Melissa Jones a nurse educator is on a mission traveling throughout Pennsylvania to education physicians about the opioid epidemic. Melissa expresses how although opioid prescription is starting to edge down the rate of prescription is still higher than it was 20 years ago. Melissa aims to stop the epidemic where it started through educating providers on how to spot early on opioid dependent patients and how to manage patients with chronic pain without the use of opioids. Check it out! Read as various physicians describe contributing factors to the epidemic, such as needing more than 20 minutes to spend with patients, needing more options with treating pain aside from acetaminophen and anti-inflammatories.
By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org