"In recent years, the number of deaths due to drug poisonings has been greater than those due to auto accidents," Dr. Leider said. "In short, it is now more dangerous to have medications unattended in your medicine cabinet than it is to get into a car."
Dr. Leider shared this insight and others during a recent briefing on Capitol Hill regarding the need to provide chronic pain patients with effective treatments. The briefing was sponsored by the Coalition for Excellence in Medication Monitoring, of which Ameritox is a founding member. During his address to legislators and staffers from more than 33 House and Senate offices, Dr. Leider emphasized the value of using tools like pain medication monitoring which provide physicians with vital information necessary to make treatment decisions that can help keep patients safe.
Ameritox also supports recent expert Consensus Recommendations on the use and frequency of urine drug monitoring (UDM) for physicians treating chronic pain patients. Published in July in the journal Pain Medicine, "Recommendations for Urine Drug Monitoring as a Component of Opioid Therapy in the Treatment of Chronic Pain" state that patients treated with opioids for more than three months should be tested routinely. This is based on the fundamental principle that patients on chronic opioid treatments may have a significant degree of risk for misuse; and monitoring is necessary to help maintain patient safety and guide ongoing treatment decisions.
"At Ameritox, we're proud to advance the science of medication monitoring and UDM – and we also know that practical considerations and physician decisions are what drive progress in helping to protect patients," said Scott Walton , chief executive officer of Ameritox. "We provide more than just laboratory services and technology – we are co
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