Epidural Interventions in the Management of Chronic Spinal Pain

Epidural Interventions in the Management of Chronic Spinal Pain: American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) Comprehensive Evidence-Based Guidelines Background: Chronic spinal pain is the most prevalent chronic disease with employment of multiple modes of interventional techniques including epidural interventions. Multiple randomized controlled trials (RCTs), observational studies, systematic reviews, and guidelines have been published. The recent …

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

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.

Too Early to Link COVID-19 to Spike in Opioid-Related Deaths, Health Officials Say

It is unlikely that the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for the increase in opioid-related deaths that occurred in Maryland during the first quarter of this year, according to a former secretary of the state’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From Jan. 1 to March 31, 561 people in Maryland died of opioid-related deaths, according to data …