Laura Balsamini, PharmD, BCPS, Director of Pharmacy Services for Summit Medical Group, was recently featured in an article in Managed Healthcare Executive discussing innovative approaches to the surging opioid crisis.
In the article, Dr. Balsamini points out how aggressive approaches to pain management have led to unintended consequences. Summit Medical Group is now educating physicians on New Jersey state prescription and monitoring requirements. In addition, we have joined a national coalition initiated by the U.S. Surgeon General to help address the opioid crisis, Turn the Tide Rx.
A combination of physician and patient education are essential components in reducing the risks of opioid abuse in both short-term acute and long-term chronic pain management.