Addressing Chronic Pain
Dr. Sarah Chouinard, the medical director of Primary Care Systems in West Virginia, is trying new ways to take care of patients with chronic pain. She cares for many patients dealing with pain on a daily basis. Right now, many of them are taking prescription medication to cope. However, the clinics have now implemented strict rules to differentiate between people who are either abusing or selling their painkillers.
“West Virginia is one of the worst places for prescription drug abuse, but it’s also one of the places that I think has a high rate of legitimate chronic pain,” Chouinard.
The clinic is located in Clay County, where almost one in four people live in poverty. Clay County’s unemployment rate is the highest in West Virginia. Most of Dr. Chouinard’s patients work in labor-intensive jobs like coal mining. So, many of her patients have injuries that result in long-lasting pain.
According to Brock Malcolm, the chief operating officer of Primary Care Systems, many physicians are increasingly afraid to treat patients dealing with chronic pain.
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