Travis N. Rieder, PhD
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Abstract: America’s most serious problem with prescription opioids is not the one that immediately comes to mind. It’s not just that they’re killing people. The problem is that opioids are both dangerous and highly effective at treating some kinds of severe pain. This means that the healthcare system needs to utilize opioid analgesia, but in the midst of a drug overdose epidemic, that same system is afraid of these medications. The result is that clinicians risk undertreating pain (out of fear of opioids) and overprescribing opioids (because they want to be able to treat pain). This bigger problem is “The Opioid Dilemma.” In this talk, bioethicist and author Travis Rieder will use his own experience as a trauma patient to underscore the nature of this problem, and then explore some of the gaps in pain treatment, as well as how clinicians—and institutions—can close those gaps.
Sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Addiction Medicine Interest Group
Friday, October 25 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 1
3550 Terrace Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261