David Copenhaver: Seeing Pain Medicine Outside of Opioids

As the field of pain medicine advances there is a considerable focus on helping patients get better as well as undoing the damage done by the opioid abuse epidemic. Both problems will likely require a long term approach to be successful.

As the field of pain medicine advances there is a considerable focus on helping patients get better as well as undoing the damage done by the opioid abuse epidemic. Both problems will likely require a long term approach to be successful.

In the past David Copenhaver, MD, from UC Davis Health System said doctors may have gone to opioids as a first line treatment. Now, he said there is a mulitdisciplinary approach which has provided a better approach overall while also keeping an eye on helping address this issue going forward.