Why Are We Still Talking about Opiophobia?
August 22, 2011
That physician and patient fears regarding the risks and dangers of opioids
are overblown, particularly when it comes to addiction and dependence, has
been much discussed. Yet, despite the consensus that properly selected and
administered opioids are a safe and effective pain management option in both the
cancer and noncancer settings, we still seem to be having the same conversations
about the need for more education, training, and outreach designed to improve
physicians' knowledge and awareness of effective opioid prescribing practices.