The number of patients who abuse opioids is increasing. Patients who abuse opioids have a higher incidence of pain and a greater rate of hospitalization. Providers tend to undertreat pain in this population due to biases, misconceptions, and systems issues. This article discusses the dynamics of pain management in patients who abuse opioids. Assessment and treatment approaches will be outlined that can make managing pain in this population more effective. An argument for viewing substance abuse as a chronic medical problem, rather than a moral issue, will be advanced.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing|
|State||Published - Sep 21 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing