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Understanding and Coping with Chronic Pain: Drugs and Beyond

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22 May Doors 18:30
Event 19:30 to 21:00
Baker Street Kitchen, Victoria House, Albert Road,
Middlesbrough TS1 2PX
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Chronic pain is a serious and growing worldwide problem, and the burden it places on our society is increasing. This session, which includes all members of the Northern Pain Alliance and is sponsored by the British Pharmacological Society, will encompass a discussion of what is chronic pain, how do we measure it and how can we cope with it at home, in the community and at work.

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Dr Frances Cole (Retired GP, former CBT therapist and pain rehabilitation specialist)
Dr Paul Chazot (Associate Professor in Pharmacology, University of Durham)
Ilona Obara (Senior Lecturer in Pharmacology, Newcastle University)
Joanna Quinlan (InHealth Pain Management Solutions)
There is heavy reliance on the use of opioids to manage the symptoms associated with chronic pain but there are limited studies to support their long-term effectiveness. Prolonged use of opioids can also have serious sometimes life-threatening adverse consequences, such as constipation and respiratory failure.

Despite these well-acknowledged negative effects, the prescribing of opioid analgesics continues to increase at a significant and worrying rate. Given this increased use, the inappropriate prescribing (and misuse) of opioids is becoming a significant public health concern, particularly in the NE of England.

We'll have some short talks then an open Q&A to discuss other ways that NHS Pain teams can educate you to cope with pain.
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