Investigators analyzed the data for trends in opioid prescriptions written within 30 days of patients’ death or enrollment in hospice care. The researchers found a particularly steep decline in use of long-acting opioids, which provide more predictable, steady pain relief and are important for managing severe cancer pain. Between 2007-2017, the number of long-acting opioid prescriptions filled per patient fell by 50%. At the same time that patients dying of cancer were filling fewer opioid prescriptions, the proportion of these patients who visited hospital emergency departments for pain rose 50.8%. “Opioids are the cornerstone of managing moderate to severe cancer pain,” she continues.
At Wellness Axis we want to encourage habits of wellness, Increase awareness of factors and resources contributing to well-being, Inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and to support a sense of community. Wellness can be thought of as the quality or state of being in good health.