Can You Tolerate Opioids?

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It is undeniable. Opioids are being abused.

Opioid Abuse is Not New

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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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