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Why are people who live with severe, daily chronic pain not included in the conversation around pain management?

The title says it all. Why are those people who are living with daily, severe pain excluded from the conversation around pain management?  Why are we treated as problems with no solution, difficult, unpleasant and something to be swept under the rug?   With “patient centred… Read More »Why are people who live with severe, daily chronic pain not included in the conversation around pain management?

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

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 (what they defined as ‘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

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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

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 continue to cite rising deaths due to opioids without clarifying that a large percentage of the current deaths are related to… Read More »Study: “One Size Fits All” Doesn’t Fit When It Comes to Long-Term Opioid Use for People with Chronic Pain