Advisors from the PFAnetwork have grown increasingly concerned by the response to the opioid crisis which in some cases has appeared punitive to those living with chronic illness. PFAnetwork members have recognized a pendulum swing, which has also been recognized by leaders in the opioid response. The Opioid Response Workgroup was launched in April 2019 to formulate a thoughtful response to be sure vulnerable patients and their family caregivers are informing the response to the opioid crisis. They developed the four pillar Guide to Partnering to Manage Pain. The Opioid Response Workgroup plans to continue their work in 2020.
Dr. Harvey Hellerstein