In 1999, Washington state implemented regulations that largely freed doctors to prescribe opioid painkillers for common chronic conditions such as low back pain, headache and fibromyalgia.
Drug-caused deaths and heroin use among young adults increased in 2013, according to the annual King County Drug Trends report.
[Editors’ note: This is the second in a series of seven articles about bioethics. Q&A’s include UW experts discussing the beginning of life, end of life, clinical consultation, pain care, research and teaching.
A University of Washington online education program aimed at helping healthcare providers more safely manage patients' chronic pain has received a nearly $800,000 grant.