Healthcare providers go to conferences for continuing education and one of the biggest topics now is the prescription opioid epidemic.
Yet these conferences, usually labeled as ‘pain conferences,’ RARELY (if ever) focus on pain.
Instead, they talk around pain (addiction, medical treatments for addiction, how to write opioids and put patients on ‘medication agreements.’)
But they don’t talk about pain.
Which is odd given that the current level of understanding of pain in our healthcare system is about 30-40+ years behind the science…
Also, if you went to a ‘pain conference’ and everyone used ‘pain’ and ‘addiction’ in the same sentence… what do you think you’re going to come out thinking when you leave that conference?