P. Tennent Slack, M.D., who practices interventional pain medicine with the Northeast Georgia Physicians Group in Gainesville and who is the clinical co-chair of the MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ campaign explains that, “Although there is an abundance of alarming statistical data related to the prescription opioid overdose problem, the drivers of the problem are complex and necessitate thoughtful and balanced solutions. Medical professionals must continue to formulate interventions which help reduce the over-prescribing of opioids while at the same time recognizing the importance of opioids as therapeutic drugs which relieve suffering and help maintain quality of life and function for millions of Americans. Furthermore, we need to continue to develop and support avenues to opioid addiction treatment and naloxone-based overdose rescue treatments.” The six-point platform is endorsed by the Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (GSIPP) and Georgia Society of Addiction Medicine (GSAM).
1. How definable is the source of pain?
2. SCREEN for risk of addiction
3. Consider ALL treatment options
4. If opioids are prescribed:
Use the LOWEST effective dose
Use the LOWEST number of pills
Educate the patient on Georgia's 9-1-1 Medical Amnesty Law
5. EDUCATE the patient
6. MONITOR the patient for misuse/diversion
Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
Controlled substances agreement
Drug screening/pill counts
* Endorsed by the Georgia Society of Interventional Pain Physicians and the Georgia Society of Addictive Medicine.