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Opioid Emergencies: How Medication for Chronic Pain Can Backfire

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: Can an opioid emergency still occur even if opioids are taken as directed?
Air Date: 9/2/15
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Anita Gupta, DO, PharmD
Anita GuptaDr. Anita Gupta is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, Pain Specialist and Pharmacist who is active in research and advocacy for matters related to treating pain.

She is currently the Vice Chair, Associate Professor and Director at Drexel College of Medicine in the Division of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology, and sits on the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Committee on Pain Management.

Dr. Gupta has appeared on numerous outlets like CNN and FOX National outlets and local media, as well as the New York Times and credited national medical web sites for pain management.
Opioid Emergencies: How Medication for Chronic Pain Can Backfire
Many people live with chronic pain each day. While prescription opioid pain medications are an important part of treatment, life threatening side-effects can sometimes occur, even for those who take their opioids as directed.

Opioid emergencies, such as accidental overdose, are a growing public health epidemic in the United States.

But, conversations between healthcare providers, patients, and their loved ones about the safe use of prescription opioid pain medications can be difficult to start.

In fact, opioid emergencies such as accidental overdose have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Of the more than 80 percent of the deaths that occur from opioid overdose, on average, 44 per day are unintentional.

Can an opioid emergency still occur even if opioids are taken as directed?

Dr. Anita Gupta shares why opioids can be dangerous medications and how you can carefully monitor opioid medications.
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