More patients suffer from chronic pain than patients with diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined. But when treating these patients, doctors face difficult challenges. On the one hand, chronic pain patients are often in dire need of their medications. On the other, prescribing chronic pain drugs can lead to abuse, death, and legal troubles.
In this podcast, Kevin Kunz, a physician who practices community-based addiction medicine and pain management in Kona, Hawaii and assistant clinical professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, provides some clarity. Kunz is also president of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, the country’s first medical specialty board that certifies addiction medicine physicians across a range of medical specialties.