A significant number of patients referred for chronic pain management are receiving opiate and other prescription medications to manage their chronic pain. The ROC medical staff make effort to minimize the use of long-term opiate and other habit forming medications. The ROC medical staff recognize in particular that the risks of chronic opiate, benzodiazepine and muscle relaxant use can outweigh the benefits.
The reduction / elimination of prescription opiate use can be met with many challenges. A significant number of patients referred for chronic pain management are receiving opiate medications to manage their chronic pain. The ROC medical staff make care effort to blance the legitimate needs of patients requiring medications for pain management with the known risks of long term opiate use. The ROC medical staff make effort to minimize the use of long-term opiate medications, recognizing that the risks of chronic prescription opiate use can outweigh the benefits.
Patients that have been on opiates for an extended period of time require assistance in eliminating the use of these medications. Studies have demonstrated that the most effective treatments are those that include a set of comprehensive medical, social, psychological and rehabilitative services that address all the needs of the individual (1). The Department of Health and Human Services has declared that the integration of substance abuse and mental health services into primary care care has become a high priority. The HSS further notes that investing in treatments that eliminate the use of these medications is cost effective. When savings related to health care are included, savings can exceed costs by a factor of 12 to 1.