S2 EPISODE 14 - The Opioid Epidemic, Meditation & Managing Chronic Pain w/ Dr. Abhimanyu Sud MD

In Season 2 Episode 14, Dr. Bubbs sits down with expert Dr. Abhimanyu Sud MD to talk about managing chronic pain and today’s opioid crisis. In this episode, Dr. Sud will share staggering statistics on the scope and intensity of today’s opioid epidemic, what’s driving the opioid crisis, the research evidence supporting the use of opioids for treating long-term pain, as well as the impact of opioids in sports – in particular contact sports like hockey and the NFL – and how meditation can alter areas of the brain that impact pain intensity and pain suffering. Dr. Sud also provides tips on meditation and shares insights into his routine. Make sure you listen to this fantastic episode!

Lay-Ups In This Episode

1)  More people dying in current opioid epidemic than at the height of the opioid crisis.

2)  The evidence-based research on the use of opioids for chronic pain management is very poor (despite their widespread use).

3)  Meditation can alter regions of the brain that control pain intensity and pain bothersomeness.

Links To Research & Articles

https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2016/10/31/rethinking-our-understanding-of-chronic-pain-and-use-of-opioids-doctors-notes.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5056880/

The “Big Rocks” – Dr. Sud’s Tip

Commit to the meditation practice, do it everyday. 

About Dr. Abhimanyu Sud MD

Dr. Abhimanyu Sud MD is a family doctor and lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. He directs the Safe Opioid Prescribing Program through Continuing Professional Development at the Faculty of Medicine, which teaches doctors how to prescribe opioids for chronic pain in a safer and more evidence-informed manner. Follow Dr. Sud on Twitter.