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Study:  Are Prescription Opioids Driving the Opioid Crisis? Assumptions vs Facts

Many current assumptions about opioid analgesics are ill-founded. Illicit fentanyl and heroin, not opioid prescribing, now fuel the current opioid overdose epidemic. National discussion has often neglected the potentially devastating effects of uncontrolled chronic pain. Opioid analgesic prescribing and related overdoses are in decline, at great cost to patients with pain who have benefited or may benefit from, but cannot access, opioid analgesic therapy.

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Study:  Efficacy of opioids versus placebo in chronic pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of enriched enrolment randomized withdrawal trials

This meta-analysis of FDA-required double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials of opioid analgesics for the treatment of chronic pain has shown that there is an ample evidence base supporting the efficacy of opioid analgesics for at least 3 months’ duration, a standard period for the evaluation of treatments for chronic pain and other chronic disorders

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Study: “One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Fit When It Comes to Long-Term Opioid Use for People with Chronic Pain

M. E. Lynch &J. KatzPublished online: 04 May 2017 Information courtesy of Kev James, Chronic Pain Patient Advocate. LinkedIn Source: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24740527.2017.1319733 This study pulls no punches: “The use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain continues to be a flashpoint in medicine. The media and others… Read More »Study: “One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Fit When It Comes to Long-Term Opioid Use for People with Chronic Pain

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Study: Appropriate and responsible use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain

Harald Breivik First published: 09 January 2012 Information courtesy of Kev James, Chronic Pain Patient Advocate. LinkedIn Read the full study here In 2012 a group of distinguished pain clinicians from nine European countries got together to discuss the appropriate use of strong opioids for… Read More »Study: Appropriate and responsible use of opioids in chronic non-cancer pain

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Study: Long-term use of controlled-release oxycodone for noncancer pain: results of a 3-year registry study

After three months of treatment, the large majority of patients, who were on stable doses, the average pain intensity scores were  unchanged or improved for approximately 70 to 80% of patients.  The most common adverse events were not serious, including constipation and nausea, and the incidence of these events declined over time on treatment. 

The ‘science’ behind 90MME as the upper limit for opioids prescribed for chronic pain

In 2016 the US Centers for Disease control (CDC) released guidelines on the prescribing of opioids for chronic pain in an effort to reduce opioid overdose deaths.  These guidelines had disastrous consequences for US chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP) patients, many of whom were force tapered… Read More »The ‘science’ behind 90MME as the upper limit for opioids prescribed for chronic pain