I’m hearing of people who suffer from intense chronic pain, but who used to be addicts, being denied pain medications. This is inhumane and unethical.
The problem of addicts needing pain medications is well-known, and no one is recommending that addicts simply suffer without pain relief (in fact, there is some question about whether opioid addicts might actually be self-treating pain with street drugs).
Here are several articles from PubMed that deal with this issue, proving that it’s possible for addicts to receive pain management with opioids:
- Buprenorphine-naloxone therapy in pain management. – PubMed
- Sublingual buprenorphine/naloxone for chronic pain in at-risk patie… – PubMed
- Clinical and pharmacological evaluation of buprenorphine and naloxo… – PubMed
- Spotlight on buprenorphine/naloxone in the treatment of opioid depe… – PubMed
- The experience of chronic severe pain in patients undergoing methad… – PubMed
- Assessment and management of chronic pain in individuals seeking tr… – PubMed
- The appropriate treatment of chronic pain. – PubMed
Full Text PMC Articles
- Buprenorphine/naloxone as a promising therapeutic option for opioid abusing patients with chronic pain: Reduction of pain, opioid withdrawal symptoms, and abuse liability of oral oxycodone
- Pain and Associated Substance Use among Opioid Dependent Individuals Seeking Office-Based Treatment with Buprenorphine-Naloxone: A Needs Assessment Study
- Providers’ Experiences Treating Chronic Pain Among Opioid-Dependent Drug Users
- what are some important things to know about the treating patients in pain with co-existing addiction issues?