Symptoms And Treatment Of Pain Essay

1518 Words Nov 25th, 2015 7 Pages
Pain is subjective apart from being a major health problem. As a matter of fact chronic pain is treated as a priority and adequate pain relief is provided to the patients. However, patients with chronic pain do not adhere to their medication regimen resulting in emergency treatment, escalating medical costs. According to Payne et al. (2010), “It is estimated that more than 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, e.g. nonmalignant, benign, or non- cancer related pain, caused by disease, treatment side effects, or injury” (p.5). However, in patients suffering from diabetes, heart conditions, and cancer the number of pain patients are more. The World Health Organization has stated that pain is the number one health problem in America (Payne et al., 2010, p.1). In the recent years the use of opioids have increased to meet the demands of these patients. Hence, there exist a significant number of barriers to counter this issue resulting in countless people struggling to get their pain medications, including pain assessment and pain treatment. The growing amount of opioid use, its misuse and abuse is becoming a constant concern amongst physicians, policy makers and the general public. This problem mainly is seen existing amongst teenagers and young adults. According to Payne et al. (2010), “In 2002 SAMSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, estimated that 11 million Americans over the age of 12 years (4.70 % of that population) took prescription pain…

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