02/20/18 Eight Ways Doctors Can Address The Opioid Epidemic
Managed Healthcare Executive Discusses How Doctors Can Address The Opioid Epidemic
Managed Healthcare Executive published a story in January that gave medical doctors advice on how they can better address the opioid epidemic.
The publication turned to the Chief Scientific Officer of Bridge Therapeutics, Greg Sullivan M.D., and other medical experts for their feature, Eight ways doctors can address the opioid epidemic.
Dr. Sullivan, told the publication why it’s important for providers to have an exit strategy. “These patients find it difficult to wean from those medications after an illness or surgical episode has resolved, and they are unable to get off the medications because of withdrawal or other dependence issues,” Dr. Sullivan said. “Providers should have a definite exit strategy that involves weaning patients off of pain medications to less addicting agents early on, to help with the process of returning the patient to a normal livelihood without the need for chronic opiates.”
Dr. Sullivan also discussed why it’s best to pick a single physician when it comes to pain medication.