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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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Study: Initial opioid prescription patterns and the risk of ongoing use and adverse outcomes

Published March 2021 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33300138/ This is a very large study with 2,021,371 participants. It looked at patients who were prescribed an opioid for pain and examined how many people continued to take them long-term (addiction) (3.17%) and how many experienced an opioid overdose (0.055%). It’s… Read More »Study: Initial opioid prescription patterns and the risk of ongoing use and adverse outcomes

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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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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