1. 1/16/13- How to Monitor Opioid Use

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    You can help your doctor monitor your prescription medication. A report by Sciencedaily.com states Opioids are the most prescribed medicines given to patients suffering from chronic pain. Misuse of this prescription medication is a growing concern among those in the medical profession. Taking the wrong dose of your medication could spell trouble for you and even be dangerous to your health. Webmd.com, citing the Centers for Disease Control reports that 40 Americans die from prescription painkiller abuse every day. Doctor Harris Stratiner, the clinical regional Vice President of Caron Treatment Centers in New York City says: “People are not just overdosing on one thing. Many people don’t realize you are not supposed to drink alcohol when you take opioids.” Many times, just speaking up at your primary care visit can provoke more discussion and lead to better treatment. But your doctor should be asking the right questions too. Doctor John F. Peppin, the Director of Clinical Research Division at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass, says any primary care physician should be asking their patients specific questions about changes happening to them after taking stronger medication like opioids. You can help your doctor do a better job in managing your pain by simply keeping them updated on changes to your moods and sleeping patterns. Now it’s your turn. We want to know your thoughts. Please comment and join in the discussion.

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