It is Time to Move Past Maslow's Hammer in Pain Management
Abraham Maslow first published the famous proverb “if all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail,” in 1966 in The Psychology of…
It is the grave responsibility of any medical provider who prescribes controlled substances to help stop the swinging of the opioid pendulum. It is true that in 20 years we have quadrupled the number of opioid prescriptions that are written. This has caused great harm and 145 more people will die again TODAY because of drug overdose.
Notwithstanding, we are now in what Steve Passik, PhD calls, “the grimmest period of opioiphobia of all time.” Thousands of patients every day who are well controlled and stable are ripped off of pain medications and given no reasonable alternatives for treatment causing great harm and sometimes even loss of life. Watch Steve’s video on finding a balance.
Better leadership and education, not state rules and regulations, are the vital elements to guiding the pendulum to rest somewhere in the middle.