In Markets Insider’s recent article provided by PR Newswire called “Cancer Treatment Centers of America Teams with Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on Innovative Collaboration to Educate Physicians and Patients about Responsible Opiod Use”, which discusses the Opioid Risk Reduction Initiative.The Opioid Risk Reduction Initiative is the brainchild of Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. The purpose of the initiative is to spread awareness of opioid alternatives through education, likewise improving cancer patients’ experience by providing different pain management options. Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Chief of the Division of Anesthesia, Neil Seeley, reveals that narcotics have been the base of treating the cancer patient’s pain. However, with the help of Pacira, they began to recognize the risks of narcotics while also recognizing alternatives for pain control.
The education begins with helping physicians understand the alternative. In a national survey, more than 91% of the doctors felt pressure to prescribe narcotics and opioids for their patients, and often more than the patients need.The Opioid Risk Initiative seeks to accomplish three major goals. First, they hope to educate patients experiencing the harsh effects of cancer and treatment about the alternative pain relief options. The patients need to understand the alternatives to opioids and how to use opioids responsibly. After all, in a survey titled “Opioid Addiction and Dependence After Surgery is Significantly Higher than Previously Known”, it was revealed that many clinicians provide opioids to help their patients manage pain after surgery.
Second, the initiative is supposed to educate the medical community on opioid alternatives. Lastly, they seek to provide clinical standardization on evidence based non-opioid pain management procedures.Cancer Treatment Centers of America is a network of five hospitals across the United States. They have locations in Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Georgia. They have earned recognition by a variety of leading health care organizations and have earned numerous awards like the Top Performer on Key Quality Measures and Magnet Award.Cancer Treatment Centers of America use the latest treatment approaches and technology to provide patients with the latest therapy and medications available.