The Truth About OpioidPain Management:Patient Evaluation, Addiction, PhysicalDependence, and Federal Regulations
Howard A. Heit, MD, FACP, FASAM
Board Certified in Internal Medicineand Gastroenterology/Hepatology Certified in Addiction Medicineand as a Medical Review Officer Chronic Pain Specialist Assistant Clinical Professor Georgetown University
An unpleasant sensory and emotionalexperience that is associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described interms of such injury
— IASP, 1994
Pain is the most common complaint for whichindividuals seek medical attention!