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June 2020

By Dr. Brad Culling People often use chronic pain and chronic pain syndrome synonymously, and for good reason. In both cases, patients have been suffering from life-debilitating pain for at least three months to be technically diagnosed with chronic pain.  However, in some cases, chronic pain develops into something so severe that it begins to affect the emotional and mental well-being. When a patient’s pain causes them to develop depression, anxiety, or hopelessness, their condition has evolved into chronic pain syndrome. According to the CDC, at least 20% of Americans suffer from chronic pain, and from experience, we estimate around 50% of those

By Dr. Andre Chen The growing opioid epidemic lies between two major intersections: reducing the suffering of chronic pain patients and reducing the risk of opioid addiction. Our successful opioid stewardship program delegates the appropriate use of opioid addiction management to improve patient outcomes and reduce the complications of opioid therapy. Good Intentions Lead To The Prescription Opioid Epidemic Beginning in the mid-1990s, US health practitioners gradually increased the use of prescription opioids with a good intention to help manage a crisis of untreated chronic pain and provide better access to pain control, often for cancer or at the end of life. Before that,