Dr. Lynn Webster Talks Opioid Use on Reddit Ask Me Anything
PRESCRIPTION OPIOIDS MUST BE USED WITH CARE
Our country is currently facing a crisis. The CDC estimates that opioids were involved with more than 28,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2014. The CDC estimates that at least half involved a prescription opioid. The numbers are staggering. Opioids cannot simply be dismissed, however. Despite the inherent dangers, opioids are often necessary for pain patients to lead normal lives.
DR. LYNN WEBSTER LEADS DISCUSSION ON REDDIT
On September 28th, Dr. Lynn Webster, VP of Scientific Affairs at PRA Health Sciences, headed a discussion on Reddit. He discussed the study that’s currently being conducted at PRA Health Sciences and fielded questions about the controversy that surrounds prescription opioids. The discussion became quite heated at times (understandably), but Reddit users were able to receive legitimate, educated answers to their pressing medical questions from a doctor who is entrenched in pain medication research.
MEDICAL STUDY FOR ALTERNATES TO OPIOID PAIN MEDICATION
At PRA Health Sciences, we work tirelessly to find a solution to this problem. We are working every day to make pain medications safer through the development of abuse-deterrent formulations. One of the ways we test the effectiveness of these new formulations is with carefully monitored studies. PRA is currently conducting a study where the subject compares euphoric sensations caused by a commonly abused drug with those of a new drug formulation. The goal is to find a new drug or formulation that works to reduce pain without creating a feeling of euphoria, thus reducing the temptation to abuse the drug. The current study is open to non-addicted recreational users of prescription opioid pain medications. PRA is looking for a Full qualification details can be found here.