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Opioid Safety: Monitoring Opioid Use

Opioid diversion, misuse, or abuse is a concern when prescribing opioids. How, then, do you best monitor your patients for compliance?

A panel of pain experts led by Joseph Shurman, MD (Chairman of Pain Management at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA) reviews clinical pearls on monitoring opioid use. They discuss what urine screens can reveal and the importance of getting a baseline urine screen before prescribing opioids for the first time to a patient.

The panel is:

  • Charles E. Argoff, MD: Professor of Neurology at Albany Medical College and Director or the Comprehensive Pain Center at Albany Medical Center
  • John F. Peppin, DO, FACP: Director, Clinical Research Division at The Pain Treatment Center of the Bluegrass
  • Steven P. Stanos, DO: Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Medical Director, Center for Pain Management at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Forest Tennant, MD, DPH: Intractable pain specialist at the Veract Clinic in West Covina, CA.

Especially in light of REMS requirements, this Practical Pain Highlights video on opioid safety is essential to watch.

Last updated on: August 1, 2012
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