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Pain Patients Don’t Help Their Cause by Denying Reality

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Chronic pain patients who rely on opioids for pain relief feel under siege.  Because of concerns about opioid addiction and overdose, federal, state and local governments have been instituting policies that discourage opioid prescribing.  In response, many physicians are indiscriminately reducing the amount of opioids they prescribe.  In some cases, they are quickly and drastically […]

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Trying Everything for Chronic Pain

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The decision to use opioids for chronic pain is a serious one. Harm is common. Official estimates of the percentage of chronic, non-cancer pain patients who become addicted to opioids is 25 percent. Some studies have put that percentage even higher, at 37 percent or more. 190,000 Americans have died of prescription opioid overdoses. According […]

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Prince, Paupers and Opioid Overdose

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Iconic rock star Prince died on April 21 at the age of 57. According to numerous media reports, the likely cause of death was opioid overdose. According to reports, on the way back from a concert a week before his death, Prince’s plane made an emergency landing and Prince was administered Narcan by EMTS to revive […]

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Addressing Two Epidemics: Chronic Pain and Addiction

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Two devastating epidemics are raging across America: an epidemic of chronic pain, which affects 116 million Americans, and an epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction, which has 2 million Americans in its grip, with tens of thousands dying annually of opioid overdoses. These two epidemics are causally related. A monumental increase in the number of […]

 
 
 
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