Interpreting Drug Concentrations in Chronic Pain Patients, Palliative, or Hospice Care: Grand Rounds 2022


When: This event originally occurred on March 4th, 2022.

Presenter: Dr. Katherine Maloney, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner at the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office in Buffalo, NY


Chronic pain and hospice patients often have elevated levels of pain medications in their system due to prolonged use at high doses. Interpretation of these levels can be problematic for the forensic pathologist trying to determine whether these drugs contributed to the cause of death. The goal of this talk is to discuss the issues at play and provide recommendations for toxicologic interpretation.


Detailed Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss common medications utilized by chronic pain and hospice patients
  • Interpretation of medication levels in general
  • Evaluate the role of different medications in the cause of death


*Funding for this training was made possible by a cooperative agreement between the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [6 NU38OT000303-03-02]. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


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