Published by The Hill
Pain is a universal human experience and one of the most common reasons people see a doctor. It has repeatedly been in the news due to the current opioid epidemic that is taking the lives of more than 90 people a day in the United States.
On May 31 the head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis S. Collins, and the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Dr. Nora Volkow, published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, titled “The Role of Science in Addressing the Opioid Crisis.” Sadly, the only science addressed concerned pharmaceutical drugs.
That narrow focus is out of step with current recommendations from major public health organizations, including the CDC, FDA and the Joint Commission, that non-pharmacologic approaches to pain be first-line treatments.