Chairman's Message, 2014
Welcome to our re-designed web site, the online presence of a re-vitalized International Association for Pain and Chemical Dependency (IAPCD).
IAPCD is an international organization dedicated to promoting appropriate and effective treatment for all patients with pain, including individuals with substance abuse, mental health or other co-occurring problems that may make treatment more challenging. Today more than ever, many clinicians worldwide are faced with numerous hurdles in treating their patients with acute and chronic pain, and organizations which promote communication and support among healthcare professionals, such as the IAPCD, are needed more than ever.
Due to exigent circumstances over for the past few years IAPCD has been active only on a limited basis through our online web site. After many months of discussion, I am happy to share that the folks at Weston Medical Publishing, LLC, of Weston, Massachusetts are taking the lead and will now assist in revitalizing IAPCD. Weston Medical Publishing LLC is the publisher of several highly respected peer-reviewed medical journals, primary of which is Journal of Opioid Management (JOM), the only peer-reviewed journal that deals with all aspects of opioids as a class of drugs. Guided by an Editorial Review Board of internationally recognized experts, the journal offers physicians and all healthcare providers a forum on how to safely and responsibly prescribe opioids for the treatment of all forms of pain, and to deal with difficult and complex circumstances of misuse, abuse and addiction. The expertise of Weston Medical Publishing extends to the presentation of the International Conference on Opioids (ICOO), a 2+ day program featuring renowned specialists and designed to inform primary care physicians, pain specialists, pharmacists and others with an interest in applied opioid pharmacology.
I am also pleased to announce our newly redesigned website, which will grow over time to become a dynamic online community of like-minded clinicians from the international community facing similar challenges the world over. As you browse through the new website, you'll see several important new features and links:
IAPCD News Feed - In The News: Part of the IAPCD's commitment to providing members with the most up-to-date news and information concerning pain and chemical dependency. Updated regularly, the IAPCD News Feed is your most convenient single source for finding out what's happening internationally in this niche market.
IAPCD Member Forum: Who understands your problems and clinical challenges better than your colleagues who also treat patients with pain and/or chemical dependency? To facilitate a collegial sharing of ideas, information, resources and answers to questions, problems and challenges, the IAPCD is developing a Member Forum that will allow members to easily communicate with each other, to address the questions that most concern them, and to hear from international colleagues who've faced similar challenges. Through the development of an online community, we can share stories, solutions, and advice, and support each other in the treatment of our patients with pain and/or chemical dependency. I encourage every member to register and visit the forum, to read the entries, provide feedback, or to even begin your own communication thread!
Enduring Content from the International Conference on Opioids (ICOO): We acknowledge one of the benefits of our new association with Weston Medical Publishing and their International Conference on Opioids. The conference was created to educate primary care physicians, pain specialists, addiction medicine clinicians, pharmacists and others with an interest in applied opioid pharmacology and the public health with new data and essential information in the best practices, abuses and legal ramifications of opioids. ICOO is a unique opportunity to address some of today's most critical issues in opioid therapies for pain management. Among these issues are balancing fundamental rights of patients and clinicians with the challenge of risk containment for opioid misuse, abuse, and addiction associated with medical prescribing and use of controlled substances. Through evidence-based scientific data, validated tools, and the expertise of a cadre of leading pain and addiction medicine experts, ICOO provides clinicians with guidance in the implementation of good practice management techniques.
In order to insure a successful revitalization of IAPCD we encourage your active participation as a Board or Committee member, at IAPCD and affiliated conferences and events, submitting editorial content for the web site, NewsFeed or other IAPCD publications, and to promote our mission among your colleagues. I am confident that we are now embarking on course to maintain IAPCD as an organization committed to supporting the international community of clinicians who undertake the numerous and diverse challenges of treating patients with pain and/or chemical dependency.
Thank you, in advance, for all of your support. I look forward to rebuilding the IAPCD together!
Ian Buttfield, MBBS, MD