated on the matter and the advantages will overcome the risks.
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