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Jodi Wimmer (not verified)

Sat, 06/01/2019 - 04:02 am

According to the CDC, Drug overdoses have dramatically increased over the last two decades, with deaths increasing more than four times between 1999 and 2017. In 2017, more than 70,000 people died from drug overdoses, making it a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. (retrieved from CDC, 2019).  I agree that Primary Care Physicians need more support and training and how to prescribe safely.  These two models of care, Six building Blocks and Relief are great tools to help make sure the patients who are seen with chronic pain do not fall through the cracks and are carefully monitored.  It also gives the provider evidence based material to address concerns with the difficult patient, or pushback from the patient regarding care.  I believe these models will provide better patient outcomes.