West Virginia is Fighting Back Against Opioid Addiction
Dr. Timothy Deer was quoted in an article on AOL.com April 20 addressing the state’s efforts to curb opioid abuse.
The article, written by Harrison Jacobs, describes the creation of a state-based Expert Pain Management Panel made up of pain specialists, pharmacists, and health-insurance representatives with the goal of fighting back against local opioid overprescription and abuse. Dr. Deer is cochair of the panel.
An excerpt from the article quotes Dr. Deer as he describes the panel’s objectives and some of the key challenges they face:
According to Dr. Timothy Deer, the CEO of the Center for Pain Relief and the other cochair of the panel, the team is focused on achieving three goals:
- Create a pain-treatment framework where opioids are not used on patients too early
- Provide clear guidelines, effective drug-monitoring, and screening so that opioids are used properly when prescribed
- Encourage consultation with other specialists (such as neurologists, surgeons, and pain-management specialists) before potentially committing patients to a lifelong dependence on opioids