"We have 2 big epidemics and we have 2 problems; we need to solve those problems...with complex public health solutions, better drugs, and better practice—not simply constant downward pressure on prescribing," said Dr Passik.
"Interdisciplinary approaches should not be viewed as a treatment pathway on which to embark after other interventions have failed; rather, it should be the framework employed from the start of care," said Dr Prasad.
"This is all falling on the shoulders of people in the frontline, people in primary care. These consensuses have to come from the organizations that have the [ears of] clinicians and primary care physicians," said Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, in his presentation at PainWeek 2016.
Today, chronic pain specialists face the dilemma of how to treat a patient's pain appropriately without feeding the opioid overuse epidemic.
Providers may overlook or be unaware of the different tools available to them to assist them in pain management decisions.