Chronic Pain, Opioid Addiction, and Injured Workers
March 26, 2015•36 min
In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, Alan Pierce interviews Dr. Joel Martin about the association between chronic pain and opioid addiction, alternative treatments to long-term opioid prescription, and how his company, Summit Pharmacy, works to help injured workers and has guidelines to recognize potential overuse. Dr. Martin describes the need for a mental evaluation of a patient for depression or a history of addiction before prescribing highly addictive products. He discusses alternatives such as anti-seizure medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, exercise therapy, and acupuncture. In the end, Dr. Martin says, it is the chronic pain issue that the medical, legal, and criminal community need to address. Special thanks to our sponsor, Case Pacer.