Our Philosophy on Prescribing Pain Medication

Pain can be a very difficult problem to treat. Each and every one of us has different perceptions of pain and different thresholds to painful stimuli. Other conditions, such as depression and anxiety, can affect how we perceive pain and can make pain much worse.

In the United States, prescription drug abuse and misuse (opioid or “narcotic” medications) caused over 18,800 deaths in 2014, and 78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (see Opioid Addiction Facts & Figures below). We do not recommend using these powerful medications to treat pain, as there are many other classes of medications and therapies that should be used first instead. We will not prescribe these medications to treat your back pain as a first line of treatment. A short course of opioid pain medications may be needed after surgical procedures, and these will be prescribed. However, these medications should be stopped as soon as possible following surgery.

In 2011, Governor John Kasich established the Governor’s Cabinet Opiate Action Team to help fight this epidemic. This task force has asked all physicians and providers to help put an end to this needless problem. We need to start talking!  Please read through these resources.

Opioid Addiction Facts & Figures 2016 – The American Society of Addiction Medicine

Understanding the Epidemic – CDC

Ohio’s initiatives to fight opiate and prescription abuse – Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

Start Talking – Resources for Parents – Ohio.gov

Out the Monster – Accidental Opioid Addiction

 

Where to get help in
Northeast Ohio

 

If you are in need of treatment or counseling here is a list of resources in the area. We
highly recommend you reach out for help rather than trying to overcome a possible addiction on your own.

Cuyahoga County

Catholic Charities

New Directions

The ORCA House

Salvation Army Harbor Light Complex

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center’s Rosary Hall

Geauga County

Catholic Charities

Lake County

Lake-Geauga Recovery Center

Crossroads

Lorain County

Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services

The Nord Center

Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services

Medina County

Cathy’s House

Solutions Behavioral Healthcare

Summit County

The Alcohol, Drug Addiction & Mental Health Crisis Center

The IBH Addiction Recovery Center

An overview of these agencies can be found on Cleveland.com here