Opioid stigma is keeping many cancer patients from getting the pain control they need

(By Sara Ray and Kathleen Hoffman for STAT)

History is repeating itself. Twenty years ago, a pain management crisis existed. As many as 70 percent of cancer patients in treatment at that time, or in end-of-life care, experienced unalleviated pain. Identified as a major medical problem, poor pain management became synonymous with poor medical care. In fact, prescribing adequate pain medication became mandatory for hospital accreditation. Continue reading article here…

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