Appropriate Opioid Prescribing for Acute Pain


Dr. Bernie Lo

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Spring 2-19-2020


Amid the continuing the opioid epidemic in the United States, a new report on opioid prescribing from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine claims guidance for treating acute pain is lacking, which could play a factor in the crisis. On Feb. 19, Dr. Bernard Lo, president of the Greenwall Foundation and chair of the committee behind Framing Opioid Prescribing Guidelines for Acute Pain: Developing the Evidence, spoke to a classroom of students, faculty and community members at Georgia State Law. The lecture was hosted by the Center for Law, Health & Society. Lo says, “There are not consistent prescribing practices for acute pain. Acute pain - defined as pain that starts suddenly and lasts for up to 90 days - can follow an injury, surgery or childbirth”. Watch the video to get more insight on Dr. Lo’s perspective on this topic.