The Pain Medicine Point/Counterpoint is designed to engage the audience and generate a discussion about immensely important topics in our practice and in the public eye. This session covers popular topics that challenge both general physiatrists and pain specialists.

The first topic will be whether cannabinoids are a better pain treatment than opioids. There will be a speaker supporting cannabinoids as a superior choice and another arguing that opioids are a better choice. There will be time for questions and discussion after the topic.

The second topic will address whether pain is the fifth vital sign (or not) as well as the history behind this term. The presentation will include consideration of function as the fifth vital sign and ways to incorporate this into practice.

The presentations and discussion will be immediately followed by the Pain Council Meeting.