News About Analgesia

How much is living a pain-free life worth? Economists say up to $145 per day.

August 10, 2017 | Vox

New research by economists in the United States and Iceland has put a price tag on what it’s worth to Americans to live without chronic pain. The researchers, using a massive government survey of Americans over age 50, estimated in a new working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that living with chronic pain makes people so unhappy that they’d need to earn between $20,000 and $50,000 per year more to be as happy as they would be otherwise with no pain.

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Survey: Total Knee Patients Want Opioid Alternatives

August 8, 2017 | Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Potential total knee patients are likely to be very worried about opioids, and less likely to postpone surgery if they can be convinced their pain will be managed with strategies that de-emphasize or eliminate them. Those are among the key takeaways from a recent survey supported by SPR Therapeutics, which markets implants designed to provide opioid-free peripheral nerve stimulation, and published in Reconstructive Review, the journal of the Joint Implant Surgery & Research Foundation.

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As Many as 92% of Surgical Patients Are Overprescribed Opioids

August 2, 2017 | Outpatient Surgery Magazine

More than two-thirds of patients reported unused prescription opioids following surgery, and safe storage and disposal rarely occurred, according to a study published by JAMA Surgery that strongly suggests that overprescribing after surgery is fueling the nation's opioid addiction and abuse crises.

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Police: Man Shot Pain Management Doctor Because He Refused to Give Wife Opioids

August 1, 2017 | Outpatient Surgery Magazine

An Indiana man shot and killed a pain management physician last week, apparently as retaliation for refusing to prescribe opioids for his wife's chronic pain, police say. Todd Graham, MD, 56, was a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at South Bend Orthopaedics and a consulting physician at the University of Notre Dame. "He did what we ask our doctors to do," said St. Joseph County (Ind.) prosecutor Ken Cotter at a news conference. "Don't overprescribe opioids."

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