The Opioid Crisis and the Need for Compassion in Pain Management

Am. J. Pub. Health 107(8)

2 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2017

See all articles by Mark A. Rothstein

Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: July 21, 2017

Abstract

One response to the opioid crisis has been for physicians to greatly curtail writing prescriptions for opioids, even for established patients with severe chronic illnesses. Although it is important to prevent opioid addiction, compassionate pain management remains an ethical obligation of physicians.

Keywords: Addiction, opioids, pain management, substance abuse

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., The Opioid Crisis and the Need for Compassion in Pain Management (July 21, 2017). Am. J. Pub. Health 107(8). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3006722

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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