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According to the International Association for the Study of Pain, chronic pain generally refers to pain that “persists beyond normal tissue healing time, which is assumed to be three months.” 1 The statistics on the prevalence of chronic pain and the pervasive inappropriate use of pain medication make an overwhelming case for pain medication monitoring as a part of effective patient and medication management.
The statistics underscore the importance of making urine drug monitoring integral to chronic pain medication management in an effort to improve patient adherence and enhance patient care.
Contact Ameritox to learn more about how you can incorporate pain medication monitoring as part of the pain medication management services for your patients.
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