Treating pain in patients with co-existing addiction

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:

PubMed articles

Full Text PMC Articles

Pain.edu article:

 

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