Friday, May 8, 2015

Topic: Survey: Most Pain Patients Don't Abuse Painkillers

Survey: Most Pain Patients Don't Abuse Painkillers


Only a small percentage of chronic pain patients misuse or abuse their opioid painkillers, according to a wide ranging survey by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids that also found a “disconnect” between patients and their doctors about opioid prescribing.



About one in ten pain patients (7% of chronic pain patients and 13% of acute pain patients) admitted misusing their opioid medications. Nearly half took longer to finish their prescriptions than directed – which was usually an effort to save the pain medication for another time.

More than one in ten (13% of chronic pain patients and 15% of acute pain patients) admitted using someone else's opiate prescription.



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