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Meeting Highlights from PAINWeek 2014

Meeting Information

September 2-6, 2014
Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas, NV

PAINWeek 2014 was held September 2-6 in Las Vegas. The main theme of the meeting was collaboration between pain practitioners. To follow are some of the highlights from the meeting.

From this Meeting:

In the last decade, the 10 states that prescribed the most opioid prescriptions were located in the South, led by Florida. But legislative changes appear to have reversed the trend.
Passionate love lights up reward systems in the brain, reducing pain sensitivity by 44%—a result that matches that of many pain relievers.
Myofascial pain syndromes (MPS) are the most common diagnosis seen in pain clinics, accounting for approximately 85% of cases. Treatment includes medical management, physical therapy, and psychotherapy.
Twenty-five states have enacted Naloxone Laws, allowing first responders—firefighters and police officers—as well as family members and friends to administer naloxone in cases of suspected opioid overdoses.
The goal of palliative therapy is to provide comfort to patients at the end of life. Therefore, patients should not have to experience “pharmacomistakes” that may cause adverse events. Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, takes on 5 common conditions and caveats in palliative care.
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