Health & Well-Being

Combating the Opioid Crisis with Effective Pain Management

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In 2019, the opioid epidemic took the lives of nearly 50,000 people in the United States. With more than 25 million Americans having significant pain on a daily basis, opioids became a go-to solution due to lack of alternatives to manage pain.

In this seminar, Steven H. Richeimer, professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, speaks with actor and producer Richard Dean Anderson about the journey to effective pain management. The two also discuss the current status of the opioid epidemic, how the opioid crisis accelerated, and how to manage chronic pain, including pharmaceutical alternatives to opioids.

Who Will Benefit

– Those who want to understand how the opioid crisis accelerated in the U.S.
– Medical professionals looking to dive deeper into the challenges and concerns surrounding pain management and opioids
– Those searching for pain management alternatives without the use of opioids

About Our Featured Faculty

Steven H. Richeimer is a professor of clinical anesthesiology and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, where he is director of the USC master’s degree and certificate programs in pain medicine. In addition, Richeimer is chief of the Division of Pain Medicine at USC and director of the Norris Cancer Hospital Pain Management. He is triple board certified in the fields of anesthesiology, psychiatry and pain medicine.

From the University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine, Richeimer earned a medical degree. After finishing medical residencies at the University of California, Los Angeles in psychiatry and anesthesiology, Richeimer completed his pain management training at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital in Boston.