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Editorial, Analg Resusc Curr Res Vol: 4 Issue: 1

The Predicament of the Undertreatment of Chronic Pain and Prescription Opioid Epidemic

Xiulu Ruan1* and Srinivas Chiravuri2
1LSU Health Sciences Center, USA
2Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan Health System, USA
Corresponding author : Xiulu Ruan
LSU Health Sciences Center, USA, 2001 Springhill Ave., Mobile, AL 36607, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 26, 2015 Accepted: January 29, 2015 Published: February 04, 2015
Citation: Ruan X, Chiravuri S (2015) The Predicament of the Undertreatment of Chronic Pain and Prescription Opioid Epidemic. Analg Resusc: Curr Res 4:1. doi:10.4172/2324-903X.1000e105

Abstract

 The Predicament of the Undertreatment of Chronic Pain and Prescription Opioid Epidemic

Chronic pain is pervasive and costly. Based on a recent report published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), it is estimated that chronic pain affects 116 million American adults – more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.

Keywords: Chronic pain; Opioid epidemic

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