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i_opioidsubstance_2017a_2017-08-01t09:36:49z3 Hearing Summary

Date: 08/01/2017

Location: RM 271


Chronic Pain & Pain Management


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12:13 PM -- Chronic Pain & Pain Management

Dr. Joshua Blum, representing the Colorado Pain Society, presented a handout (Attachment E) on chronic pain and the biopsychosocial model of pain. He explained the "fear avoidance model" in which a person experiences an injury, and it either leads to a pain experience resulting in no fear, confrontation and recovery, or it leads to the pain catastrophizing, pain-related fear, avoidance, and often disuse, depression, and disability. He spoke about negative psychosocial variables and protective factors that play a role in the development of substance use disorders related to pain, as well as about the challenges of addressing chronic pain treatment in the clinical setting. Dr. Blum responded to committee questions.


12:37 PM

Dr. Alan Bielsky, representing the Colorado Society of Anesthesiology, presented a handout (Attachment F) and spoke about the role of anesthesiologists in treating chronic pain and opioid alternatives. He described multimodal analgesic therapy that includes opioids, adjunctive pain medicines, and non-medical therapy such as physical therapy and massage.


12:50 PM

The committee recessed.

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