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What a pain

How can we get pain management right for the patient?

Recently a summit in the West Midlands, held by the Police and Crime Commissioner, proposed that heroin be given on the NHS, free to drug users in safe, nurse- and doctor-supported 'fix' rooms.

At the same time, strong opiates are being taken away from pain patients who are being told to cope with their pain, accept it and live with it, despite the chaos it makes in their lives as it’s 'only pain'.

Those who have chronic pain are vulnerable, with their pain causing problems leading to increased chronic illness and shorter lifespans. Only they themselves can truly understand the impact of pain on their lives.

Chronic pain when left untreated (or undertreated) destroys the mind, body and soul.

We community nurses see the affects of chronic pain daily: people who cannot self-care or even leave their homes because movement is


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