Bob Haagensen 
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Re: “Opioid limits are hurting some, who say they need the drugs

"History tells us that drugs like this tend to lead to addiction." Really? What history? There's good long-term research to show that opioid treatment is highly effective for both acute and moderate-to-severe chronic pain, is completely safe under medical supervision, and does NOT lead to addiction. A 2010 Cochrane review examined 26 studies involving nearly 5,000 patients and concluded that opioid therapy yielded a clinically significant reductions in pain for everyone, and that addiction occurred in only 0.27% of cases (13 people out of 5,000).

Another study of more than 39,000 Ontarians post-op found that opiate use extended past twelve months in only 0.4% of them, and these 0.4%, having had notoriously painful thoracic surgery, were probably still on an opioid a year later for pain, not to get high. So much for those stories we hear day after day about the young man with all his life ahead of him who gets a wisdom tooth extracted, gets addicted to the seven-day course of Percocet his dentist sends him home with, becomes a street addict, and dies of an overdose. All because of seven Percocets. Wow.

Pain specialists put addiction rates from medical exposure to opioids at between 0.4 and 0.9%, and at zero when patients are screened in advance for addiction precursors.

This was a good story until we got to the place where the reporter recycled the same tired myths. If you had untreated or undertreated severe pain, J Adrian Stanley, how would you feel to know that your treatment -- that is, no treatment -- was based on an old wives' tale? Please, do your research!

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Posted by Bob Haagensen on 08/24/2017 at 8:31 AM

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