Can You Tolerate Opioids?


It is undeniable. Opioids are being abused.

Opioid Abuse is Not New


Most pain has identifiable trauma as its origin. Some is degenerative. Trauma pain can last weeks. Whether the source is mi­graines, back­ache, hip or knee pain, chronic pain lasts more than three months—often many years. In the midst of an opioid epidemic, why would anyone want a prescription for it? Those with an addiction may have a simple answer. How about those with chronic pain who do not have an addiction?

Opium has a long, largely unregulated history. It may have arrived in America on the Mayflower. Around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid, with or without a prescription. Nearly a quarter of patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggle with opioid addiction. So legislation was passed in 2018 that governs how opioids are dispensed.

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