The Doctor’s Dilemma: opiate analgesics and chronic pain

“…the great majority of individuals abusing opioids (usually young people) are getting ‘high’ taking grandma’s Oxycontin®, stealing it or buying it from their friends or relatives and do not get them by prescription from an MD.”

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

The Doctor’s Dilemma: opiate analgesics and chronic pain – free full text PMC article – Feb 24, 2012

Opiates have been used for centuries and remain to this day the most potent and reliable analgesic agents

Beyond potent analgesia, opiates reduce anxiety and produce mild sedation and a palpable sense of well-being, often to the point of euphoria. These are an unmitigated benefit for patients who would otherwise have to endure the pain and suffering of acute or terminal medical conditions

The problem is that the most powerful opiate analgesics are also the most liable to cause abuse and addiction

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