Understanding Chronic Pain, Opioids, and Addiction

Ajay D. Wasan, MD, MSc

Many individuals with pain require the use of opioid medications as part of their treatment plan.

However, in recent years, due to the increase in the use of prescription pain medicines, a substantial number of individualsdeveloped an addiction to prescription opioids. This keynote address will discuss this current challenge and thinking on how to manage pain and minimize the risk of opioid misuse or addiction. It will also focus on helping patients who become addicted to these medications.