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Study:  Readmission Within the First Day of Discharge Is Painful:  Experience From an Australian General Surgical Service

Interesting study, on readmission to hospital within one day of discharge from a general surgical service, in Australia.  And the most common reason for readmission? Pain. Could it be that all those anti-opioid zealots who are ‘minimising’ opioids use, which in reality often means denying… Read More »Study:  Readmission Within the First Day of Discharge Is Painful:  Experience From an Australian General Surgical Service

Study:  Patterns of opioid dispensing and associated wage replacement duration in workers with accepted claims for low back pain: a retrospective cohort study

written by Psychosomatic Addict Research study by Monash University – https://journals.lww.com/pain/Abstract/2022/08000/Patterns_of_opioid_dispensing_and_associated_wage.13.aspx The write up of the study on the Monash University website: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/news/latest/2022-articles/opioid-prescription-patterns-in-injured-workers It has been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of writing up a scientific study on chronic pain. Not because I… Read More »Study:  Patterns of opioid dispensing and associated wage replacement duration in workers with accepted claims for low back pain: a retrospective cohort study

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Study: Opioid tapering in chronic pain patients is associated with increased overdose and mental health crisis extending for up to two years

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/06/220613124547.htm Date: June 13, 2022 Source: University of California – Davis Health Researchers have found that tapering chronic pain patients off their opioid pain medications may be far more dangerous than continuing opioid therapy.   This runs counter to the current regulatory environment in Australia that… Read More »Study: Opioid tapering in chronic pain patients is associated with increased overdose and mental health crisis extending for up to two years

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GUIDELINE FOR DEPRESCRIBING OPIOID ANALGESICS

This is important for every Australian who is on long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain https://www.opioiddeprescribingguideline.com Most people in the chronic pain community will not be aware that there are Draft Opioid Deprescribing Guidelines currently open for public comment. The Draft Guidelines and a template… Read More »GUIDELINE FOR DEPRESCRIBING OPIOID ANALGESICS

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

Opioids are ineffective for osteoarthritis pain long term – or are they?

Another new study on opioids for chronic pain has just been released and the Australian media has picked it up and is running with sensationalistic anti-opioid headlines.  Again.  I’ve seen articles today in The Conversation and the Sydney Morning Herald.  Predictably, the media, and the… Read More »Opioids are ineffective for osteoarthritis pain long term – or are they?

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CDC proposes new guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain, including opioid prescribing

The US government proposed new guidelines for prescribing opioid pain medications on Thursday.  Of particular importance is that they have removed the previously applied recommended ceilings on doses for chronic pain patients, and instead encourage doctors to use their clinical judgement. This is a huge… Read More »CDC proposes new guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain, including opioid prescribing