Don’t Force Patients Off Opioids Abruptly, New Guidelines Say, Warning Of Severe Risks

(By Will Stone and Allison Aubrey for NPR)

There’s no doubt that opioids have been massively overprescribed in U.S. In the haste to address the epidemic, there’s been pressure on doctors to reduce prescriptions of these drugs — and in fact prescriptions are declining. But along the way, some chronic pain patients have been forced to rapidly taper or discontinue the drugs altogether.  Continue reading article here…

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