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Battling the Opioid Epidemic

KC Pain Center Uses a Proactive Approach to Battle the Unprecedented Opioid Epidemic

Battling the Opioid EpidemicIt seems as though you can’t turn on your television or pick up a newspaper without having your attention drawn to what is being referred to as an unprecedented opioid epidemic, which our nation is in the midst of.

To put it into better perspective, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and the majority of drug overdose deaths involved prescription pain medication. Additionally, in 2014, more than 240 million prescriptions were written for prescription opioids, which is more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills. Raising further alarm, 4 out of 5 new heroin users started out by misusing prescription opioids. Statistics such as these are truly frightening, for all parties involved: patients, family members of patients and healthcare providers. The focus now is what to do to combat this epidemic?

Prevention, treatment, research, and effective responses to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses are critical to fighting the epidemic. Last year, the CDC published a set of guidelines as a way to battle the prevalent rise in opioid misuse and to assist healthcare providers in guiding their prescribing practices when it comes to opioids.

Patient Safety is Key
At KC Pain Center, we are employing a proactive approach to battle the opioid epidemic, with patient safety at the cornerstone of our medication management program. Our focus is on patient education, responsible prescribing of opioids when indicated as well as use of multimodal pain management strategies in an effort to avoid perpetual escalation of opioid dosages.
KC Pain Center prides itself on implementing the suggestions outlined in the CDC guidelines and following the standards of care in pain management with routine urine drug screen testing in our on-site laboratory, thorough psychological evaluation for opioid risk assessment annually and our comprehensive medication management program.

Our Expert Team
Our team consists of eleven, board certified pain management physicians who employ the latest interventional techniques, including clinical trials, for pain reduction. In addition, there are three, board certified nurse practitioners, who along with the physicians manage patients’ medications and take the time to educate our patients, so that they can make informed decisions and be their own best advocates. Our team also includes two clinical psychologists who focus on chronic pain reduction through counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy, thereby empowering patients to take an active role in their care.

As the Midwest’s largest, most comprehensive, full-time pain management group, KC Pain offers nine State-of-the-Art Treatment Centers throughout Greater Kansas City, including in Overland Park, Kansas City, MO, Lee’s Summit, Independence, Belton and the Northland.

Call us at 816-763-1559 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

9 Office Locations throughout
Overland Park, Kansas City, MO,
Lee’s Summit,
Independence, Belton, and the Northland

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