two tangential universes: therapeutic and pathologic
In the therapeutic universe suffering is relieved, lives are enhanced, and hope is restored. Central to this universe are the pain care needs of 100 million suffering Americans.
In the pathologic universe suffering is unleashed, lives are enslaved, and hope is shattered. Ruler of this realm is drug abuse – now killing even more Americans than automobile accidents.
Common to both universes is the prescriber – and the tangent point is OPIOID.
OPIOID means Optimal Prescribing Is Our Inherent Duty – a seminar conceived by physicians, approved by the medical board, and produced by the Greater Louisville Medical Society in association with the University of Louisville – February 7, 8 & 9.
American Medical Association Board Chair (and Kentuckian) Steven J. Stack, MD says:
Physician education on responsible opioid prescribing is a critical element in addressing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
Todd Cook, MD, Chief Medical Officer of St. Elizabeth Physicians (Northern Kentucky) says:
This is one of the times when sending a responsible party proactively may provide a great return on the investment for all of us.
Participants in this two and a half day course will gain insight on how to: (a) best prescribe controlled substances for chronic pain, (b) minimize the risks of drug abuse, and (c) safeguard their communities. These goals are achieved through lectures, coaching sessions, and face-to-face interaction with individuals battling addiction.
Louisville is a point shared by two states (Kentucky & Indiana) that, like many other states, have recently enacted laws to address prescription drug abuse. When such well-meaning laws give legitimate prescribers the chills, a dose of OPIOID is the right prescription.
Finally, an OPIOID epidemic we can all get behind.
Please make it contagious. Pass along this info, refer someone, or even better – sign up yourself.
Or call: 502-736-6354
Boldly go where no prescriber has gone before.
Take back your universe.
James Patrick Murphy, MD, MMM is President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society.