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The Problem of Chronic Pain and Addiction and Its Treatment

Carl R. Sullivan, M.D.

This presentation will focus on the interface of chronic pain and drug addiction as a frequently encountered clinical problem. Historical content will be supplied. A discussion will be presented regarding identifying the “high risk” patient.

Goals and Objectives

By the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. discuss the history of chronic pain and addiction as a problem;
  2. relate similarities between chronic pain and addiction;
  3. identify the high risk patient.

Presentation Outline

  1. History of Chronic Pain Treatment as is related to prescription opioid epidemic
  2. Chronic Pain as a Disease State
    1. Gate Theory
    2. Secondary Gain of Pain
  3. Addicting Drugs and Chronic Pain
  4. Identifying the High Risk Patient
  5. Treatment Options
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