Pain management and the opioid crisis

Pain management and the opioid crisis

You hear it all the time: we are in the midst of an opioid crisis. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, in 2015 an estimated 2-million people suffered from opioid pain-reliever related substance use disorder and more than 33,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose. How did so many Americans…

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August is Neurosurgery Awareness Month

August is Neurosurgery Awareness Month

Neurosurgery has been around for more than a thousand years. The first documented brain surgeon was Abulcasis, who lived from 936 to 1013AD, and wrote many works on neurosurgical diagnosis and treatment, including writings on head injuries and skull fractures, spinal injuries and subdural effusions. Fast forward 800 years, because it wasn’t until 1879 that…

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MBSP Statement Regarding the CDC Guidelines for Opioid Prescription

MBSP Statement Regarding the CDC Guidelines for Opioid Prescription

We applaud the CDC for taking steps to curb the abuse epidemic by publishing its recommendation for prescribing opioids medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care. There is growing consensus in the medical community that opioid medication should not be unimodal therapy (the one and only treatment) to treat pain. In fact, there is very…

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