Challenges in using opioids to treat pain in persons with substance use disorders

Title

Challenges in using opioids to treat pain in persons with substance use disorders

Creator

Savage SR; Kirsh KL; Passik SD

Identifier

Publisher

Addiction Science & Clinical Practice

Date

2008

Subject

Humans; Analgesics; Cooperative Behavior; Comorbidity; Long-Term Care; Motivation; Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; Primary Health Care; patient care team; Opioid/adverse effects/therapeutic use; Drug Tolerance; Opioid-Related Disorders/diagnosis/epidemiology/etiology/rehabilitation; Pain/drug therapy/epidemiology; Recurrence/prevention & control; Substance Withdrawal Syndrome/diagnosis/etiology; Substance-Related Disorders/epidemiology/rehabilitation

Description

Pain and substance abuse co-occur frequently, and each can make the other more difficult to treat. A knowledge of pain and its interrelationships with addiction enhances the addiction specialist's efficacy with many patients, both in the substance abuse setting and in collaboration with pain specialists. This article discusses the neurobiology and clinical presentation of pain and its synergies with substance use disorders, presents methodical approaches to the evaluation and treatment of pain that co-occurs with substance use disorders, and provides practical guidelines for the use of opioids to treat pain in individuals with histories of addiction. The authors consider that every pain complaint deserves careful investigation and every patient in pain has a right to effective treatment.
2008

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

4-25

Issue

2

Volume

4

Citation

Savage SR; Kirsh KL; Passik SD, “Challenges in using opioids to treat pain in persons with substance use disorders,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 26, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14127.

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