Just a quick note– A group of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine weigh in on the issue of opioid prescribing in an online editorial available through this link. The editorial appears in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and I do not know how long the link will be active. All such articles are copyright-protected, keeping me from posting them here– but the link operational for non-subscribers, at least for now.
In short, the editorial calls for several measures for patients prescribed chronic opioids, including monitoring for abuse, greater education, and creation of databases to prevent over-prescribing, doctor shopping, etc.
Thank you to everyone who chimed in with opinions about the PROP letter. I shared the comments with the people at PROP, and those who read the comments saw an interesting exchange between the a couple of physicians from that group and a physician from pain-topics.org. Hopefully the letter and comments– along with the other articles I’ve highlighted– will help provide an understanding of the current debate over using opioids for chronic pain.
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