Physicians who treat patients with pain often find themselves in a difficult
balancing act as they strive to offer appropriate relief while safeguarding
against inappropriate use of pain medications.
Collaborative efforts between the law enforcement and health care communities
are necessary to promote appropriate access to pain medication and prevent
abuse, addiction, and diversion. Realizing this, the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA), Last Acts Partnership (a coalition of organizations for improved care
for individuals who are dying and their families), and the Pain and Policy
Studies Group at the University of Wisconsin, in Madison, have recently joined
forces to produce a consensus document to address the clinical and regulatory
issues surrounding the prescription of controlled drugs. A committee of 12
pain and legal experts from institutions including the American Pain Foundation,
the American Pharmacuetical Association, and various medical schools, reviewed
the document prior to its release.
Hampton T. Physicians Advised on How to Offer Pain Relief While Preventing Opioid Abuse. JAMA. 2004;292(10):1164-1166. doi:10.1001/jama.292.10.1164