A lecture given to nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others on pain management. The aim of the talk is to review:
1- the principles of effective pain management;
2- the knowledge and/or resources to assist in indentifying patients at high risk for substance abuse, and
3- the importance of counseling patients about the side effects, addictive nature and proper storage and disposal of prescription medications.
*Disclaimer: Case presentation is made up of a combination of cases, and does not reflect the case of any one particular patient.