WHAT’S THE ISSUE?
Despite its reputation for causing overdoses and suicides - opioid medication is incredibly valuable when prescribed correctly. However there is currently a lack of understanding about different types of pain and how to treat it.
So why do some people respond well to opioids and others don’t? Here Stephen Cole speaks to Dr Jane Quinlan, Pain Management Consultant about the complicated business of managing chronic pain and the right time, if ever, to prescribe opioids.
MEET THE EXPERT
Dr Jane Quinlan is a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. She is also an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Oxford.
Quinlan was a core member of the Opioid Painkiller Dependence Alliance; a collaboration of pain and addiction specialists and patient groups committed to raising awareness of dependence on prescribed opioids.
Quinlan leads a clinic which supports patients in stopping dependency on opioids.
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