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One in 4 Patients Prescribed Opioids Will Move to Long-Term Use
Weighing the pros and cons of prescription opioid use for chronic pain is an ongoing battle, and new research may have just added to the list of disadvantages.
With 259 million painkiller prescriptions written in 2012 alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the most common side effects experienced by patients being treated for chronic pain is opioid-induced constipation (OIC).
It should be common knowledge that prescription opioids have addictive properties, yet alarming survey results reveal that many healthcare providers do not understand the extent to which this is the case.
A new opioid will soon be on the market now that final approval from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been confirmed.
Researchers from Northwestern University have suggested that many mental disorders do not appear to predict future violent behavior, with the exception of substance use disorders.
A CDC report recommends that when physicians prescribe opioids, appropriate patients should also get naloxone kits in case they overdose.
For the first time, a direct biophysical link has been identified that connects chronic pain with mental health and substance abuse.

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