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How did we get here? The complex history of the opioid addiction problem

from By Joan Spitrey

From April 9: In an effort to bring attention to the undertreatment of pain in America, Dr. James Campbell, president of the American Pain Society, encouraged healthcare providers to treat pain as seriously as they do vital signs. From Campbell's speech in 1996, the concept of pain as the "fifth vital sign" was born. Although clearly not the original intention, this new idea of pain treatment has driven the current complex pain management state of overuse and abuse. But that was just the start. more


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