The abuse of pain medication by people in Providence County and throughout the rest of the U.S. has been well-documented. Oftentimes, cases of abuse begin by one having a legitimate need for such medication, yet ultimately becoming addicted to it. Given the potential for addiction, doctors must be judicious in prescribing pain medication. Yet can that apprehensive attitude result in patients being under medicated?
Information shared by the National Institute of Health shows that as many as 76.2 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. Many find that to be a side effect of other conditions or even treatments, such as cancer care. In fact, the NIH lists pain as being a potential barrier to cancer treatment given that many patients may be unwilling to endure the suffering their care causes.