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AMA to Hold Pain Management Webinar to Promote Appropriate Opioid Use, Combat Misuse

For immediate release:
Oct. 24, 2012

ChicagoThe American Medical Association (AMA) will host a free webinar to help physicians better manage patients suffering from chronic pain while minimizing the potential for prescription drug misuse.

"Prescription drug abuse is a serious epidemic that cannot be ignored, and any action we take to prevent it must ensure that patients who are suffering from chronic pain get the treatment they need," said AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, M.D. "This webinar is the first in a series the AMA will be offering in the coming months to help physicians learn more about appropriate pain management."

While overuse and misuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem, a great deal of human pain and suffering remains inadequately treated. According to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Many of these chronic pain sufferers need prescription opioids to function in their day-to-day lives.

During the webinar, Lynn R. Webster, M.D., President-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, will discuss eight tested principles for managing pain while reducing the risk of opioid misuse. Participants will learn how to identify patients who are appropriate for opioid therapy and how to monitor and evaluate the responses of their patients. The webinar will be held on November 1 at 1 p.m. EDT, and will also be archived online for on-demand viewing after November 1.

Register for the webinar.

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Media Contact:

Shannon (O'Brien) Breymaier
AMA Media Relations
(312) 464-4443
Shannon.Breymaier@ama-assn.org

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