The impact of the opioid crisis has wrought devastating effects on patients, families, communities and economies. Conscientious healthcare professionals have a responsibility. It is incumbent on us to treat and manage our patients’ pain with the highest regard for their safety and wellbeing.
The Costello Pain Care Pledge™ (The Costello Pledge) is a commitment to responsible pain management. Developed by Dean Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, The Costello Pledge is a core part of the curriculum and a part of everyday practice in our institution.
We extend an invitation to all healthcare professionals to Take the Costello Pledge, adopt the Guidelines for Prescribing Pain Medications™, and demonstrate a commitment to these ethical standards regarding medication prescription.