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Dr. Joel Morton

Dr. Joel Morton is the Medical Director of Summit Pharmacy, Inc. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine...

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Alan Pierce

Alan S. Pierce has served as chairperson of the American Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Section and the Massachusetts Bar...

“There are more people in chronic pain in America today than diabetics, those with heart disease, those suffering from strokes, and those with cancer combined.” – Dr. Joel Morton

The prevalence of chronic pain across the United States is certainly associated with the overuse of opiates, opioids, and narcotics, three words that are used interchangeably. While there are requirements surrounding the improper prescribing of highly-addictive pain relievers, they have been widely unenforced. The question remains, how do we address an individual’s problem of chronic pain without causing widespread opiate addiction issues.

In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, Alan Pierce interviews Dr. Joel Morton about the association between chronic pain and opioid addiction, alternative treatments to long-term opioid prescription, and how his company, Summit Pharmacy, works to help injured workers and has guidelines to recognize potential overuse. Dr. Morton describes the need for a mental evaluation of a patient for depression or a history of addiction before prescribing highly addictive products. He discusses alternatives such as anti-seizure medication, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy, exercise therapy, and acupuncture. In the end, Dr. Morton says, it is the chronic pain issue that the medical, legal, and criminal community need to address.

Summit Pharmacy is a mail-order pharmacy that works alongside injured workers and attorneys to help them manage the claim and filling patients’ prescriptions regardless of claim status. Listen to this interview to learn more about the company.

Dr. Joel Morton is the medical director of Summit Pharmacy, Inc. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 and he is a board-certified family physician. He has had extensive experience as a physician in charge of workers compensation clinics in North Carolina and throughout the United States. Dr. Morton also has training in sports medicine. He is a recently retired lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force reserve and he served active duty in Iraq in 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Published: March 26, 2015
Podcast: Workers Comp Matters
Category: Medical Law
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