Promoting Pain Relief and Preventing Abuse of Pain Medications: A Critical Balancing Act – A joint statement from 21 health organizations and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
In this PDF file from October 2016, I found surprisingly patient-centered statements endorsed by the DEA, like:
“For many patients, opioid analgesics… are the most effective way to treat their pain, and often the only treatment option that provides significant relief.”
…share a responsibility for ensuring that prescription pain medications are available to the patients who need them
However, I don’t see any indication the DEA is following its own “consensus statement”.
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