The pronounced increase in prescribing opioid analgesics for chronic noncancer pain has led to escalating concern about potential harms.1 The increase in opioid prescribing is paralleled by an increase in overdose deaths, and there is a dose-related elevation in the risk of […]
Prescribing of opioids at the time of discharge from an acute hospitalization represents an important but under-described potential avenue through which previously opioid-naïve patients may develop long-term use. Read the full PDF article Here
Courtesy of Oregon Pain Guidance.
Deaths from prescription-opioid overdose have increased dramatically in the United States, quadrupling in the past 15 years. Efforts to improve pain management resulted in quadrupled rates of opioid prescribing, which propelled a tightly correlated epidemic of addiction, overdose, and death […]
An epidemic of drug overdose deaths has led to calls for programs and policies to limit misuse and diversion of opioid medications. Any parallel call to consider the risk of iatrogenic addiction when treating pain has been muted in comparison. […]