DEA, Integrative Pain Care to Headline Pain Conference

DEA, Integrative Pain Care to Headline Pain Conference

Addressing the “whole person” with pain is the focus of a major meeting of chronic pain professionals in Orlando, Florida that opens Friday September 25.

While there are a large number of interesting sessions scheduled, two pop out.

On Sunday morning, Richard Tucker will talk about pain regulations in the 21st century entitled: “What the DEA Wants You to Know”. The DEA’s decision to reschedule hydrocodone last October has probably been the single most disruptive event in the treatment of chronic pain in the last year. Tucker is a drug education and law enforcement consultant who once worked for the DEA.

Richard L. Stieg, MD, MHS

Richard L. Stieg, MD, MHS

The conference opener on Friday afternoon features Dr. Richard L. Stieg of Colorado who will discuss chronic opioid therapy in the 21st century. Dr. Stieg, who is a former past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, will soon retire and has put the patients in his practice on a mandatory opioid tapering program which was featured earlier this month on the National Pain Report. He is retiring from full-time medicine and believes that his patients who are using opioids will have a hard time finding doctors who will continue to prescribe them.

Geralyn Datz, PhD

Geralyn Datz, PhD

Geralyn Datz Ph.D. is president of the Southern Pain Society this year which is presenting the conference, one of the oldest multidisciplinary gatherings of pain specialists in the South. She practices in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and emphasized to the National Pain Report that pain practitioners will hear plenty about interdisciplinary treatment of pain.

“The roles of neuroscience and medicine will be highlighted as ways to treat the complex challenge of chronic pain,” she said. “Use of a live patient will showcase how various disciplines approach complex pain problems and develop a team approach to recovery.”

Dr. Datz emphasized that treat chronic pain is not a “one size fits all” concept.

“There is not one solution for chronic pain,” she said. “The most effective treatments are multidisciplinary tailored for the individual patient.”

For a look at the agenda and to learn more about the Southern Pain Society, click here.

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Authored by: Ed Coghlan