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Opioid abuse in chronic pain—misconceptions and mitigation strategies.

Volkow ND, McLellan T. Opioid Abuse in Chronic Pain--Misconceptions and Mitigation Strategies. New Engl J Med. 2016;374(13)(13):1253-1263. doi:10.1056/NEJMra1507771.

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June 15, 2016
Volkow ND, McLellan T. New Engl J Med. 2016;374(13):1253-1263.

The misuse of prescription opioids has received attention as both a clinical and public health emergency. This review explains the physiological factors that contribute to this epidemic and clarifies current evidence to address misunderstandings about therapeutic opioids and risks involved in prescribing them. The authors suggest enhanced use of monitoring mechanisms and alternative therapies to promote safer methods of pain relief.

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Volkow ND, McLellan T. Opioid Abuse in Chronic Pain--Misconceptions and Mitigation Strategies. New Engl J Med. 2016;374(13)(13):1253-1263. doi:10.1056/NEJMra1507771.