A Solution to the Opioid Crisis? March 06, 2017 By Nicholas Hamm A new study finds that patients many patients prefer cannabis to prescribed opioids. Apps distract patients from procedure pain March 03, 2017 By John Jesitus Taking the sting and stress out of dermatologic procedures requires low-tech distraction techniques and, often in the case of children, amusing apps. How best to reduce injection pain—lidocaine cream A comparison of 4 levels of pain management of routine vaccine injections found that of the remedies tried, only liposomal lidocaine applied at the injection site provided consistent relief. PDMPS: An effective but underutilized resource for prescribers October 11, 2016 By Tracey Walker MCOs are going to have to step up their efforts to impact the growing opioid epidemic in this country. Pain management of office-based hysteroscopy Different interventions are appropriate for different patients. HHS tackles opioid epidemic July 09, 2016 By Tracey Walker HHS is taking formal steps to address opioid addiction, a widely recognized national public health crisis. Find out the policy changes. Shorter hospital stays and reduced costs possible with IV acetaminophen May 10, 2016 By Christine Blank A new study has found that use of acetaminophen injection and reduced use of opioids to treat acute surgical pain can save a medium-sized hospital an estimated $4.7 million annually. AAP offers guidance on neonatal pain management New guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics addresses current methods for assessing and treating neonatal pain, but also calls for additional research and the development of more evidence-based interventions. Balancing opioid benefits, dangers February 01, 2016 By Tracey Walker Opioids are powerful clinical tools that effectively treat pain and have a place in therapy, but it can be difficult to manage the dangers. Here's a look at some of the abuse-deterrent drugs on the horizon. Pain management: Patient needs must come first Although pain relief is a national political issue, healthcare providers still have a moral obligation to ensure that patients have access to all available resources to alleviate their pain.