Expert Perspective: The Opioid Crisis and COVID-19

The ongoing 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted care provision for patients with pain disorders, as well as those with opioid use disorder. As a result, public health experts have voiced concern that the COVID-19 pandemic may worsen the opioid crisis in the United States, and the populations affected most seriously by both crises …

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Opioid-Related Deaths

  The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has forced states across the US to implement lockdown measures. As a result, authorities have reported increased cases of opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Although there is no precise estimate as to how many individuals have overdosed on opioids this year, there is an expectation that the figure will surpass …

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Opioid Deaths Nationwide: WTOP Radio 103.5 FM Interview

Dr. Christo visited WTOP Radio 103.5 FM in Washington D.C. to discuss the topic of opioid deaths nationwide. Are the deaths related to COVID? Are we improving our opioid death rate as a country? Listen below for the 2 part series! Part 1 Part 2

Is Telehealth Effective for Treating Chronic Pain?

Telehealth or telemedicine refers to the various ways healthcare professionals can provide their services to people through telecommunication and other technologies. With regards to pain treatment, perhaps the most impressive application of telehealth right now is the use of virtual reality (VR) to distract burn patients when they are having their wounds cleaned as well …

Life On Planet Earth: Podcast Featuring Dr. Paul Christo

DR. PAUL CHRISTO: Pain management expert on another pandemic admidst COVID 19, a suspected surge in opioid overdoses. Dr. Christo of Johns Hopkins University, hosts Aches and Gains on SIRIUS XM Radio. Life on Planet Earth Listen on Apple Podcasts  Opioid related deaths in the United States have been on the rise since the COVID 19 …

COVID-19 Increases Risk of Overdose

WATCH RECORDING ON NEWS WATCH 12 COVID-19 joined a crowded field of American public health crises. The unprecedented stress, changes, and uncertainty appear to be making those other problems worse. Especially when it comes to overdoses. The CDC released new data showing 2019 had an uptick in overdose fatalities. About half of those were due …

Opioids May be Appropriate for Chronic Pain

Opioid May be Appropriate for Chronic Pain (Christo – J Law Med Ethics – July 2020) Read the article published by Dr. Christo in the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics in favor of using opioids with chronic pain patients when necessary.